The following is an excerpt from a letter written to the Governor and State Legislators on April 16, 2013.
“We offer the following criteria to guide you in your budget negotiations: Every budget decision should be assessed on the basis of whether it protects or threatens human life and dignity. A central moral measure of any budget proposal is how it affects our poorest sisters and brothers. The needs of those who are hungry and homeless, without work or in poverty should come first. Government and other institutions have shared responsibility to promote the common good of all, especially ordinary workers and families who struggle to live in dignity in difficult economic times. As you debate the budget, we hope these considerations will provide the foundation for your spending decisions. In keeping with these criteria, we ask that you fund services essential to those among us who are poorest in need, such as: The Hosing and Essential Needs Program, The Working Connections Child Care Program, and The Housing Trust Fund.”