First Call has submitted a written brief, Make BC’s Children and Youth the Priority for “Balanced Budget 2015″, to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. On September 18, Provincial Coordinator Adrienne Montani also made an oral presentation to the committee.
We have framed the brief in child rights language, highlighting the value of investments and the costs of under-investments, and structured our recommendations around the 4 Keys to Success for Children and Youth.
We strongly encourage all of our partner organizations and allies to make a submission (deadline Friday, October 17) and to echo our recommendations (if you haven’t already done so) and to send us a copy of your submission. They are also seeking input from individuals in the form of a questionnaire on the finance website here. While the questions are very prescriptive, we encourage everyone to fill it in and to vote for the options to increase revenue through taxes.