budget cuts

38 petitions

This petition won 7 months ago

Petition to Mayor Ted Wheeler, Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, Commissioner Nick Fish, Commissioner Dan Saltzman

Save Portland Community Centers

1.    Portland Parks and Recreation does not agree with the cuts. Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) was asked to cut 5% from their 2018-19 budget. In response, PP&R delivered a list of prioritized cuts with a letter that stated, "We are united in our belief that we do not support the City taking more than 1% of the reductions offered." Any further cuts "dig deep into core PP&R services and values [and] have significant service-level impacts for the public." 2.    We need more time to solve the problem Even the Friends of Woodstock Community Center, which has supported operations through a contract with the City since 2004, was not given notice of any financial troubles or the proposed closure before it went public. Had we been notified at the beginning of the fiscal year that there would be a deficit, we could have mobilized to raise funds and find ways to increase revenue. 3.    Three out of five closures are coming out of the Southeast Who is looking out for our community? According the budget process webpage, not one of the PP&R Budget Advisory committee members represents the Southeast. 4.    Community Centers house affordable, local preschools. PP&R preschools serve families that rely on quality early education for their young children that is low-cost and easy to get to. Studies show that early childhood education has long-reaching effects that benefit the community as a whole. With the recent influx of families with young children and expectations for more to come, what is the plan to accommodate these needs? 5.    Community Centers serve surrounding neighborhoods too Woodstock Community Center draws participants from Brentwood Darlington and Lents. Sellwood and Hillside serve surrounding neighborhoods in the same way. The City of Portland has committed heavily to investing in neighborhood involvement and developing 20-minute neighborhoods, but a budget cut causing closures to community centers is counterproductive to this goal. 6.    Indoor spaces matter A community thrives on public spaces. While Portlanders clearly enjoy their outdoor spaces for recreation, the indoor spaces are equally important, particularly for families and seniors. Community centers like Woodstock, Sellwood, Hillside, Fulton, and even the Laurelhurst Dance Studio fully represent the mission of Portland Parks and Recreation to "help Portlanders play - providing the safe places, facilities, and programs which promote physical, mental, and social activity," and they should be maintained as such.

Friends of the Woodstock Community Center
2,630 supporters
This petition won 9 months ago

Petition to Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Thad Cochran, Patrick J. Leahy, Roy Blunt, Patty Murray, Vern Buchanan, Thomas Rooney, Francis Rooney, Tom Cole, Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Save the SHINE program - Keep Federal funding for this vital senior program #SHINEon

Every single day in the United States, 10,000 seniors become eligible for Medicare.  Most seniors depend on Medicare for all or part of their health insurance coverage. They choose from a dizzying array of plans with varying costs and coverage levels-- including 20 prescription plans and nearly as many Medicare Advantage plans.  Comparing options and choosing the right plan can be difficult, time-consuming, and downright confusing. That's where SHINE comes to the rescue.  SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) provides free, unbiased, and personalized assistance to elders as they navigate the medicare maze.  Last year in Florida, more than 175,000 seniors took advantage of SHINE to choose the right Medicare plan. Many saved thousands of dollars, thanks to the SHINE program and its volunteers. SHINE isn't only available in Florida.  It's a State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), funded by the Federal government. While the programs may have different names, every state has a SHIP program to help its seniors make those difficult Medicare decisions.But Federal lawmakers are threatening to eliminate the funding for all State Health Insurance Assistance Programs like SHINE. What will happen without this vital program?  Seniors would have nowhere to turn for unbiased, one-on-one advice. They would lose advocates who help them understand their benefits, assist with claims and appeals, and answer their questions about issues like long-term care. For many of the 10,000 Americans who become eligible for Medicare every day, State Health Insurance Assistance Programs like SHINE are a lifeline to education for one of the most important choices they'll make in their lives. In Southwest Florida, SHINE is overseen by the Area Agency on Aging.  We at AAASWFL are urging you, on behalf of the 4 million seniors that live in Florida, to tell our U.S. Senators to vote to continue funding this vital program.  If you've personally benefited from SHINE, tell them about your experience.   Together, we can all do our part to keep SHINE's light burning bright. #SHINEon

Area Agency on Aging for SWFL
996 supporters
Update posted 9 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump, Mike Pence

Don’t let Trump dump essential NASA and NOAA programs

CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE FOR FUTURE UPDATES! In 2017, most climate scientists would tell you that “any weakening of our technological, scientific and human capabilities related to weather and climate” will place American lives and property at risk. Yet the Trump administration recently announced that it was ready to take that risk by unveiling almost $990 million dollars in cuts to NOAA and nearly $200 million in cuts to NASA’s budget. Both agencies play a leading role in collecting and analyzing data vital to climate science. The Trump budget even calls for eliminating $250 million worth of NOAA grants that help coastal communities already dealing with rising seas, beach erosion, and other ravages of climate change. These targeted budget cuts are nothing more than a thinly veiled attack on climate science and the ability of jurisdictions to act in response to climate-related changes to coastal areas across the country. This administration filled with climate change skeptics wants to eliminate our ability to track and measure land and climate changes to our Earth as carbon continues to flood into our atmosphere. We can’t let this happen. If you believe that understanding and mitigating the effects of climate change is key to our future, please sign and share this petition. Let’s come together and tell Congress to dump the Trump budget -- not our essential NASA and NOAA science programs.

