The vision at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska is that all youth achieve their full potential. That vision cannot be fulfilled on our own. It is achieved in partnership with other nonprofits, our local and state government, businesses, and you. It’s a critical time in our state’s future, for children’s future, and we’re asking you to get involved and help ensure that vision is achievable.
On June 28th, Governor Dunleavy announced vetoes of an additional $444 million from the state operating budget. With these vetoes, millions of dollars of matching funds are also lost. These cuts will hit services such as housing, food, mental and physical health care, legal services, senior citizen benefits, education, transportation, and the arts. Every Alaskan will be hurt by these cuts.
Many of our partners in community services have shared their opinions on Governor Dunleavy’s budget vetoes. To learn more about the following topics, visit our partners’ web pages:
- Children and families: Alaska Children’s Trust President/CEO Letter
- Mental health services: Alaska Mental Health Trust Joint Advocacy Alert
- Homeless assistance programs: Alaska Coalition to End Homelessness June 28th Press Release
If you are not sure who to contact, click here, scroll to “Who Represents Me?” at the bottom of the page and enter your home address.
Aren’t sure what to say? The Foraker Group, which assists Alaska nonprofits, has developed a message template here. Ask your legislators to stand with Alaska and vote to override these vetoes. Let them know how these vetoes will hit you and your community. The deadline for a veto override vote is July 12.
Today is the day. Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska and Defend Potential.
Heather Harris, CEO