Alert: Budget Field Hearing Today in Rice Lake, Thursday in Reedsburg

March 23 – WCASA asks allies to speak at the last two budget field hearings of the full Joint Finance Committee regarding the state budget. Please ask the Committee to increase funding for sexual assault victim services and prevention (SAVS) to $4 million annually, doubling the current level. Governor Walker has proposed flat funding SAVS – the only state program that provides funds for sexual assault services, community education, and prevention initiatives. If you cannot attend, please write the Committee (*see information below) and send the same letter to your state senator and state representative.
 
You can find talking points, background information, how to identify and communicate with your lawmakers, and more here: http://www.wcasa.org/pages/Policy-State.php.
 
Don’t forget to attend Legislative Advocacy Day in Madison this Wednesday, March 25, if you or your colleagues can. More information below.
 
Thank you!
 
Joint Finance Committee Field Hearings

Today, March 23 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)*
University of Wisconsin-Barron County
Fine Arts Theatre
1800 College Drive
Rice Lake, WI 54868
 
Thursday, March 26
(9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)*
Reedsburg High School
CAL Center Auditorium
1100 South Albert Avenue
Reedsburg, WI 53959
 
*The Committee will conclude taking testimony at the time specified. Written comments can be emailed to the Committee at BudgetComments@legis.wisconsin.gov, or sent via U.S. mail to: Joe Malkasian, Room 305 East, State Capitol, Madison, WI 53702.

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We need you in Madison on March 25 for
Legislative Advocacy Day

 
Make your voices heard.
Help secure critical funding for domestic and sexual violence victims.

Support legislation that will make a difference in the lives of survivors.

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Organized by the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA) and End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, Legislative Advocacy Day is an opportunity for individuals and organizations who have an interest in public policy and funding for victim services to have their voices heard.  Participants will first familiarize themselves with current public policy issues that affect victims and their children. Then, participants will educate legislators about victim services and policy priorities for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
 
Important Information
 
Before March 25
  • Register
  • Encourage survivors and allies to come to Madison on March 25th!
  • IMPORTANT! Call your legislators and schedule appointments.  If the legislator is not available, schedule an appointment with his/her aide.
  • Collect stories from victims, newspaper clippings from your local papers, drawings from children from violent homes, letters from survivors who cannot come along with you for presentation to your legislators.
  • Be prepared to discuss the financial situation of the local victim programs in your area.
  • If you plan to stay overnight the night before or the night of Legislative Advocacy Day, reserve your hotel room.
  • If you are coming with a group, select a spokesperson who will speak primarily for the group while meeting with your legislators. This will maximize your time! Most legislators will meet with you for only 15 minutes or less.
 
On March 25
  • You will hear about critical budget and legislative issues for victims of domestic and sexual violence and be given handouts for your legislative visits.
  • The agenda for the day is as follows:
    • 8:30-9:30 AM Registration – Madison Concourse Hotel 
    • 9:30-10:00 AM Legislator Presentations – Madison Concourse Hotel, Assembly Room
    • 10:00-11:00 AM Legislative Briefing – Madison Concourse Hotel, Assembly Room
    • Starting at 11:00 AM: Legislative Visits – State Capitol 
      Visit the debriefing room in the Capitol when you have a break or at the end of your visits (room TBA) 


After March 25

  • Send Thank You notes to the legislators you visited. Don’t forget to mention words of thanks to aides if they were helpful to you!