Mass Legislature Passes $42 Billion Budget

Boston- The Massachusetts Legislature has passed a $42 billion dollar FY 2019 state budget that includes $640,000 in local funding for the Cape and Islands, secured by State Senator Julian Cyr. 

Budget amendments offered by Senator Cyr (D-Truro) that address the opioid epidemic, offer tax breaks to small and seasonal business owners, fund fire fighter training, child advocacy programs and other public safety programs are included in the final budget. 

Specifically $50,000 will go to Calmer Choice, $25,000 to the Dukes County Substance Recovery Program, and a combined $60,000 for Shelters and a “Plymouth Outreach Study” for the Barnstable Police Department and Barnstable County Department of Human Services.

In addition, $20,000 will go toward the bulk purchase of Narcan for Barnstable County. 

The remainder of the funding will go to Housing assistance, Small business development and assistance for small business, among other uses. 

A large chunk of the money, $100,000, will go to an inter agency working group that will monitor the pre and post shutdown of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station; that Amendment was co sponsored by Senator Cyr and Republican Senator Vinny deMacedo. (R-Plymouth-Barnstable)

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