Nathan & Brittany
52,870 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Bob Goodlatte, F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Lamar Smith, Steve Chabot, Darrell E. Issa, Steve King, Jim Jordan, Ted Poe, Louie Gohmert, Tom Marino, Trey Gowdy, Raul R. Labrador, Blake Farenthold, Doug Collins, Ron DeSantis, John Ratcliffe, Martha Roby, Matt Gaetz, Mike Johnson, Andy Biggs, John H. Rutherford, Karen C. Handel, Jerrold Nadler, Zoe Lofgren, Sheila Jackson Lee, Steve Cohen, Hank Johnson, Theodore E. Deutch, Luis V. Gutierrez, Karen Bass, Cedric L. Richmond, Hakeem S. Jeffries, David N. Cicilline, Eric Swalwell, Ted Lieu, Jamie Raskin, Pramila Jayapal, Chuck Grassley, Orrin G. Hatch, John Cornyn, Michael V. Lee, Ted Cruz, Jeff Flake, Thom Tillis, John F. Kennedy, Dianne Feinstein, Patrick J. Leahy, Richard J. Durbin, Sheldon Whitehouse, Amy Klobuchar, Christopher A. Coons, Richard Blumenthal, Mazie K. Hirono, Cory A. Booker, Kamala D. Harris, Neal P. Dunn, General Mark Inch, Frank Lara

Safety of Public and Law Enforcement Threatened by Budget Cuts and Privatization

This week the Bureau of Prisons has started to eliminate roughly 14% (or 6,000) law enforcement positions throughout the Agency. This is catastrophic for the safety and security of our institutions and the community. The proposed cuts are coming at a time of severe understaffing in most of our federal prisons, because the BOP has left thousands of authorized correctional workers’ positions vacant all year. In 2005 the BOP instituted an initiative known as “Mission Critical” in which staffing at the BOP institutions was reduced to the minimal amount necessary to safely operate each facility. Since then we have continued to operate under this “bare bones” approach, which was less staff than what we really needed – the administration did not take into account leave usage, injuries, military service, emergency situations etc. when calculating these numbers. Since then, they have relied upon initiatives such as augmentation at various times (The term augmentation refers to the practice of using teachers, secretaries, nurses, etc. to cover the vacant correctional officer positions as opposed to hiring the law enforcement officers needed). They only left enough personnel in the prisons to cover essential operations, so whenever something happens outside of that, like inmate medical trips or staff using sick leave when they are ill or injured, the Agency is then forced to pay overtime to law enforcement officers to cover it. Their miscalculation in staffing led to massive amounts of overtime due to the sheer amount of disturbances and medical care in the institution, coupled with the injuries and stress borne by the staff. This leaves fewer staff able to respond to emergencies in the prison, and fewer to prevent violence and assaults. It also results in one law enforcement correctional worker supervising hundreds of dangerous felons - terrorists, gangs, and murderers – with no backup. This administration is setting the agency up for failure. As violence and recidivism rises, and our staff struggle to meet ACA accreditation requirements, the line staff will be blamed for these failures, and the administration will point to this as an excuse to contract out our law enforcement role to the private prison industry. The highly trained staff that work for this agency (30% of which are military veterans) have already proven that we provide the essential, inherently governmental function in a much more responsible and cost-effective manner than the private industry. The historical data and evidence backs this up without question. If we allow the administration to sabotage our operations with the dangerous staffing changes and policies, I’m confident that they will use the results against us, and I’m sure the shareholders in the private prison industry will profit from it. The number of staff assaults and inmate assaults continue to rise in the Bureau of Prisons, and it appears the agency is turning a blind eye to the safety of the community that we are sworn to protect from the nation's most violent offenders These poorly implemented tactics have led to the increased escape attempts and assaults within the BOP, for both inmates and our law enforcement personnel. Agency leaders have stated that assaults and escapes are the chances we take in this line of work. Its disheartening to know that they are willing to take chances with the safety of the community as well as the safety of the law enforcement that work behind the fences. We are asking that our elected officials properly fund our prisons, stop the reductions of safe staffing, and support our law enforcement officers. A vote for BOP cutbacks is a vote for unsafe prisons, unsafe communities and a vote against law enforcement.  Call 202-224-3121 or 844-669-5146 and tell our law makers not to cut back on safety  

Ray Coleman
14,370 supporters