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Raise your voice for Georgia’s children and families!

Join us at a RALLY FOR REVENUES on Tuesday, March 23rd at 2 pm at the Georgia State Capitol (Washington Street Side).

State budget cuts are already threatening access to health providers, education, child welfare, and quality pre-K in Georgia and around the country. 

This column from New York Time’s columnist Bob Herbert quotes Dr. Irwin Redlener, a pediatrician who is president of the Children’s Health Fund in New York and a professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Dr. Redlener says:

“We’re looking at all these cuts in human services — in health care, in education, in after-school programs, in juvenile justice. This all points to a very grim future for these children who seem to be taking the brunt of this financial crisis.”

In Georgia, advocates, including Voices for Georgia’s Children, have joined together to call for a more balanced approach to the budget crisis so that Georgia can address the current crisis while also ensuring that our children and our state are well positioned in the future. This crisis cannot be addressed by cuts alone.  The governor and state legislators have already cut essential programs deeply, threatening our state’s progress.  Now, leaders must consider revenue measures.

Raise your voice with us on Tuesday to ensure that revenue options should not be off the table.

Mindy Binderman

Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy

www.georgiavoices.org

Budget briefings will be held in Room 341 of the Capitol all week.  The following are briefings of specific interest to children’s advocates:

 Tuesday 1/19/10

1:05 pm  Governor Perdue speaks

1:30 pm Economic Outlook and Revenue Estimating, Dr. Kenneth Heaghney, State Fiscal Economist

2 PM  Department of Revenue, Bart Craham, Commissioner

Wed. 1/20/10

10:30 am  Juvenile Justice, Albert Murray, Commissioner

1 pm Education, Kathy Cox, State Superintendent

Thursday, 1/21/10

9 am  Human Services, B.J. Walker, Commissioner

10 am Community Health, Dr. Rhonda Medows, Commissioner

11 am  Behavioral Health, Frank Shelp, Commissioner

You can watch the briefings from the comfort of your home or office by clicking http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10/house/Committees/GLN/boardcastIndex.htm

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