As the finalization of the complete FY21 budget gets underway, Senator Moore was able to include two amendments during the initial debates on Tuesday. The two amendments allocate funding for the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders (CANDO), and for several reading radio services.
The first amendment provides $50,000 for CANDO, which is located at the UMass Medical School. The funding will provide more resources for the center to care for those dealing with autism and other related disorders.
The second amendment provides $50,000 for the following reading radio services; Audible Local Ledger, Inc., Audio Journal, Incorporated, Berkshire Talking Chronicle, Lowell Association for the Blind, Inc. and Valley Eye Radio, Inc. This funding will allow these providers to continue to provide their services for those who are visually impaired.
“I am very pleased that we were able to get these amendments over the line early on in our debating process,” said Senator Michael Moore, (D-Millbury). “Getting funding for CANDO and for reading radio services were two of my priorities for this year’s budget, so I am glad that we were able to make this possible in Fiscal Year 2021. There is still much work to be done but I believe we are on a good track in finalizing this year’s budget.”
The debate on the FY21 budget will continue throughout the week.