From: "Donna Aberlich" <daberlich@fightcrime.org>
To: "Fight Crime Members Action Alert" <daberlich@fightcrime.org>
Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2005 11:37 AM
Subject: State Budget Alert - ACTION NEEDED NIW


TO: Members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
FROM: K.P. Pelleran, State Director, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Michigan
DATE: September 14, 2005
SUBJECT: Budget Conference Committees Set for Thursday and next week
--Your Input Critical on Fiscal Year 2005-06 Budget

Please get your message to leadership and conferees NOW. The Governor and
Legislative leaders agreed on budget targets last Friday. Today, the
legislature named conferees and set conference committees on Department of
Human Services (DHS), Department of Community Health (DCH), and School Aid
(K-12) Budgets for next week.

We are asking lawmakers to fund vital crime prevention programs in the FY
2005-06 Budget. Tell them that you are a member of Fight Crime: Invest in
Kids Michigan, and ask them to:

-- Expand eligibility for state preschool through new language in K-12
Budget (add Sec. 37 that was passed in Senate version). The change in the
program would increase the eligibility from 185 percent to 250 percent of
the federal poverty level. This would help to eliminate overlapping between
the Federally-funded Head Start and MSRP for approximately 3,000 at-risk
four-year-olds and maximize the use of state dollars to cover more at-risk
children.

-- Maintain funding for ³0-3 Secondary Prevention² in three budgets at its
current level funding (Total: $4,774,000). Programs prevent child abuse and
neglect by increasing family functioning through home visitation, parent
coaching and community referrals. (The program is funded currently by the
Department of Human Services at $4 million, Department of Community Health
at $524,000, and the School Aid Budget (K-12) at $250,000. The Senate
budget bills maintains current funding levels in all three departments. The
House budget bills would transfer the program to the Department of Human
Services, rather than maintain interagency collaboration. However, they
Oshort-changed¹ the fund by $274,000. Also, the agency staff prefer the
program be funded from the three agencies as it requires them to
collaborate. This has been a good approach for the agencies and for local
communities.)

-- Maintain $85 million in the K-12 Budget for the Michigan School Readiness
Program for preschool funding for at-risk 4-year-olds. Research has shown
that children who have high quality preschool are less likely to skip a
grade, more likely to graduate from high school and have higher paying jobs,
more likely to own their own homes, and less likely to be chronic offenders.

-- Oppose deep cuts in child care program in DHS Budget. Adequate child day
care funding will help working families who are at or below 150 percent of
the poverty level. This is the main program that allows them to work and
care for their families.

-- Maintain competitive statewide after-school program in K-12 Budget, DHS
Budget and add to the DCH Budget. It continues the program with $5 million
from Department of Human Services, ³zero² funding from both K-12 and DCH.
This is an interagency project with the DHS (they have $5 M) expanding
statewide a prior pilot program that was conducted in eight counties. On
school days, the peak hours for juvenile crime begins after school from 3:00
­ 6:00 p.m. These are also the hours when kids are most likely to become
victims of crime. Being unsupervised after school doubles the risk that
8th-graders will smoke, drink alcohol or use drugs. Quality youth
development can cut crime immediately and transform this prime time for
juvenile crime into hours of academic enrichment, wholesome fun and
community service.

-- Keep language in the K-12 Budget, DHS Budget and DCH Budget to continue
the Michigan After-School Partnership - No fiscal implications -- it
continues efforts of Michigan After-School Initiative to implement a plan to
ensure every school-age child in Michigan has access to after-school
programming. (Sen. Jelinek, Rep. Kooiman, and Sen. Stamas are original
sponsors.)

