Massachusetts Public Health Association

Governor Proposes Significant Re-Investments in Essential Public Health Services, Raising Healthy New Revenues

Governor Patrick’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal, released yesterday, includes a significant increase in funding for essential public health infrastructure and regulatory functions. These include inspections of health care facilities, pharmacies, food safety, and air quality – areas which are severely strained and currently pose unacceptable risks to the public. Most other Department of Public Health (DPH) programs – including chronic disease prevention and direct service programs – are level funded. The result is a modest overall increase in DPH funding.

The Governor’s proposal includes an end to the sales tax exemption on candy and soda, a $1.00 increase in cigarette taxes, and an equalization of tax rates on smokeless tobacco products and small cigars (so called “other tobacco products”).

MPHA enthusiastically supports the Governor’s proposal to raise additional revenue that will support the Commonwealth’s infrastructure to prevent, monitor, and respond to disease and injuries. We call on the Legislature to support the Governor’s proposals.

Read MPHA’s full summary of the Governor’s budget proposal here.

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MPHA In The News: Key public health needs would get a boost (The Boston Globe)

THE BOSTON GLOBE
JANUARY 26, 2013

Key public health needs would get a boost

By Toby Fisher/MPHA Executive Director

We applaud the governor for proposing an increase in staffing levels for essential public health services in his budget (“Patrick would bolster pharmacy oversight,” Metro, Jan. 24). Public health provides protections that we seldom pause to think about — things like inspections of health care facilities and pharmacies, food safety assurance, and prompt response to infectious disease to avoid outbreaks. This type of infrastructure is not sexy, and it is not free, but we all rely on it every day.

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Save the Date−June 7, 2013−and Submit your Nominations for MPHA’s 11th Annual Awards Breakfast!

Save the Date! The Massachusetts Public Health Association’s (MPHA) 11th Annual Awards Breakfast is June 7th.

This year MPHA is reaching out to you– our members, partners and supporters– to nominate your own public health hero for an MPHA award.  Take a minute to review the award categories below and submit your nomination by February 1, 2013.

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Now Is the Time to Invest in a Healthy Transportation System

Speak Up In Support of New Revenues Today 

Last night, Governor Patrick delivered a State of the Commonwealth address in which he staked out bold policy positions on the need to raise new revenues and to invest in transportation and education.
The Governor’s proposal is a step in the right direction and is a productive kickoff to debate on this topic. As this debate progresses, MPHA will be urging the Legislature to raise significant new revenue in a way that is fair to low and moderate income families and that allows us to invest in a healthier transportation system for all.

MPHA has put transportation policy at the top of our agenda this year because of the profound impacts our transportation system has on health outcomes and health equity.  We believe this is the year to make the kinds of investments necessary to sustain healthy communities and to reduce the disproportionate burdens of our current system borne by communities of color and low income communities.

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Welcome to MPHA’s new blog!

Welcome to the MPHA’s new blog, where we will share news, updates, and opportunities for action!

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