Representative Ruth Balser’s budget amendment to restore the critical funding to continue implementation of the Safe and Supportive Schools statute resulted in the House including funding at $500,000 in its final proposed budget! This is an increase of $300,000 from the recommendation in the House Ways and Means budget! Thank you to everyone who contacted their Representatives. As a result of your advocacy, the line item had strong support from 78 members of the House who signed on to co-sponsor the amendment. We are grateful for Rep. Balser’s leadership and the support of the many legislators who co-sponsored her amendment, and we thank all of the Massachusetts residents who contacted their Representatives.
As the budget process moves forward through the Senate, we will continue our advocacy effort to maintain funding for the Safe and Supportive Schools line item. When the Senate Ways and means budget is announced, if necessary, we will again ask you to email your Senator to urge him or her to sign on as a co-sponsor for a budget amendment.
When you see the “act now” button in an e-mail from us, please know that we are asking for you to act quickly! Again, thank you so much. And stay tuned!