Governor Baker submitted his vetoes for the Fiscal Year 2017 budget. With regard to the Network’s funding priorities, we are seeking a legislative override for the following items:
- RAFT (7004-9316). Although the Governor left funding in place at $13 million, he removed language expanding eligibility for the program to serve elders, persons with disabilities and unaccompanied youth.
- MRVP (7004-9024): The Governor cut $2,416,109 from the line-item for a total of $82,931,597. This amount is $8 million less than FY2016;
- Western MA Network to End Homelessness (7004-0102): The Governor eliminated all earmarks (totaling $1 million) in the Homelessness Assistance Line-item, which included $125,000 for the Network.
For a review of all the Governor’s vetoes, click here.
Please contact your representative, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo and House Ways and Means Chair Brian Dempsey to urge their support of these overrides (overrides begin in the House; Senate comes next). Find your legislator here.
Thanks for your advocacy!