HEALTH ACCESS ACTION ALERT

HEALTH CARE CUTS UPDATE

May 30, 2002

* PRESS CONFERENCE PLANNING: A number of organizations met earlier today in Sacramento and started planning for a mid-June press conference in support of increased revenues to prevent the worst of the proposed cuts.

The story would be that a broad coalition of organizations that work on different issues and represent different constituencies are all coming out stronger in favor of an increase in the upper tax bracket, such as proposed in SB 1255 (Burton), to prevent devastating cuts. The hook is that many of the 50 or 100 organizations traditionally don’t take positions on tax policy, but felt the obligation to endorse this as the only balanced solution.

We have tentatively scheduled the press conference in Sacramento for 10am on Thursday, July 13th, although we are also looking at July 17th or 18th as well.

While not everyone will speak, we invite all organizations to participate, to be recognized, and to show the broad support for SB 1255 and a balanced solution to the budget crisis. If you have any questions, contact Anthony Wright at Health Access, awright@health-access.org, or Rebecca Gonzales at the California Budget Project, rgonzales@cbp.org. If you wish to be more involved in the planning process, please let us know.

* ORGANIZATION RECRUITMENT: We currently have over 30 organizations listed as in support of SB 1255. We seek to get at least 50, and hopefully 100, in the next week, by next Thursday, June 6th.

ATTACHED (and below) is a sign-up form, which we urge organizations to sign, which indicates your support for SB 1255 and the increase in upper tax brackets to prevent devastating cuts, and the organization’s permission to be listed in press materials. We urge organizations to fill out this form and send it back via fax or E-mail.

We also ask organizations to distribute this among allied organizations, board members, and any other organization that is concerned about the budget cuts and thus would sign on. This includes “unusual suspects,” such as associations, institutional interests, and businesses, as well as traditional constituency and issue advocacy organizations.

SIGN ON STATEMENT

SUPPORT FOR SB 1255 (BURTON)

FOR A BALANCED SOLUTION TO THE STATE BUDGET CRISIS

AND AN ALTERNATIVE TO DEVASTATING CUTS

Our organization supports SB 1255 (Burton) to restore the upper tax brackets to 1995 levels, to raise the revenues needed to prevent devastating budget cuts. We give permission that our organization’s name can be used in press materials as a supporter of SB 1255.

Organization:

Signature, Contact Name and Title

Address

Phone/Fax/E-Mail

Please return to: Anthony Wright, Health Access, 1127 11th Street, Suite 234, Sacramento, CA 95814. Phone: 916-442-2308. Fax: 916-497-0921. E-mail: awright@health-access.org.

A broad coalition of organizations intend to announce their united support for SB 1255 (Burton). Below is a preliminary, and currently unconfirmed list of organizational supporters, as of May 29, 2002. By signing the statement, you would be joining these organizations in press materials, supporting SB 1255. Asterisks indicate that a letter was not formally on file at the sponsor’s office.

AARP California*

AFSCME

Asian Pacific Women’s Center

California Association for the Education

of Young Children*

California Budget Project

California Church Impact*

California Child Care Resource Network*

California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative*

California NOW (National Organization

of Women)

California Physicians Alliance (CAPA)*

Child Care Law Center

Children Now*

Children’s Advocacy Institute

Children’s Defense Fund

Children’s Network Council*

Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth

Congress of California Seniors

Consumers Union*

Friends Committee on Legislation of CA

Gray Panthers

Greenlining Institute

Health Access California

Jericho

Korean Resource Center

League of Women Voters of California

Lutheran Office on Public Policy, California*

Mexican American Legal Defense

and Education Fund (MALDEF)

National Council of La Raza

Neighbor to Neighbor

Older Women’s League

Pacific Institute for Community Organization

California Project (PICO)*

Protection and Advocacy*

Sacramento Mutual Housing Association*

Service Employees International Union

(SEIU)*

Western Center on Law and Poverty



Anthony E. Wright

Director of Organizing

Health Access

1127 11th St., #234, Sacramento, CA 95814

Ph: 916-442-2308, Fx: 916-497-0921

awright@health-access.org

Health Access California promotes quality, affordable health care for all Californians.
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