Debate begins on Senate FY2016 Budget Plan
May 18, 2015
The Senate is scheduled to begin debate on the budget tomorrow, May 19, 2015.
With your help we can urge the Senate to allocate adequate funding for sexual and domestic violence services and prevention. Thanks for your advocacy! Every phone call or email makes a difference.
BACKGROUND: The House and the Senate took a bold stand to address the needs of survivors in Massachusetts last summer with the passage of comprehensive DV/SA legislation (Chapter 260 of the Acts of 2014). The implementation of this legislation has created and will continue to create greater demand for services on an already stretched network of prevention and intervention services. Additional high profile issues such as sexual assault on college campuses and in the military and increased attention to domestic violence as a result of NFL cases have also generated more awareness and demands on local sexual and domestic violence programs. Increases are needed in all line items to support victims and survivors.
The House budget proposal for FY2016 increased funding and the following amendments would either match or surpass those increases in the Senate version. After the Senate votes, the two chambers will conference to pass a single budget proposal that then goes to the Governor.
Please contact your state Senator TODAY and ask them to co-sponsor and support the following amendments to the Senate Ways and Means budget!
EHS 919--Domestic Violence Prevention
Ms. Creem Messrs. Brownsberger, Lewis, Moore and McGee moved that the bill be amended, in Section 2, in item 4513-1130, by adding at the end thereof the following: "; and provided further, that funds shall be expended for the public health model of community engagement and intervention services for crisis housing for sexual violence and intimate partner violence in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning communities"; and in said item, by striking out the figures "$5,827,078" and inserting in place thereof the figures "$7,500,000"
EHS 711--Domestic Violence Shelters and Support Services
Mr. Keenan and Mr. Moore moved that the bill be amended, in Section 2, in item 4800-1400, by striking out the figure "$24,298,905" and inserting in place thereof the figure:- “$28,000,000”
EPS 671--Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program
Mr. Rush and Mr. Moore moved that the bill be amended, in Section 2, in item 4510-0810, by striking out the figures “$3,869,814” and inserting in place thereof the following figures:- “$4,595,000”
JDI is also in support the following 2 amendments and request your support on these as well:
EHS 903--Healthy Relationships Grant Program
Messrs. Eldridge, Barrett, Ross and Keenan, Ms. Donoghue, Messrs Brownsberger, Welch, Moore, McGee, Lewis, and Joyce moved that the bill be amended in Section 2, by inserting after 4513-1130 the following item:- “4513-1131 For a competitive grant program in public schools from grades 5 through 12 that will promote healthy relationships and address teen dating violence; provided, that the department of elementary and secondary education shall develop a 3 year grant program for 10 schools on anti-teen dating violence programming for implementation for the school year beginning in 2016; provided further, that the grant program shall be for schools in which the majority of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch; and provided further, that at least 1 grantee shall be a school located in a municipality with a population of 25,000 or less………………………$150,000”
ECO 422--HomeBASE Access
Ms. Lovely and Ms. O'Connor Ives moved that the bill be amended, in Section 2, in item 7004-0108, by striking out the words “For a program of short-term housing assistance to help families eligible for temporary emergency shelter under item 7004-0101 or are referenced by the secretary of health and human services under 1599-0017” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- “For a program of short-term housing assistance to help families eligible for temporary emergency shelters under line item 7004-0101 or eligible for, or residing in emergency shelters and residential treatment programs under line items 4800-1400 and 4512-0200”.
And further amend said item by striking out the figures "$26,249,331" and inserting in place thereof the figures"$33,000,000"