H.B. 5005 An Act Adjusting the State Budget for the Biennium Ending June 30, 2021: Human Services Subcommittee
DATE: February 11, 2020 TO: Appropriations Committee FROM: Brunilda Ferraj, Director of Policy Research and Organizational Initiatives, The Alliance RE: H.B. 5005 An Act Adjusting the State Budget for the Biennium Ending June 30, 2021: Human Services Subcommittee Good evening Senator Osten, Representative Walker, Senator Formica, Representative Lavielle and members of the Appropriations Committee. I’m Brunilda Ferraj with the CT Community Nonprofit Alliance (The Alliance). The Alliance is the statewide association of community nonprofits. Thank you for the opportunity to testify on H.B. 5005 An Act Adjusting The State Budget For The Biennium Ending June 30, 2021. Community nonprofits provide essential services in every city and town in Connecticut, serving hundreds of thousands of people in need – and employing 117,000 people. They are an important part of what makes Connecticut a great place to live and work and critical contributors to our state’s economy. I am here to ask you to support nonprofits today and into the future. Since 2007, community nonprofits have lost at least $461 million in state funding that has not kept pace with inflation. At the same time, demand for community services continues to increase. Connecticut’s budget outlook is the strongest it’s been in over a decade, and our economy is finally on the road to recovery. Now is the time to increase funding and invest in the people served by community nonprofits. We urge you to take advantage of this opportunity and appropriate $461 million over five years for community nonprofits. Please:
- Increase funding by $461 million (28%) by FY25;
- Appropriate $128 million in new funding for community nonprofits in FY21, (a state net of $67 million after federal reimbursement) a 7% increase;
- Index Medicaid rates to inflation, to ensure that state funding will keep pace with increased costs in the future.
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