Today at noon, Health Care For All supported the Stop the Cuts coalition in a State House rally.
Members of the coalition – including SEIU, Neighbor to Neighbor, NASW, Coalition for Social Justice – packed the hearing room to hear from speakers about the importance of raising revenues to protect services. From the coalition’s media advisory: “As the House begins the tough debate on their FY10 budget…a broad coalition of advocates for schools, working families, and our communities will simultaneously be holding an event and lobby day to show lawmakers the detrimental effects over $1 billion in cuts will do to Massachusetts’ communities and families. Lay-offs to our teachers and police officers are resulting in overcrowded classrooms and unsafe streets. Instead of cutting the budget more, we must be raising new revenue to invest in education, infrastructure, and social programs. Finding new revenue streams is the only way to help save our state in this economic crisis.”
Click here (pdf) to learn more about specific cuts. After hearing from a few speakers, including Mayor Curtatone of Somerville, attendees lobbied their representatives.