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There is an opportunity to testify to the Alaska House Finance Committee this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 1-3, 2018.

The House Finance Budget Subcommittees have concluded their deliberations on the operating budgets and have maintained  the Governor’s proposed funding for early childhood resources within the FY19 state operating budget. We are thankful for this.

As the budget moves through the legislative process, we are asking advocates for early childhood to testify to the House Finance Committee. Your short testimony goes a long way! Here are some simple, yet effective examples of what you might say:

"Please continue to support funding for the early childhood resources within the FY19 state operating budget. These resources give young children in Alaska the opportunity to succeed in school and life."

"As a parent I want to thank you for including supports for the early childhood resources within the FY19 state operating budget. These resources give children like mine the opportunity to succeed in school and life."

"Thank you for making Alaska's children a priority by supporting early childhood resources within the FY19 state operating budget."

You can also add a personal story explaining why early childhood services and supports are important to you and your community. Please keep in mind testimony is limited to 2 minutes per person, so it is important to be concise.

Click here to see public testimony schedule.

If it is not possible for you to testify at one of the Legislative Information Offices, you can call or submit written comments via email. Call 907.465.4648 to get the call-in number for budget comments. Send your written comments to housefinance@akleg.gov before March 3 at 1pm.

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