2016 State Budget Includes Cape Cod Items

massachusetts state houseHYANNIS – State lawmakers have given final approval to the $38 billion fiscal year 2016 budget that includes several items for Cape Cod.

Over $1 million in the budget has been allocated military mitigation funding to educate the children of service men and women stationed at Joint Base Cape Cod.

“This funding represents recognition by the Commonwealth that we share a responsibility to provide for the education of these children,” said State Senator Vinny deMacedo. “Their parents have sacrificed on behalf of the Commonwealth and the country, and I am honored that my colleagues and I were in some way able to show our appreciation for their sacrifice.”

The state budget also includes $250,000 for the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies and the Buzzards Bay Coalition, $30,000 for seasonal Outer Cape traffic enforcement and over $100,000 for vibrio management.

“I am pleased to have worked on these initiatives,” said State Representative Sarah Peake.

“All of these priorities will boost our local economy, provide jobs, allow entrepreneurs to startup businesses and provide transportation for people to be able to get to work, medical appointments, or to school.”

In support of public safety throughout the region, $125,000 from the budget was approved to fund emergency response and readiness training.

That money will train first responders while creating a radiological response and recovery plan to ensure communities along the South Shore and throughout Cape Cod will be prepared in the unlikely event of a disaster from Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth.

The budget now goes to Governor Charlie Baker for his approval.

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