From the Massachusetts Nurse Newsletter
June 2009 Edition
|MNA member Lynne Starbard, RN, speaks to Governor Patrick about the need to increase revenue.|
Throughout May, Gov. Deval Patrick and his cabinet conducted 35 community forums across the commonwealth to discuss with residents the state’s budget crisis. At several of these forums, MNA members were there to discuss the need for new revenues to close the state’s $3 billion budget gap. For the state to weather this recession and to come out of it with a strong economy, we must continue to invest in critical services—including health care. The budget gap cannot be closed with budget cuts alone. We need a balanced approach that includes new revenues.
|MNA members (from left) Donna Dudik, Sandy Eaton and Ann Marie McDonagh with Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. JudyAnn Bigby at the forum in Boston on May 19.|
|MNA member Pat Mayo testifies at a forum in
Brimfield on May 14.