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This is important.

Since my state rep is on both the Joint Committee on Public Health and Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, I specifically mention them in this letter in hopes that a non-form letter will be more effective. If you live in Massachusetts, please call and write your legislators with your own experiences and concerns. (Call and write; call to get their attention, write to make your arguments.)

Dear Rep. Toomey:

As someone who serves on committees for both public health and public safety, you are in a very important position regarding the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program and the need to restore its funding (line item 4510-0810 of the Department of Public Health budget).

This program is a critical part of both public health issues (in that it helps victims of sexual assault to receive necessary health care including diagnosis of potential sexually-transmitted diseases) and public safety issues (the program has an extremely positive effect on arrests and convictions in cases of rape and sexual assault).

I realize that economic times are tough and that difficult budget decisions must be made, but cuts to this program are false economy. Cost-effective improvements in our law enforcement process that also provide compassionate assistance to crime victims are not areas we should neglect at any time.

As a longtime constituent, I have been very pleased with your legislative record over the years and have confidence that you can lead your colleagues on this issue and restore the necessary budget to this important program. As a friend of far too many victims of sexual assault, I ask you for your understanding of the human cost these cuts will have if funding is not restored.

Thank you for your attention.
[me at my address]

Date: 2009-11-24 18:35 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm told that they pay a lot more attention to snailmail than email, because the sender has to put a lot more effort into it.

Date: 2009-11-24 18:42 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Contacted my rep. Thanks for the heads up. I really hope SANE doesn't vanish.

Date: 2009-11-24 19:15 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] siderea
Thanks for the heads up.

Date: 2009-11-24 19:37 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gingicat
Well said.

I'm feeling too overwhelmed; I'm glad other people are able to write.

Date: 2009-11-24 19:58 (UTC)

Date: 2009-11-24 21:20 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Eep, about the possible cut.

And, go you! For writing, and stirring other folks to do so. (:

Date: 2009-11-25 05:49 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cos
Our state budget has been cut well into the bone and muscle. Extremely useful and important government functions are being shed or reduced well below where we need them. This is just one example. There's only one sensible solution, and that is to raise the income tax. When the state senate voted on that a few months ago, it got 11 votes out of 40. The house was too scared of it to even vote. All of the state legislators I know tell me they hardly ever hear from constituents about the income tax, and certainly not calls to raise it. Until that changes, we're screwed, unless the economy booms again - and even then, we're screwed the next time it tanks.

I've made it a point to not only call my legislators periodically to request that they raise the income tax, but also to respond to every mailing or post I see about saving some state service or restoring funding for anything, but asking the poster or sender whether they've called their legislator to ask them to raise the income tax, and whether they've asked people (the same audience they're writing/posting to) to do the same.

Have you?


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