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New legislation is often driven by media coverage of events that no one could have predicted. Having a documented, well-research, and concise public policy agenda on a range of topics increases the chances that some of your topics will be relevant when an unforeseen opportunity appears. In addition, consider having a document that provides an historical record of policy wins including the reasons for success.
Having a Comprehensive Policy Agenda Makes You Prepared for Unexpected Opportunities
Public officials are overwhelmed with information from constituents and advocates. Realistically, they do not have the time to read long and detailed policy papers. One-page flyers with pictures and a simple message are more effective at getting their attention.
"That overfunding — that's money that's not going to the towns that are underfunded," said Orlando J. Rodriguez, a legislative analyst with the commission, a state-funded advocacy group. "When towns are held harmless, that's a problem… That overfunding is just going to get worse and worse and worse. The formula is not broken, the problem is we don't fund schools based on the formula." .... "That's a quarter of a billion dollars over 10 years that's not going to these other districts," Rodriguez said.
- The Hartford Courant, CT School Funding Overpays Wealthy Towns, Underpays Needier, Critics Say, March 4th, 2015
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Connecticut has had a school funding formula in place for several years; however, the state legislature has not followed the formula. In fact, about one-third of school districts have been over-funded while the rest were underfunded. In 2016, the state legislature finally began to correct this misallocation of funds due in large part to my analysis showing that tens of millions of dollars were being misspent every year.
It Helps to Have Irrefutable Facts to Support Your Policy Position
"How can anyone govern a nation that has
two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?"
- Charles de Gaulle, former president of France and a connoisseur of cheese