EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS - Senate Ways & Means Proposal FY2014
May 20, 2013
The Senate Ways & Means Committee budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2014 does not adequately fund sexual and domestic violence services and programs.
Please take two minutes to help us secure co-sponsors for amendments to increase the funding for these life-saving and life-changing services.
Ask your senator to sign on to the Department of Public Health (DPH) line item 4513-1130 amendment filed by Senator Eldridge and the Department of Children and Families (DCF) line item 4800-1400 amendment filed by Senator Candaras.
- Amendment #623: DPH line item 4513-1130 – this line item provides funding for rape crisis centers, sexual and domestic violence services for refugees & immigrants and for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities; batterer’s intervention programs, and prevention services. The amendment request of an additional $200,000 matches the amount authorized in the House budget and will be essential as programs try to rebuild programs after prior cuts and increase their capacity to support victims and survivors in their communities.
- Amendment 686: DCF line item 4800-1400 – this line item provides funding for comprehensive domestic violence services. Under a new proposed rate structure specifically for DV residential services, a significant number of domestic violence shelter and residential programs will be cut significantly, and some may not be able to remain open. While many programs immediately need the rate increase that this new structure will provide, others will face significantly cuts if this amendment for $1 million is not included.
As the Senate is facing tough financial decisions for next year’s budget, it’s crucial that they hear from their constituents regarding priorities. These dollars – a total of $1.2 million – spread over more than sixty programs is a small request. But every dollar counts! And JDI will continue to advocate for full restoration of these line items in supplemental budgets in future months.
Meanwhile, victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence are not receiving the help, support, and resources they need to heal from the trauma of abuse and live safely.
Please call/email your Senators and ask them to sign on! Senators have until at least the end of day Tuesday to add their names.
Thank you for your tremendous advocacy on behalf of survivors and their children, family, friends and communities throughout Massachusetts.