2017 Joint Finance Committee Hearing in Milwaukee April 5th

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

Next week is an important opportunity to share your priorities for the Wisconsin Biennial Budget with key state legislators. The legislature’s budget committee, the Joint Committee on Finance, will hold a public hearing on the budget in Milwaukee on April 5th at State Fair Park - Exposition Center 8200 West Greenfield Avenue.

We encourage you to testify about priorities in the state budget for children and adults with disabilities. The attached paper from the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Groups gives a great overview of key issues in the budget that you can use as you develop you testimony. A few things to remember:

  • Limit to your remarks to a few key asks – you have only three minutes to speak.

  • Include a personal story – explain how this budget item will have a personal impact on your life or others that you care about.

  • Arrive early. There is usually a long line of people waiting to sign in to testify. Hundreds of people attend the Milwaukee hearing so plan to arrive early!

  • If you have your testimony in writing. Bring at least 20 copies – 16 for committee members and a few extra for staff and to share with allies.

  • Please let us know if you plan to speak and what issues you plan to address. There are so many priorities in the budget for the disability community – transportation, mental health, employment, personal care, education, and many more. If you need help with your message, let us know and we will do our best!

  • Testimony may also be emailed to JFC members. We will share the address in future updates.

Hope to see you at the hearing next week!

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