Please see below for this legislative update provided by Eric Shupin, Public Policy Director at CHAPA. To find your legislator to contact, please go here.
Also, please note that the Network’s own funding is on the table for override consideration. Please contact your legislator to urge their support of the Network override as well and please contact Representative Peter Kocot to thank him for his steadfast leadership in support of the Network. You can reach him here: Peter.Kocot@mahouse.gov or 617-722-2430.
As an update on the FY2018 budget, the Legislature indicated that it will begin taking up the veto overrides this coming week.
State House News reported that Chairman Sãnchez is still reviewing revenue reports for July and August but that he expects the House to take up at least some budget veto overrides when it returns to formal sessions on Wednesday. The revenue reports have not included unexpected revenue to support spending that would be added back into the budget through overrides. The Department of Revenue on Wednesday reported collecting 0.9% below the monthly benchmark. Two months into fiscal year 2018, tax collections are up 1.9% but $11 million below the year-to-date benchmark, the department said.
As the House begins to take up overrides, it would be helpful to reach out to the Legislature again to remind them of our vetoed budget priorities. For a reminder of which programs experienced cuts, please click here for a fact sheet that you are welcome to use and share.
CHAPA will be at the State House on Thursday, the 14th, during our Housing Day where one of our priorities is overriding the vetoes. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Great Hall with a speaking portion until 11:00 a.m., when we will begin legislative visits. Even if you have not already registered for the event, I hope you can join us! Chairman Sãnchez will offer closing remarks at 1:00 p.m., after we finish meetings. I also encourage you to attend then!
For more information on Housing Day at the State House, visit the event page by clicking here.