BOSTON – Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) joined his colleagues in the Legislature to take final action on the Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) state budget. Together, the House and Senate overrode $97 million of the $162 million vetoed by Governor Baker in early July.
“These overrides are a testament to the Legislature’s commitment to local programs, education funding and economic development initiatives,” said Sen. Moore. “I am particularly pleased that funding was restored to programs that have a significant impact on the Second Worcester District and the residents I represent.”
Recognizing the importance of providing statewide access to full-day kindergarten, the Legislature overrode a cut to kindergarten expansion grants, reaffirming its support for funding in the amount of $18.6 million. Both Chambers also took action to restore cuts made to higher education including the University of Massachusetts, state universities and community colleges. This week’s overrides included the restoration of $5.25 million for UMass and more than $2.6M to community colleges including Quinsigamond Community College.
Senator Moore also led efforts in the Senate to override local priorities vetoed by the Governor. Several accounts that were restored through the override process include:
• $100,000 for the Edward Kennedy Community Health Center to professionally train Community Health Workers who will serve as the patient link to medical and social services for the disenfranchised population throughout the Worcester and MetroWest regions
• $80,000 to provide tactical EMS support to the Massachusetts State Police STOP Team. The Massachusetts State Police STOP Team is tasked with responding to any crisis across the state, including hostage situations, barricaded subjects, high risk warrant service and riot control. This funding will support operations and training as well as the purchase of protective gear and equipment
• $5,000 for the We the People program which is a national program that promotes civic competence and responsibility among youth. Students from local communities have actively participated in the program.
• $105,000 for projects including renovations to the historic Grass Hill School in Millbury, which was originally constructed in 1861. The funding will also be applied to asbestos removal and the demolition of an abandoned building located on property owned by the Town of Millbury.
For additional information regarding the FY16 state budget, please visit the Legislature’s website, www.malegislature.gov or contact Senator Moore’s State House Office at (617) 722-1485.