Priorities Matter. People Matter.

Legislative Internship

The #PeopleMatter Coalition is looking for an intern for the 2015-2016 Legislative Session that begins in January. Click here for details on how you can be a part of this movement!


#PeopleMatter Statement on the Governor's Call for Bi-partisan Budget Meetings

The #PeopleMatter Coalition urges the Governor and legislative leaders to make nonprofit community providers a top priority in the upcoming bipartisan meetings to address revenue shortfalls. Supporting the nonprofit health and human service system must be a key principle because it provides critical aid to our most vulnerable citizens and drives economic activity and employment.

The nonprofit sector employs 12% of Connecticut's workforce, supports 15% of the state's population, and delivers over 70% of the services to Connecticut's most vulnerable citizens. After decades of under funding and eight years with rising costs and virtually no funding increases, any cuts to this system will mean more layoffs and service reductions, further hampering our fragile economy.

However, if properly supported, nonprofit organizations can offer real solutions to addressing Connecticut's short and long-term economic woes. We look forward to being part of the budget discussions.

To learn why supporting the nonprofit health and human services system is a win-win for everyone in Connecticut, read the following letter to policymakers.


About the Coalition

#PeopleMatter is a cross-sector coalition of advocacy associations, nonprofit service providers, organized labor and recipients of services who serve hundreds of thousands of Connecticut’s most vulnerable residents each year. The coalition includes Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, The Arc Connecticut / Families for Families, Connecticut Community Providers Association, Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies, Connecticut Nonprofit Human Services Alliance, Families for Families, HARC, Inc., NAMI Connecticut, Oak Hill, Our Families Can't Wait, and 1199NE/SEIU.

 


The Mother of All Lobby Days

The Governor’s proposed budget would permanently eliminate a vast array of essential services for Connecticut's most vulnerable and disenfranchised citizens: families living in poverty, individuals with disabilities, people struggling with mental health and addictions, individuals living with HIV/AIDS and children, and families at risk. While the budget negotiations continue - nonprofit providers and the individuals they serve – remain at risk!
  • Fair and livable wages for quality care and a stable workforce
  •  Responsible revenue policy that matches responsible spending policy
#PeopleMatter Cross-Sector Coalition of community human service providers

 

WHAT:  The Mother of all Lobby Days

WHEN:  Wednesday, May 6th from 10:00AM - 6:00PM (‘Visible Display of Unity’ at 1:00 PM) *You may register for 10:00am – 2:00pm and/or 2:00pm – 6:00pm

WHERE: Legislative Office Building & CT State Capitol, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106

Here's a link to a printable flier with instructions.