The Arc of Whatcom County Parent Coalition E-Alert
June 2010
Parent Coalition
Greetings!
NEW BUDGET PROCESS FOR STATE
Governor Gregoire announces plan to transform Washington's budget

On June 24, 2010, Governor Chris Gregoire unveiled a new budget-building process that features a series of critical questions state agencies must answer to ensure spending is related to an essential function of state government.

"We have been navigating our way through some very tough times while the economy slowly improves," Gregoire said. "I am now looking ahead to the state's next budget cycle and another sizable shortfall we must address in the 2011-13 budget. We are going to challenge every program in state government with a series of tough questions to ensure we are getting the best value for the most essential functions of state government."

The state Office of Financial Management released a report today showing a projected $3 billion shortfall for the next budget period in 2011-13.

"We will continue to use the Priorities of Government budget process as the framework for a new budget," said OFM Director Marty Brown. "No state activity gets a free pass. We are asking a series of tough questions to help us decide how to invest scarce dollars among so many competing demands."

Gregoire also announced the appointment of a panel of leaders from outside government to provide input on state spending. That panel will help involve the public in the budget process. Representative Kelli Linville will be on the Governor's Committee.

A series of hearings will be held across the state to receive citizen input on the difficult choices facing the state. Hearings will be scheduled in late July, with the first taking place in Tacoma July 19. Additional dates and locations will be announced soon.

For more information on the Governor's new budget process, please visit http://governor.wa.gov/priorities/budget/default.asp.


MEDICAID BILL STALLS
US Senate votes down aid Washington needs

It's looking increasingly unlikely that Washington will get the $480 million in federal aid it's been counting on to help balance the current budget that runs through June 2011. The U.S. Senate failed to pass legislation that included billions in additional Medicaid funds. Thirty states including Washington hoped to use that funding to balance their budgets. There have been multiple failed attempts to pass the bill and Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash, was doubtful about the prospect of Congress acting before its August recess. "Grim is the word I'd use," she said in a phone interview.

20 YEARS OF CIVIL RIGHTS
Anniversary of the ADA

This July is the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA was signed into law in 1990, and remains a comprehensive piece of civil rights legislation for people with disabilities.  The law guarantees equal access to the economic, social, educational and environmental resources of American society. 

Visit the ADA website for the full text of the act.

Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Disability is a natural part of the human experience that in no way diminishes the right of individuals to:

  1. Live independently
  2. Enjoy self-determination
  3. Make choices
  4. Contribute to society
  5. Pursue meaningful careers
  6. Enjoy full inclusion and integration
ABOUT US
The Arc of Whatcom County provides information and referrals, educational programs, and funding for people with developmental disabilities, their families, and the organizations that serve them.

This E-Alert is made possible by funding from the Whatcom County Developmental Disabilities program.

KNOW YOUR LEGISLATORS

42nd District

Sen. Dale Brandland
brandland.dale@leg.wa.gov
Phone: (360) 786-7682

Rep. Kelli Linville
linville.kelli@leg.wa.gov
Phone: (360) 786-7854
  
Rep. Doug Ericksen
ericksen.doug@leg.wa.gov
Phone: (360) 786-7980

39th District

Sen. Val Stevens
stevens.val@leg.wa.gov
Phone: (360) 786-7676

Rep. Dan Kristiansen
kristiansen.dan@leg.wa.gov
Phone: (360) 786-7967

Rep. Kirk Pearson
pearson.kirk@leg.wa.gov
Phone: (360) 786-7816

40th District

Sen. Kevin Ranker
ranker.kevin@leg.wa.gov
Phone: (360) 786-7678

Rep. Dave Quall
quall.dave@leg.wa.gov
Phone: (360) 428-1023

Rep. Jeff Morris
morris.jeff@leg.wa.gov
Phone: (360) 786-7970

To reach any legislator:

Toll-Free: (800) 562-6000
EVENTS CALENDAR

July 2010

10 Saturday
10:00 am - Noon
Youth Self Advocacy Group Meeting
The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
2602 McLeod Road
Contact: 715-0170 x309

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Street Law at the Library
Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Avenue
Contact: 671-3079

12 Monday
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Parent to Parent Support Meeting
Adolescence Transitions
WCEL
2001 H Street
Contact: 255-2056 x1

24 Saturday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Street Law at the Library
Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Avenue
Contact: 671-3079

26 Monday
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Whatcom County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board
St. Luke's Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway
Contact: 676-6724 x32014

August 2010

14 Saturday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Street Law at the Library
Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Avenue
Contact: 671-3079

17 Tuesday
All Day
Washington State Primary
Your mailbox
Don't forget to mail in your ballot!