State Budget Cuts

The House Ways and Means Committee released its budget, and it funds the Shannon Grant at $5 million. Representative Brady of Brockton will be filing an amendment to increase funding to $8.25 million. Please call or email your Representative today or tomorrow and ask him or her to co-sponsor this amendment.

Let me know if you have any questions, and please forward this email widely! Contact information for Representatives can be found here: http://malegislature.gov/People/CityList

Please use the templates below to keep Shannon funding level for 2016

PHONE CALL SCRIPT TO REPRESENTATIVES:

[Ask to speak with a staff member in the Representative’s office]. Hello, My name is [name] and I live in [city/town in Representative’s district]. and I am calling to ask Representative [Name] to cosponsor Representative Brady’s Shannon Grant amendment. [Explain why you support the Shannon Grant] Thanks!

EMAIL TEMPLATE TO REPRESENTATIVES:

Dear Representative [name]:

I am writing to respectfully urge you to cosponsor Representative Brady’s Shannon Grant amendment in the FY2016 budget.

Since 2006, the Commonwealth has used the Shannon Grant program to combat youth violence, gang violence, and substance abuse through regional and multi-disciplinary efforts. Shannon Grant funds have been used to support law enforcement operations, to hire outreach workers, to fund job training programs, and to support after school programs in many cities and towns that are struggling with youth violence. Over 40 communities and more than 100 agencies have benefited from this program over the last five years, and in that time coordination between law enforcement and social and human services agencies has increased substantially. From a high of $13 million in FY2009, the Shannon Grant is currently receiving $7 million this year. The House Ways and Means proposal for FY2016 is $5 million.

[Describe how Shannon has affected you or your community.]

Thank you for your consideration of this email. Please let me know if you will cosponsor this important amendment.

Sincerely,

[name/title]