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Support governor’s budget

Posted by Iahmed on February 18, 2010

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I just got back from making a presentation to the joint appropriations subcommittee at the Capitol.

I asked committee members to support the Department of Human Services fiscal year 2011 budget as introduced by Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm on Feb. 11 because it would help us meet the unprecedented increase in demand we’ve seen in the past year.

The governor’s budget would set aside about $7 billion for DHS in the new fiscal year starting in October. That’s an increase of more than $1 billion from the current year.

And it’s funding that we need to help Michigan’s vulnerable children, adults and families.

The proposed budget would help us meet both Michiganians’ child welfare and assistance needs. The governor’s budget would provide $39 million in new funds to pay for 495 child welfare staff, expand family preservation funding, and provide adoption subsidies and subsidized guardianship for children up to age 20.

It would also provide for 200 limited-term staff field staff and add full-time funding for 197 new staff. These staff would help manage our rising medicaid, food assistance and emergency relief caseloads.

All things considered, the governor’s budget provides us with resources to meet the increased needs of vulnerable adults, children and families in Michigan. If passed, the budget will enable us to meet our mission and lend a hand to the more than 2 million people that come to us for help.

In the meantime, Gov. Granholm also introduced a supplemental budget bill for the current year that – if passed – would help us meet the increased demand. The supplemental bill includes an additional $430 million that would restore the JET Plus program, provide funding for the 197 new field staff to start working this fiscal year, and cover other costs to help us provide services.

I ask you to tell your local legislators to support Gov. Granholm’s fiscal year 2011 budget and the supplemental budget as introduced. You can find your legislator’s contact information at www.michiganlegislature.org. Thanks for your support.

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