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Hello Advocate,

Last week, the Ohio Senate passed its version of the biennial budget bill, HB 153. The budget is now in Conference Committee, where leaders will reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The committee is meeting for the first time this afternoon, and we need your help to make sure their priorities take into account the basic needs of the most vulnerable Ohioans.

The Ohio General Assembly and Governor Kasich have until the end of June to pass the 2012-2013 state budget into law, so we don't have much time.

As the deadline approaches for the final budget, we intend to ramp up our efforts and make sure our lawmakers, the Conference Committee, and the Governor’s Office hear from us loud and clear:

If revenue estimates are better than expected and additional revenue becomes available, we must invest in services for our vulnerable neighbors now. Our neighbors need relief from hunger, homelessness, mental illness, addiction, and other issues so that they and their families can remain self-sufficient until the economy recovers. Please prioritize health, human service, early care & education, and other workforce supports if additional revenue is available.

Will you take five minutes to do one of the following?

1.    Call members of the Conference Committee and send the message above. Click here for a list of members’ contact info.
2.    Email members of the Conference Committee (check out our new action alert).
3.    Send a letter to the editor of your local paper. Please email Will Petrik if you would like comments or feedback on your draft.

Scott Britton, Will Petrik, and I plan to send you daily emails until conference committee ends (as we did when the bill was in the Senate Finance Committee) with information and a message. We need you to keep making phone calls and sending emails to your lawmakers and your networks.

Will you commit to giving us five minutes a day to advocate as we countdown the final days before passage of the bill?

To stay on our mailing list but opt out of daily messages during the Conference Committee debate, just click here.

We will be in touch again tomorrow. Thanks for staying involved and investing your time and energy!

Gayle Channing Tenenbaum, Co-Chair