By Alice Kenny
Msgr. Sullivan laid out a clear message when he testified before the New York State Legislature in Albany on Wednesday about the state’s upcoming 2013-2014 Human Services Budget.
“The needs of the poor and vulnerable must not be ignored,” he said.
Msgr. Sullivan chairs the NYS Council of Catholic Charities Directors and spoke before the legislature on their behalf. His testimony covered numerous issues faced by the working poor and those in need including cost of living adjustments, child-care subsidies to allow parents to work and reforms in Medicaid the juvenile justice system.
“It is our hope that humane and wise decisions will be made to deal with the current budget balancing effort; decisions that do not add further stress and hopelessness to those already struggling with great burdens,” Msgr. Sullivan said in conclusion.
“The State Legislature has a history of identifying services that are essential to their constituents and finding a way to address those needs. We can and must find a way to arrive at a result that does not further jeopardize the poor and vulnerable members of our society — a budget that affirms the dignity of all our state’s people. We stand ready to work with you in achieving this laudable goal.”