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Senators Chandler and Moore Join Legislature in Override of Baker’s Vetoes

Sunday, August 02, 2015


Senator Michael Moore

On Friday, Senators Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester) and Michael Moore (D-Millbury) announced that the Massachusetts Legislature took action on the Fiscal Year 2016 by responding to Governor Baker's vetoes.

The House and Senate overrode $97 million of the $162 million vetoed by Baker in early July.

“These veto overrides enhance support for Massachusetts residents and municipalities,” said Chandler. “It also ensures that local programs, education funding, and economic development initiatives continue to be funded by the Legislature.”

“These overrides are a testament to the Legislature’s commitment to local programs, education funding and economic development initiatives,” said Senator 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.”

The House and Senate overvode vetoes on the following issues:

  • MassCAN: $1.7 million to establish widespread, progressive computer science curriculum in public school through a public-private match program
  • Talent Pipeline: $1.5 million to encourage young innovators to get a head start on their futures by matching stipends for interns at innovation start-ups, and to provide mentoring opportunities for new entrepreneurs
  • STEM Starter Academy: $4.75 million to promote STEM careers at the Commonwealth’s community colleges
  • Mass Tech Collaborative: $750K for the Mass Tech Collaborative Tech and Innovation Entrepreneurship program to establish entrepreneur and startup mentoring.
  • $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.
  • $1.2 million for the Gateway Cities English Language Learners program.
  • $500,000 for a prostate cancer awareness and education program
  • More than $2.2 million for substance abuse treatment programs across the Commonwealth
  • Restoration of funding for unaccompanied homeless youth housing services
  • $3 million for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program for a total of $82.9M to support 900 to 1050 new vouchers for families at risk of homelessness
  • $2 million for the Early Education and Care Waitlist for a total of $12M to take 2,000 children off the waitlist for these critical services

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