Investing in these programs saves lives and saves valuable taxpayer dollars
to invest in other priorities down the road. For every dollar invested
today in prevention and intervention, there is a net savings of $7.16 ­
including $6 in crime-related costs. THANK YOU! YOUR INPUT NOW IS CRITICAL
TO PRESERVING THESE PROVEN CRIME PREVENTION PROGRAMS

Conferees for K-12 Budget:
*Sen. Ron Jelinek, Chairman, Senate Appropriations subcommittee on K-12
Budget (517) 373-6960 SenRJelinek@senate.michigan.gov
*Sen. Alan Cropsey, Majority Vice Chairman, Senate Appropriations
subcommittee on K-12 Budget (517) 373-3760 SenACropsey@senate.michigan.gov
*Sen. Mickey Switalski, Minority Vice Chairman, Senate Appropriations
subcommittee on K-12 Budget (517) 373-7315
SenMSwitalski@senate.michigan.gov
*Rep. John Moolenaar, Chairman, House Appropriations subcommittee on K-12
Budget (517) 373-1791 johnmoolenaar@house.mi.gov
*Rep. David Farhat, Majority Vice Chairman, House Appropriations
subcommittee on K-12 Budget (517) 373-3436 davidfarhat@house.mi.gov
*Rep. Jim Plakas, Minority Vice Chairman, House Appropriations subcommittee
on K-12 Budget (517) 373-0849 jimplakas@house.mi.gov

Conferees for Department of Human Services (DHS) Budget:
*Sen. Bill Hardiman, Chair, Senate Appropriations subcommittee on FIA
Budget, 517-373-1801 SenBHardiman@senate.michigan.gov
*Sen. Tom George, Majority Vice Chair, Senate Appropriations subcommittee on
FIA Budget, 517-373-0793 SenTGeorge@senate.michigan.gov
*Sen. Martha G. Scott, Minority Vice Chair, Senate Appropriations
subcommittee on FIA Budget, 517-373-7748
SenMScott@senate.michigan.gov
*Rep. Rick Shaffer, Chair, House Appropriations subcommittee on DHS Budget,
517-373-0832, rickshaffer@house.mi.gov
*Rep. Roger Kahn, Majority Vice Chair, House Appropriations subcommittee on
DHS Budget, 517-373-0837 rogerkahn@house.mi.gov
*Rep. Chris Kolb, Minority Vice Chair, House Appropriations subcommittee on
DHS Budget, 517-373-2577 chriskolb@house.mi.gov

Conferees for Department of Community Health (DCH) Budget:
*Sen. Tony Stamas, Chair, Senate Appropriations subcommittee on DCH Budget,
517-373-7946 ofctstamas@senate.michigan.gov
*Sen. Tom George, Majority Vice Chair, Senate Appropriations subcommittee on
DCH Budget, 517-373-0793 SenTGeorge@senate.michigan.gov
*Sen. Deb Cherry, Minority Vice Chair, Senate Appropriations subcommittee on
DCH Budget, 517-373-1636 sendcherry@senate.mi.gov
*Rep. Bruce Caswell, Chair, House Appropriations subcommittee on DCH Budget,
517-373-1794 brucecaswell@house.mi.gov
*Rep. Roger Kahn, Majority Vice Chair, House Appropriations subcommittee on
DCH Budget, 517-373-0837 rogerkahn@house.mi.gov
*Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith, Minority Vice Chair, House Appropriations
subcommittee on DCH Budget, 517-373-1771 almasmith@house.mi.gov

As a secondary effort, if you have the opportunity to communicate with
leadership, their contact info follows:

Leadership:
*Sen. Ken Sikkema, Sen. Majority Leader (517) 373-0797
SenKSikkema@senate.michigan.gov
*Sen. Bob Emerson, Sen. Minority Leader (517) 373-0142
SenBEmerson@senate.michigan.gov
*Sen. Shirley Johnson, Chair of Senate Appropriations (517) 373-2523
SenSJohnson@senate.michigan.gov
*Sen. Mike Prusi, Minority Vice Chair of Senate Appropriations (517)
373-7840 SenMPrusi@senate.michigan.gov
*Rep. Craig DeRoche, Speaker of the House (517) 373-0827
craigderoche@house.mi.gov
*Rep. Dianne Byrum, House Minority Leader (517) 373-0587
diannebyrum@house.mi.gov
*Rep. Scott Hummel, Chair of House Appropriations (517) 373-1778
shummel@house.mi.gov
*Rep. Gretchen Whitmer, Minority Vice Chair of House Appropriations (517)
373-1786 gretchenwhitmer@house.mi.gov

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