Well, folks, the NEXT formal session is Tuesday, October 2, 2007.
The line item that is bogged down in the stalled Supplemental Budget filed by Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray that is critical is 0321-1510.
Some legislators know about it – some do not.
The Speaker’s office set up a voice mail line JUST for this issue [does that mean no one is listening?]
Anyway, if you haven’t called your own representative on this, and are willing, remember:
1. The line item to pay these court appointed attorneys for timely billed, already rendered services is 0321-1510 within the CPCS section of the Supplemental Budget. Remind them this is NOT legal services and this is NOT court funding.
2. If you do not know your representatives #, go to www.mass.gov and then the Great and General Court - there is a list of every representative and the towns they serve.
As for me, I cannot take another day off from my work in my own office. I have no “W2 income” – if I do not work, I do not earn an income.
If I do not get paid for the work I do, I cannot pay my bills. So although I do close my office to testify on bills such as h4191 that I feel could save lives – no one covers my costs to do that.
Similarly, when I make legislative visits on behalf of the court-appointed bar, no one pays for my time, my parking, or my lunch.
Volunteerism is fueled by either passionate concern – or appreciation. Good thing I am long on passionate concern.