I know you all get alerts from various advocacy groups to call your Senator today to urge her/him to support a budget amendment. The one below came into my email last night from Lew Finfer around youth jobs, youth leadership and anti violence programs are near and dear to my heart. And they are dear to my head because these programs really do make a difference in thousands of kids lives.
The Senate Budget Debate really starts tomorrow in separate Democratic and Republican caucuses, (or caucii?). Formal “debate” begins on Wed at 10:00 am. You can find the whole Senate Ways and Means recommendations for FY 14 here and with this site can actually monitor the debate. You can watch the live sessions here
Do you get tired of emails you get from our organization and myself about the year in year out call to do something about state budget cuts?
Amendment 703 [YouthWorks] Youth At-Risk Job Programs Senator Chang-Diaz
Amendment 41 Youthworks Senator Wolf
Amendment 347 School-to-Career Senator Brownsberger
Amendment 436 Shannon Grants Senator Donghue
Amendment 695 Safe and Successful Youth Initiative Senator Chang-Diaz
Amendment 700 Violence Prevention Grants Senator Chang-Diaz
Amendment 293 Pathways to Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Senator Donoghue
“Section __. (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the comptroller shall transfer $2,000,000 from the General Fund to the Commonwealth Corporation, under contract with the Department of Transitional Assistance, for the administration of a three-year pilot program called Pathways to Family Economic Self-Sufficiency.
(b) Said pilot shall equip low-income families for long-term economic stability by providing enhanced preparation for, increased access to, and support for success in education and training programs leading to employment in high-demand occupations.
(c) Eligible individuals include adults and teens with responsibility for the care of one or more dependent children who: (i) are receiving or have within the past two years received Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children, or, (ii) who are receiving or have within the past two years received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, or, (iii) are receiving or have within the past two years received Mass Health benefits on behalf of her or himself or one or more dependent children, and, (iv) who are determined suitable for participation in the Pilot based on an assessment of education, work experience, interest in participation and other factors;
(d) At least 40 percent of the Pathways participants shall be recipients of Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children at the time their participation begins.
(e) The pilot shall be administered by the Commonwealth Corporation under contract with the Department of Transitional Assistance; the Commonwealth Corporation will administer a request for proposal to select the pilot sites. Qualified respondents must demonstrate their capacity for and experience in supporting the efforts of low-income families to prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment. Commonwealth Corporation shall engage an independent evaluator for the purposes of documenting implementation to support replication and evaluating outcomes of the Pilot.
Amendment 374 YouthBuild Senator Donoghue
Amendment 710 on 4590-1507 DPH Youth at Risk Senator Jehlen
Teen Empowerment [earmark]
“that the department of public health shall award not less than $100,000 to the Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc.”;
and in said item by striking out the figure “$2,950,000” and inserting in place thereof the figure:-