Sign the Petition- CT Needs More Than an Austerity Budget!

[This petition will go to Governor Malloy and Members of the General Assembly]

 

This petition is the result of a collaborative effort between numerous nonprofit organizations working in Connecticut!

 

Connecticut’s budget situation is dire.  Connecticut needs more than an austerity budget, with cuts only.  We need a budget that is open to new, equitable revenue options and that builds Connecticut’s economy and invests in our families, neighbors, co-workers, and friends.  Continued cuts will increase need and expenses over the years.  With an estimated $5 billion deficit over the next two years, programs that help lift people out of poverty and create economic prosperity in Connecticut are under siege again.  As the stewards of our state, you must not kick the can anymore. Numerous important programs assisting Connecticut’s children, families, and those who rely on the state are at risk:  

  • Care4Kids child care subsidies
  • HUSKY A health insurance for parents
  • Dental insurance
  • Even Start, Help Me Grow, and Two-Generation parent-child programs
  • Developmental/remedial education for community college students
  • State Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
  • Mental health services provided by DHMAS
  • Fair and just election system

Connecticut cannot sustain deeper cuts to existing programs.  Connecticut’s wealth gap is significant and hurts the long-term success of our children and families that work hard with little to show for it.  Unless we can educate our children, unless we can create opportunity for successful employment, and until we build a community that supports all of our residents, any investments already made will be lost.  As the stewards of our state, it is time you, our policymakers, support our long-term needs as investments and not as expenditures to be cut. We support revenue options that build a stronger and healthier Connecticut and are investments in all of our futures. 

  • Broaden the sales tax to include services and lower the sales tax rate
  • Implement an excise tax on sugary-sweetened beverages
  • Consider numerous other options detailed in this brief from Connecticut Voices for Children.

Cuts alone to close the $5 billion budget deficit could result in the loss of thousands of jobs, programs that create self-sufficiency, and the wonderful quality of life we have in Connecticut. We need a budget that empowers all residents to thrive, invests in our people, and isn’t balanced on the back of Connecticut’s most disadvantaged residents! 

Who's signing

Yris Oyola
Guana Darbouze
Cynthia Maignan
Susan Corrice
Elizabeth Carpenter
Theresa Govert
Doreen Lebel
Martha Cohen
Daniela Giordano
Molly Cole
Sharon Lynch
Clara Ryan
Emily Rummel
Yanil Teron
Theresa Baylock
Merilyn Gustafson
Yazmin Iglesias
Penny Smyth
Nancy Meyers
Mary Guitar
Andrea Simmons
Terry Freeman
Christina Van Scoy
John and Mary Sevanick
Fran Ludwig
Alyssa Siegel-Miles
Sister Linda Pepe, CSJ
Sister Mary Alice Synkewecz
Lj Granata
Yoly Irizarry
182 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Yris Oyola
    signed 2018-07-23 14:20:18 -0400
  • Guana Darbouze
    signed 2017-12-08 23:13:14 -0500
    Guana Darbouze
  • Cynthia Maignan
    signed 2017-08-11 02:18:11 -0400
    Services to the most vulnerable populations are always in jeopardy and the vulnerable are the ones who need services the most. This is a travesty. Further cuts to human services will have a devastating impact on children and families, the elderly and those with health and mental health issues.
  • Susan Corrice
    signed 2017-05-30 12:46:02 -0400
  • Elizabeth Carpenter
    signed 2017-05-25 09:09:12 -0400
  • Theresa Govert
    signed 2017-05-24 21:38:22 -0400
  • Doreen Lebel
    signed 2017-05-24 19:24:05 -0400
    Doreen Lebel
  • Martha Cohen
    signed 2017-05-24 18:29:19 -0400
    Connecticut is BETTER than this.
  • Daniela Giordano
    signed 2017-05-23 16:53:26 -0400
  • Molly Cole
    signed 2017-05-23 14:04:58 -0400
  • Sharon Lynch
    signed 2017-05-23 11:05:21 -0400
  • Clara Ryan
    signed 2017-05-23 10:56:52 -0400
  • Emily Rummel
    signed 2017-05-23 09:29:15 -0400
  • Yanil Teron
    signed 2017-05-23 09:15:12 -0400
    Yanil Teron
  • Theresa Baylock
    signed 2017-05-23 08:46:12 -0400
  • Merilyn Gustafson
    signed 2017-05-23 07:37:12 -0400
  • Yazmin Iglesias
    signed 2017-05-22 20:43:51 -0400
    Yazmin Iglesias
  • Penny Smyth
    signed 2017-05-22 19:15:03 -0400
  • Nancy Meyers
    signed via 2017-05-22 18:42:54 -0400
  • Mary Guitar
    signed 2017-05-22 18:11:54 -0400
  • Andrea Simmons
    signed 2017-05-22 17:36:17 -0400
    Andrea Simmons
  • Terry Freeman
    signed via 2017-05-22 17:35:31 -0400
  • Christina Van Scoy
    signed 2017-05-22 17:21:58 -0400
    Christina Van Scoy
  • John and Mary Sevanick
    signed 2017-05-22 16:38:27 -0400
  • Fran Ludwig
    signed 2017-05-22 16:34:09 -0400
    Fran Ludwig
  • Alyssa Siegel-Miles
    signed 2017-05-22 16:06:56 -0400
  • Sister Linda Pepe, CSJ
    signed 2017-05-22 15:22:58 -0400
  • Sister Mary Alice Synkewecz
    signed 2017-05-22 15:17:03 -0400
  • Lj Granata
    signed 2017-05-22 11:30:18 -0400
  • Yoly Irizarry
    signed 2017-05-22 08:45:56 -0400

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