Down to the Wire on Prevention Trust Funding – Ask your Senator to Co-Sponsor Sen. Lewis’ Amendment

Please contact your state Senator this week to ask them to co-sponsor Senator Lewis’ amendment to protect the Prevention Trust.

This is our last opportunity to continue funding before June 30, so it’s essential that we make a lot of noise this week.

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee released their proposal for the FY18 state budget without reference to PWTF. Senator Lewis – together with Senator Chandler and Senator Welch — have filed an amendment to the budget which would add language to continue funding for PWTF. We are now in a critical window to build support for the PWTF budget amendment in the Senate, and YOU can help get it adopted.

 Please take a few minutes this week to do three things:

  1. Contact Your Senator. Email or call your Senator (or all the Senators who represent the region that you serve) and ask them to co-sponsor Senator Lewis’ Amendment to protect the Prevention Trust. 
  2. Spread the Word! Forward this message to your networks and share on social media. 
  3. Let us Know You Took Action. Please send a quick email to Maddie Ribble (mribble@mapublichealth.org) letting him to let me know you took action.

How to Identify your Senator:  

• If you’re not sure who your state Senator is, go to https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator
• If you need to find your Senator’s contact info, visit https://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Members/Senate
• If you serve a region and need help identifying all the Senators in your area, please email Maddie Ribble at: mribble@mapublichealth.org and he can assist you.

Please contact Maddie Ribble with any questions: mribble@mapublichealth.org, 617-697-2107.


Sample Phone Script

Ask to speak to a legislative aide for your Senator.

• Hello, my name is [Your Name]. I am a constituent from [Your Town]. –OR— I work for [Your Organization] and we serve many residents in the Senator’s district.
• I am calling to ask the Senator to please co-sponsor Amendment #529, by Senator Lewis to continue the work of the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund.
• It’s important that we get this amendment into the budget because funding for PWTF will sunset in June 2017 without legislative action, and all of the good work of PWTF will be dismantled.
• PWTF does not require any state funding; it is supported by a very small assessment on health insurers.
• The Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund is important to me/my community because [say in a few sentences why you care about PWTF and how PWTF benefits to your community.]
• Can we count on the Senator’s support?
• Thank you very much for your time.

• [Optional – check the list of co-sponsors for the PWTF Bill at the bottom of this email – if your Senator is on the list add: I want to thank you for co-sponsoring House Bill 2480/Senate Bill 643 to continue PWTF funding. The language of Senator Lewis’ amendment is identical to that bill you are already supporting.]


Sample Email Script

Dear [Your Senator’s Name]:

My name is [Your Name]. I am a constituent from [Your Town]. –OR— I work for [Your Organization] and we serve many residents in the Representative’s district. I am writing to ask you to please co-sponsor Amendment #529 by Senator Lewis to continue the work of the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund.

It’s important that we get this amendment into the budget because funding for PWTF will sunset in June 2017 without legislative action, and all of the good work of PWTF will be dismantled. PWTF does not require any state funding; it is supported by a very small assessment on health insurers. The Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund is important to me/my community because [say in a few sentences why you care about PWTF and how PWTF benefits to your community.] You can learn more about PWTF and see a complete list of supporters on the fact sheet here. I hope I can count on your support. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Thank you very much for your time.

[Optional – check the list of co-sponsors for the PWTF Bill at the bottom of this page – if your Senator is on the list add: I want to thank you for co-sponsoring House Bill 2480/Senate Bill 643 to continue PWTF funding. The language of Senator Lewis’ amendment is identical to that bill you are already supporting.]

[Your Name, Organization, and Contact Info]
**Be Sure to attach, Prevention Trust Bill Fact Sheet – Senate Budget Amendment 529


 Sample Facebook Post

Please join me [or name of your organization] in taking action this week to support the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund! Please contact your Senator today and ask him or her to co-sponsor budget Amendment 529 which will continue the groundbreaking work of PWTF. [Insert one sentence about why PWTF matters to you or how PWTF benefits your community.] Please share this post! Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2qvXPqH


Sample Twitter Posts

• For your followers: “Take action TODAY to protect funding for the Prevention Trust! Contact your Senator now to ask them to co-sponsor Amendment #529! Info and scripts here
• For your Senator: “.@[Your Senator’s Twitter Handle] Please co-sponsor Amendment #529 to protect funding for the Prevention Trust – crucial to health here in [Your Town]! Info here http://bit.ly/2qvXPqH” 


Senators Who Co-Sponsored the PWTF Bill

These are Senators who co-sponsored the PWTF bill in January. They still need to proactively co-sponsor Senator Lewis’ amendment (#529). Their past support is helpful to mention, as they should be familiar with the program.
1. Barrett
2. Brady
3. Brownsberger
4. Chandler (champion)
5. Chang-Diaz
6. Cyr
7. DiDomenico
8. Eldridge
9. Flanagan
10. deMacedo
11. Forry
12. Gobi
13. Hinds
14. Humason
15. Keenan
16. Lesser
17. Lewis (lead sponsor of bill and budget amendment)
18. L’Italien
19. Lovely
20. McGee
21. Moore
22. O’Connor
23. Welch (champion)

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