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Bill to Improve Health in our Communities on the Move!

In late February, an important bill to advance healthy community design was reported favorably out of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses. The bill, S122, would promote healthy communities by updating our state’s antiquate zoning and planning…

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Governor’s Budget Proposal Level Funds DPH, Cuts Critical Benefits

On Wednesday, January 27, Governor Baker released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2017. Baker’s budget proposal provides for a 3.5% increase in overall state spending, with mainly level funding for public health programs.

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Governor Baker makes 6M in cuts to DPH: Legislature quickly overrides all DPH cuts

On Friday, July 17, 2015 Governor Baker signed the state budget for fiscal year 2016 into law. Governor Baker’s budget kept the final House and Senate budget’s funding for Mass in Motion, language that supports implementation of the Massachusetts Food Trust Program and an increase in…

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Media Highlights Need to Fund the Massachusetts Food Trust Program

The Massachusetts Food Trust Program, established in the legislature in 2014, would provide loans, grants, and technical assistance to support new and expanded healthy food retailers and local food enterprises in low and moderate income communities. Securing financing for this program…

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Take Action: Public Health Priorities at Risk in Final Stages of State Budget

A six-member Conference Committee begins deliberations this week on the state’s fiscal year 2016 budget. The Conference Committee will decide the final funding levels for public health programs and the fate of important policies contained in the budget. Please take…

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House Finalizes Tight Budget, Provides Funding for Housing and Violence Prevention

Earlier, this week the House completed work on its version of the FY16 state budget. With the state facing a $1.8 billion budget deficit for the year ahead, the House budget is very tight. The original budget proposal, released two…

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MPHA Statement on Governor Baker’s FY2016 Budget Proposal

On Wednesday, March 4th, Governor Baker released his first state budget proposal, offering a glimpse into his priorities and approach to governing. Baker is faced with tough choices to address a budget deficit for next fiscal year estimated at $1.5…

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Call to Action – Ask Your Rep and Senator to Support Healthy Food Financing

The state budget season is about to kick into high gear with the release of the Governor’s budget proposal this week. House and Senate members are currently presenting their priorities to the Ways and Means chairs. The time is now…

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DPH Hit With Additional Budget Cuts

On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, Governor Baker proposed more than $500 million in emergency cuts to address a significant mid-year state budget deficit.  Of these cuts, $140 million are automatic (so called “9C” cuts) and do not require approval by…

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In Reponse to Ebola, MPHA Calls For Long-term Comittment to Prevention

As the threat of Ebola looms in the headlines, Massachusetts officials and health care providers are taking a closer look at our public health infrastructure and readiness to handle an infectious disease outbreak. On October 23, the legislature’s Public Health Committee…

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