Dozens of community groups have joined unions and other supporters to sign a letter that will be sent to legislators calling for full funding of the contracts for state employees.
The letter begins:
We, the undersigned individuals and organizations, value quality public services and the people who proudly provide them. Public employees are our friends, neighbors and family members who keep our communities safe, support our seniors and people with disabilities, teach and protect our children, provide quality and meaningful higher education opportunities, maintain our roads and transportation system, protect us from communicable diseases, provide critical mental health services, ensure we have clean water to drink, provide us with electricity in our homes, maintain our parks, and provide essential services. As you continue to work through the differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget, we ask that you support the collective bargaining agreements for public employees who support our communities.
You can read the entire letter that includes a complete list of our supporters here.