Spay/Neuter Funding Threatened
This is just a quick update to let you know that there has not yet been a vote in the Agriculture Committee to determine if the committee wishes to save Help Fix ME funding. We now are having to defend not only the pet food surcharge but also the voluntary tax check off. The Governor’s budget goes after both.
We thought the vote would be held this past Tuesday, but the information that the Agriculture Department was supposed to supply to the legislators was not presented. Now there will be yet another work session. We are hoping the vote will be held this coming Tuesday, but we cannot be sure. After the Agriculture Committee votes, their recommendation goes to the Appropriations Committee and they make the final decision. This is why we keep asking everyone to write to both committees. Since we do not yet have a vote, we have not yet won so we have to keep the pressure on.
If you have not yet written to the committees or your district’s legislator, please do so. Contact Sharon for contact information.
Help Fix ME has helped make Maine a leader in the country. We no longer have dog overpopulation and our feline euthanasia rates are some of the lowest in the country. Spay/neuter is working. Let’s not quit now!
On behalf of Maine’s animals, we thank you.
As you may be aware, the Governor’s proposed budget eliminates the pet food surcharge, a primary funding source to Help Fix Me, the state’s spay/neuter voucher program. Our own spay/neuter manager Sharon Secovich and other animal welfare advocates have been actively attending legislative work sessions and testifying to state legislators on the importance of maintaining this funding. Legislators are responding well and we truly believe support for our side is growing! Then at Tuesday’s work session, we were shocked to find out that the Governor also aims to eliminate the tax-return check-off box! The tax-return check-box is a voluntary contribution to Help Fix Me drawn from state income tax returns and brings in approximately $20,000 in funding each year. Why is it even in the budget discussion? So now we are fighting to save the tax check-off box too.
Help Fix ME’s voucher program has helped make Maine a leader in its progressive approach to spay/neuter. We no longer have dog overpopulation and our feline euthanasia rates are some of the lowest in the country. Spay/neuter is working.
But we need your help to keep fighting in Augusta. Please keep up the pressure by contacting your state legislator. Visit Spay Maine’s Facebook page for more information or contact Sharon today!