APN to Speak Up on What’s Missing in the Proposed FY15 State Budget
On Wednesday, March 26, 2014 the Anti-Poverty Network met to train supporters on making legislative visits during this state budget season (training materials can be found under resources). In addition, during the general meeting a panel of experts presented issues in the proposed FY15 state budget. David Rousseau, former state treasurer and currently Budget and Tax Analyst for NJ Policy Perspective gave the network a very insightful overview. Arnold Cohen, Senior Policy Coordinator for the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ, highlighted housing concerns, specifically the decrease in funding available for the State Rental Assistance Program. The need for the restoration of the Earned Income Tax Credit to 25% of the federal level was presented by Ray Castro, Senior Policy Analyst at NJ Policy Perspective. Diane Riley, Director of Advocacy for the Community Food Bank of NJ, discussed the improvement in schools participating in the school breakfast program and the need to restore incentive funds in the state budget so that additional children will have this meal available to them.
Now that the concerns are identified – Earned Income Tax Credit, State Rental Assistance Program, and School Breakfast Incentives – we need to make those concerns known to our legislators. During April and May APN members will form teams to visit their members of the state Senate and Assembly.
Anyone who shares these concerns can join APN in this effort…your voice can make a difference! Joyce Campbell, APN Vice Chair, will be coordinating the teams and visits, so please e-mail her at email@example.com if you are interested.