On May 22nd, the state Senate passed their version of the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year. MPHA successfully fought for several amendments that will support community prevention. These amendments include:
- An additional $250,000 in funding for the Mass in Motion program. The funding will support the continued success of this municipal wellness program that is improving healthy environments in dozens of communities across the state. This amendment was sponsored by Senator Jason Lewis.
- Increased funding for the Food Protection Program at DPH to ensure the safety of our food supply. This amendment was sponsored by Senator Cynthia Stone Creem.
- Important technical corrections to the language of the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund, which will ensure smooth functioning and evaluation of the Trust over the next three years. This amendment was sponsored by Senator Jason Lewis and was also included in the House budget passed in April.
In addition to the terrific work of Senators Lewis and Creem, we are appreciative of the efforts of Senators Donnelly, Keenan, and Lovely, who also sponsored priority public health amendments on the State Lab, environmental public health services, and tobacco control and prevention.
The budget now heads to a conference committee comprised of three Representatives and three Senators who will reconcile the House and Senate versions of the budget. The conference committee will report a final version of the budget to both chambers for an up or down vote in time to send it to the Governor’s desk for the start of the new fiscal year on July 1st. MPHA will be working diligently to ensure our priorities are included in the conference budget.