Connecticut Association for Human Services

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

Christine Steele
Linda Masson
Denise Senior
Colleen McGill
Rachel Rosenthal
Daria Smith
Darlene Nicholas
Marilyn Calderón
William Cibes
Pat Beeman
Tamarah Smith
Jessica Sager
Win Heimer
Tom Ficklin
Charles Srams
Robin Hudson
Molly Nolan
Alexander Taubes
Jean Mills Aranha
Ethel Doll
Elizabeth Brown
olga egipciaco
Merrill Gay
Kim Hynes
Lee Cruz
184 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Christine Steele
    signed 2017-05-12 14:35:22 -0400
  • Linda Masson
    signed 2017-05-12 14:34:39 -0400
  • Denise Senior
    signed 2017-05-12 14:15:34 -0400
    DENISE SENIOR
  • Colleen McGill
    signed 2017-05-12 12:32:02 -0400
    Colleen McGill
  • Rachel Rosenthal
    signed 2017-05-12 11:20:37 -0400
  • Daria Smith
    signed 2017-05-11 19:16:02 -0400
  • Darlene Nicholas
    signed 2017-05-11 17:15:28 -0400
  • Marilyn Calderón
    signed via 2017-05-10 19:40:06 -0400
  • William Cibes
    signed 2017-05-10 15:50:31 -0400
  • Pat Beeman
    signed 2017-05-10 15:29:36 -0400
  • Tamarah Smith
    signed 2017-05-10 15:24:58 -0400
  • Jessica Sager
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-10 15:14:19 -0400
    Sign the petition: Sign the Petition- CT Needs More Than an Austerity Budget!
  • Jessica Sager
    @JessicaSagerAOK tweeted link to this page. 2017-05-10 15:14:15 -0400
    Sign the petition: Sign the Petition- CT Needs More Than an Austerity Budget! http://www.cahs.org/sign_the_petition_ct_needs_more_than_an_austerity_budget?recruiter_id=244
  • Jessica Sager
    signed 2017-05-10 15:13:36 -0400
    Jessica Sager
  • Win Heimer
    signed 2017-05-10 15:04:08 -0400
  • Tom Ficklin
    signed 2017-05-10 15:03:06 -0400
    Tom FICKLIN
  • Charles Srams
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-10 08:58:10 -0400
    Sign the petition: Sign the Petition- CT Needs More Than an Austerity Budget!
  • Charles Srams
    signed 2017-05-10 08:57:54 -0400
  • Robin Hudson
    signed 2017-05-09 19:00:50 -0400
  • Molly Nolan
    signed via 2017-05-09 17:44:08 -0400
    Molly Nolan
  • Alexander Taubes
    signed 2017-05-09 14:05:33 -0400
  • Jean Mills Aranha
    signed 2017-05-09 13:51:04 -0400
  • Ethel Doll
    signed 2017-05-09 10:20:21 -0400
  • Elizabeth Brown
    signed 2017-05-08 14:54:22 -0400
    Expand the base of residents actually paying taxes, reduce the $13 million dollars in combined sales and business tax exemptions!
  • olga egipciaco
    signed via 2017-05-07 23:17:54 -0400
  • Merrill Gay
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-07 22:06:01 -0400
    Sign the petition: Sign the Petition- CT Needs More Than an Austerity Budget!
  • Merrill Gay
    @NBtriker tweeted link to this page. 2017-05-07 22:05:58 -0400
    Sign the petition: Sign the Petition- CT Needs More Than an Austerity Budget! http://www.cahs.org/sign_the_petition_ct_needs_more_than_an_austerity_budget?recruiter_id=2648
  • Merrill Gay
    signed 2017-05-07 22:05:28 -0400
  • Kim Hynes
    signed 2017-05-07 20:57:13 -0400
  • Lee Cruz
    signed 2017-05-07 10:24:55 -0400

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