I agree with you. As for names, it's the whole state legislature. The Republicans are worse than the Democrats, but we can never be sure that any of them will do the right thing. Last year Democrats voted with Republicans for human services cuts that killed people. This year the Democrats are hanging tough so far, but as the pressure builds for a new budget for the next two years, all the state legislators will be tempted to make some kind of compromise deal so they can go home. Often they don't seem to understand the programs they're cutting, or what the consequences will be.
Republicans control the state House. The state Senate is split 15-15 between the Democrats and the Republicans. The governor is a Democrat and has the veto. Nothing can pass unless the Democrats allow it to, so they are equally responsible for the next budget.
They need to hear from you. Please contact your state legislators at:
Tell them that funding human services required for survival should be their highest priority. Say that if the state legislature passes a budget for the next two years that cuts essential human services you will hold both parties equally responsible, and will vote against all incumbents in the next election.
This is quick and easy, just fill out a form on their website, and you don't have to know who your legislators are - they'll look it up for you based on your zip code.
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2003 14:54:28 EDT
Subject: Re: [PS] Human services cuts are a scandal
Give us names! Let's call them on their actions. They think constituents don't matter because nobody has ever held them accountable. I say it is time to bring these special interest whores out in the open!! It is time to get LOUD!