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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2013
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For more information, contact:
Communications Director Kevin Flood
860.240.0078
kevinflood@cga.ct.gov

Elaine Zimmerman statement on Gov. Malloy's proposal to merge legislative commissions

Dear friends of the Commission on Children,

As you may have heard, Governor Malloy today proposed a 2013-15 state budget that calls for consolidating five legislative commissions—including the Commission on Children—into a single agency to be called the Commission on Citizen Advocacy. Obviously, this would seriously undermine our mission of ensuring that policymakers here in Hartford make decisions in the best interests of their most important constituents: our children.

You might recall that a similar consolidation was proposed two years ago. Thanks to an amazing show of support by parents, educators, philanthropies, nonprofit groups, and municipal officials, the legislature rejected the idea. We’re intent on a similar outcome this year. Certainly, the facts are on our side. Just consider that over the past two years, the Commission on Children—with a staff of five and a two-year budget of just over $1 million—brought in nearly $1.5 million in federal, philanthropic, private, and in-kind assistance to community programs. That’s a return of $1.45 for every dollar invested.

We’ll be presenting more data like this when the legislature’s Appropriations Committee holds a public hearing on the governor’s proposal on Tuesday, February 19, starting at 6:30 p.m., in Room 2-C of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The committee welcomes written testimony from the public. You may e-mail it to appropriationtestimo@cga.ct.gov or drop it off in Room 2700 of the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, 06106. If you plan to speak at the hearing, here are the committee’s guidelines.

If you’d like to call or e-mail your state representative or senator to express your opinion on the matter, you can look up their contact information here.

For the latest developments on this matter and any major issue concerning Connecticut children, visit our website, at www.cga.ct.gov/coc, or follow us on Facebook (commissiononchildren) or Twitter (@ctchildren.)

Sincerely,

elaine zimmerman

Elaine Zimmerman
Executive Director
Connecticut Commission on Children

About the Commission on Children: Created with bipartisan support in 1985 by the Connecticut General Assembly, the Commission on Children brings together the various levels of government, the private sector, nonprofit agencies, and philanthropy to promote public policies in the best interests of children. Its board members, who serve as volunteers, are appointed by legislative leaders of both parties. It has a staff of five. For more information, visit www.cga.ct.gov/coc.

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