Time to Make Some Calls

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Time to Call Advocacy Works

A quick update on the Massachusetts State Budget: Governor Baker signed the Commonwealth’s budget for Fiscal Year 2019 and there is some very good news for the Disability Community, but some bad news too.

 

  • The new budget contains 88 million dollars for Regional Transit Authorities (including PVTA and FRTA). That’s an increase of six million dollars! Two million of that will go to the PVTA to help address its deficit. There will still be a $700,000 deficit, however, so some service cuts will definitely go forward. And RTAs like Franklin County will be eligible to apply for new funds from the Department of Transportation. This is a lot better than what we had, even if we will have some advocacy to do around the details.                                                                              
  • The new budget contains more than a million new dollars for the Alternative Housing Voucher Program! This is going to help persons with disabilities looking for housing around the state!!                                                      
  • And the new budget contains more than a million new dollars for the state’s 10 independent living centers. Even if we don’t have all the details yet, that’s a big deal!

 

BAD NEWS !  The Governor vetoed budget language that would have eliminated the Cap on Kids – the state policy that does not allow transitional assistance to children who are born while their mothers are in the Transitional Assistance to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC). Instead, the Governor wants the legislature to approve his amendment that would allow the state to count Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in determining eligibility for TAFDC benefits. Such a move would mean drastic benefit cuts for at least 6,800 children.

 So, please, please think about…

 

- Calling and asking your State Representative to urge Leadership to reject the Governor's amendment in Attachment E, override his TAFDC veto (line item 4403-2000) and reenact family cap repeal.

 

And, if you can…

 

- Call Speaker DeLeo at 617-722-2500 and ask him to reject the Governor's amendment in Attachment E, override his TAFDC veto (line item 4403-2000) and reenact family cap repeal.

 

Please do this today!! We know Advocacy Works!!!

SAVE THE ADA!

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The so called Education and Reform Act HR 620 proposes to give business owners even more time to make accommodations, and would require persons with disabilities to file a complaint and then wait six months to see if the problem got fixed.

Wait. What? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)  has been around since 1990. Do you think 27 years is enough time for any business to get accessible and for business owners to learn about the law? 27 Years!

If you think this new proposal HR 620 is unfair we ask you to contact your congressperson. Let them know
that you are tired of waiting for access, and that you want MORE access, not less! We are asking you to be vigilant! The ADA and other laws are under attack and we need to defend our rights.

Contact your Congressperson let them know you won't let them take access away !