|Legislators have big staffs
with all the answers already
|Legislators in many states share a secretary with another legislator– that’s all the direct staff they get. No huge staffs, not even a full-time assistant. (While certain legislative leaders and committee chairs have extra assistance, most legislators do not.) Truthfully, many legislators are severely understaffed and grossly overworked in the compressed time they are in session. Plus the policy committee staff members get overstretched during the session. This understaffing creates a special opportunity for nonprofits to step forward with quality information on a timely basis to help legislators and staff understand important nuances about policy issues.|
|Legislators don’t need help||
|Nonprofits can’t add anything of real value||Actually, nonprofits can do many things that others cannot. First, their experience in the field provides earned-insights about what policy options might (and might not) work. Nonprofits need to appreciate that their knowledge is a valued community resource and their expertise is needed by public policy makers.
Also, nonprofits can step up to speak the truth and thus be a teammate for government agencies that may feel hemmed in for political reasons, unable to talk about their serious funding needs for fear of appearing greedy, or unable to speak the full truth about a touchy political issue for fear of retribution against their budgets.
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