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Published on Friday, March 17, 2017
We’re about to know how the Senate budget writers view longstanding partnerships with cities. For weeks, we’ve been told to expect the worst and we’ll know for sure in the next few days.
When their budget is released, things will move fast:
We expect to see significant reductions in the $225M of revenues shared with all cities and towns, which help support public safety and other key local services. Over the past weeks and months, we’ve encouraged city officials to try and avoid this outcome by communicating with your legislators about why these resources are important. It’s not too late! Contact your legislators for the first time, or once again! At this point, it’s best to make a phone call and tell them your thoughts.
We expect the House budget writers to release their budget proposal early next week. We’ll share that information with you in a timely manner. The budget process will consume legislators over the next several weeks, yet they’ll continue to consider and pass policy bills before a March 29 cutoff deadline.
AWC is sponsoring a City Lobby Day on Monday, April 3 to tell legislators at this critical time during legislative session what actions are needed to maintain strong cities across the state. Consider joining us for part of the day – either in person at the Capitol, or by dedicating a portion of your day to connect with your own legislators.
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