Take Action – Support Public Health Funding in the Budget

Now is the time to act to make sure that essential public health funding is included in the FY17 budget!

Please contact your Senator TODAY and urge him or her to sign on as co-sponsor to the important amendments listed below to ensure adequate funding for public health infrastructure and programs that promote health equity.

If you don’t know who your legislators are, click here to find them. Click here to download MPHA’s full budget letter to the Senate.

MPHA PRIORITY SENATE BUDGET AMENDMENTS

Massachusetts Food Trust (within 7007-0300)
Amendment #666 by Senator Moore for dedicated funding at $500,000
Will spur economic development, create jobs, and increase access to healthy, affordable foods in low and moderate income communities

Mass in Motion (within 4513-1111)
Amendment #351 by Senator Lewis to fund line item at $3,952,386 and maintain dedicated funding for Mass in Motion.
Helping to build healthy communities by improving healthy eating and physical activity in schools and improving access to safe streets, parks, and playgrounds

Environmental Public Health Services (4516-0600)
Amendment #921 by Senator Lovely to fund at 4,833,199
Protects all residents from hazardous exposures and environmentally-induced illness. Services include childhood lead poisoning prevention, food safety, and prevention of mosquito-borne diseases

State Public Health Laboratory & Communicable Disease Control (4516-1000)
Amendment #400 by Senator Keenan to fund at $13,469,435 will allow lab to modernize technology, equipment and staffing.
Analyzes, investigates, and responds to threats; enacts measures to prevent infection and reduce public harm from outbreaks, supports local public health departments to address communicable disease

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) (outside sections)
Amendment #11 by Senator Eldridge will increase EITC from 23% to 30% of the federal level and will create access to benefit for victims of domestic violence still legally married to perpetrator.
Benefits working people with low to moderate income –  EITC alleviates poverty and improves health outcomes, especially for mothers and children

For more information about the budget or about any of MPHA’s priorities, please contact Maddie Ribble at mribble@mapublichealth.org