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 Alert #9: FY2018         
4/17/18



ALERT SUMMARY:

1.  PURVIEW:  State (not federal)

2.  LEVEL OF MOBILIZATION:  staff, students, volunteers, friends, colleagues

3.  TIMELINE:  immediate 
MAJOR PUSH FOR ABE FUNDING NEEDED BEFORE HOUSE BUDGET DEBATE BEGINS
   
Next week, the Massachusetts House of Representatives is expected to debate the Commonwealth's budget for the next fiscal year (FY 2019).  Thanks to your efforts, adult basic education is poised to make major strides in that budget, but additional outreach is needed now to make even further progress.

Due to your sustained advocacy in recent months, the version of the budget the House will consider next week would appropriate roughly $32.6 million for ABE in FY 2019, a nearly $3 million or approximately 10 percent increase over current funding levels.  House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez and others have shown true leadership in recommending such an increase, but more headway can - and should - be made this year in reversing the 30 percent decline in purchasing power that ABE funding has suffered since FY 2001.

To accomplish that goal, Representative Bob Koczera (D-New Bedford) has put forward Amendment #950, which would bring ABE appropriations to $34.5 million in FY 2019.   This higher level of funding would enable programs to enroll still more students, to reach under-served communities, to advance curriculum development, and to improve working conditions for dedicated directors, instructors, advisors, and counselors. To learn more about MCAE's FY 2019 budget request of $34.5 million, please click here

The Koczera Amendment has already attracted 44 Representatives as cosponsors (see the list below), but more legislative allies are needed if it is to be adopted next week.

That's where you come in.

If your Representative IS on the list below, please
  • call them to thank them for their support of adult education and for lending their name to the Koczera Amendment,
  • ask them to speak to their colleagues about signing on, AND
  • ask them to vote in favor of the amendment.
If your Representative IS NOT on the list below, please:
  • call them immediately to urge them to become a cosponsor of the Koczera Amendment (Amdt. #950) AND
  • ask them to vote in favor of the amendment.
Since action on the budget in anticipated next week, please make your calls as soon as possible.
 
To find your State Representative and his or her phone number, please visit https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator  and enter your street address.

You may only be able to reach an aide to your Representative, but you should still make your request to them, as they serve as your legislator's "eyes and ears".
 
After you call your State Representative, please take a moment and contact Jeff McLynch, MCAE's Director, at either 617-482-6223 or jeffmclynch@mcae.net to let him know who you called and how it went.
 
Thank you - and, remember, more calls mean more progress for adult education in Massachusetts!  
 

Koczera Amendment (#950) Cosponsors (as of April 16, 2018)

Christine Barber
Thomas Golden
Smitty Pignatelli
Antonio Cabral
Solomon Goldstein-Rose
Denise Provost
Evandro Carvalho
Patricia Haddad
Angelo Puppolo
Tackey Chan
Kate Hogan
David Rogers
Mike Connolly
Russell Holmes
John Rogers
William Crocker
Mary Keefe
Paul Schmid
Claire Cronin
Kay Khan
Frank Smizik
Daniel Cullinane
Jack Lewis
Thomas Stanley
Diana DiZoglio
Adrian Madaro
Jose Tosado
Carolyn Dykema
Elizabeth Malia
Paul Tucker
Tricia Farley-Bouvier
Juana Matias
Steven Ultrino
William Galvin
Joseph McKenna
Aaron Vega
Sean Garballey
Paul McMurtry
Chris Walsh
Denise Garlick
James Miceli
Bud Williams
Carmine Gentile
Frank Moran


 
 
QUESTIONS?

Email  Jeff McLynch or call 617-482-6223.

 
NEXT MCAE PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING 
 
APR. 20, 2018 
 
 10 a.m. to 12 noon 
 
World Education
44 Farnsworth St
Boston, MA   

For those unable to attend in person, this month's meeting
is accessible via
conference call.

Please contact Jeff McLynch at 617-482-6223 to RSVP
and to obtain the necessary
 call-in information.