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Welcome to Hate Resistance, a response to the Mass Resistance/Article 8 Alliance/Parents Rights Coalition/Mass Family Institute/MassNews. Doing my part to piss off the radical right...

Thursday, July 06, 2006

How many time can Article 8 recycle the same list of "offenders" at youth pride.... youth pride was almost 2 months ago...

Okay now lets look at the MA budget - and that article 8 thinks 2 million is going to gay/lesbian youth

First the suicide prevention for gay/lesbian youth is in a line with about 15 other things include statewide spanish sexual assault hotlines, youth violence prevention programs etc..and basically is saying that Dept of Public Health will oversee the how the money and it does not designate how much is allocated in this line but does in 7010-0005

Here is the supposed "super commission" on gay/lesbian youth .... which is referred to in line 4590-0250.
7010-0005 For the operation of the department of education; provided, that the department, in collaboration with the commission on gay and lesbian youth established by section 67 of chapter 3 of the General Laws commission on gay and lesbian youth established by section 67 of chapter 3 of the General Laws, shall allocate not less than $150,000 for programming to ensure public schools’ compliance with the board of education’s recommendations for the support and safety of gay and lesbian students and the implementation of related suicide-prevention and violence-prevention efforts;

The line item that is suppose to give "$300, 000 to gay/lesbian youth programs" is actually
4513-9083 "For the purposed of a federally funded grant entitled, Massachusetts Youth Suicide Prevention Program $299,841"
This funds the youth suicide prevention programs across the state such at the Samaritians Youth peer sucide hotline- it is federal funds it is not desginated for gay/lesbian youth.

My prediction: it will be level funded at $75,000 which is what is was in the last budget.

So the total in the budget is $150, 000 designated for gay/lesbian youth suicide prevention not 2 million as the the fuzzy math of article 8 claims.

How that compares with other youth initiatives:
Also from line 7010-0005 - "provided further, that $250,000 shall be expended for the implementation of a pilot program known as PeaceZone in elementary schools at the Boston Public Schools"
4512-0200 - "provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended on the Russian Teens-at-Risk program operated by the Jewish Family Children's Service in the cities of Boston and Lynn and the town of Brookline"
4513-1000 - "provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for ROCA, Inc., for outreach and youth development for at-risk youth and young adults in Chelsea, Revere, and East Boston; provided further, that $150,000 shall be expended on the Governor’s Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports;"

As you can see this is in line if not less than some of these other teen programs- as the above teen programs cover a few towns and the gay/lesbian youth suicide amount is for statewide.

Here is a link to the budget - http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/senate/st02/st02500.htm


At 2:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This overview is poorly written and does not present the facts well. I agree with your viewpoint and would side with you in a vote, but your presentation of the facts is almost unreadable. Please rewrite.


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