State budget writers working on deep cuts to public services
This week the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) began the unenviable and daunting task of making drastic cuts to the state budget. While they are awaiting an updated economic forecast on May 12 which will provide a clearer revenue picture, the general notion is that the state’s budget writers will have to make more than $3 billion in reductions. The committee has set a goal of completing this work by next Friday, May 15, with the hope of introducing the Long Bill (state budget legislation) on Monday, May 18. The legislature is constitutionally required to pass a balanced state budget by the end of the current fiscal year on June 30.
The Children’s Campaign is hard at work analyzing what is on the table for cuts, and we are advocating for the programs that protect children and families. As we face this massive economic crisis, we can look back on lessons from past downturns to ensure kids get what they need right now. That looks like prioritizing kids’ health, education and safety in public budgets, but it also means making sure families have that basic economic security while parents are out of work.
You can watch and listen to the Joint Budget Committee here. We will be sure to keep you updated as decisions are made and the legislature proceeds.