On June 20, 2016, State Representative Jay Livingstone submitted a letter to the Conference Committee for the 2017 Fiscal Year. The letter includes a list of budgetary priorities for the Final Budget that pertain to the State and the 8th Suffolk District. Priorities include a continued focus on Quality Early Education programs and continued investment in district parks and programs, like the revitalization of Magazine Beach as well as funding for the security costs of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra summer concert series. The letter can be read in full below.[gview file=”http://www.livingstonedispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Conference-Committee-Letter-FY2017.pdf”]
This budget cycle, Representative Livingstone has filed 8 amendments spanning from early education issues, social services, worker’s rights, and local earmarks. Below is a spreadsheet with each item along with a description and resources. An update regarding the success of each amendment will soon follow the debate.
Filed Amendments to H.4200 (Lead Sponsor)[gview file=”http://www.livingstonedispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Rep.-Livingstone-Lead-Sponsor-Budget-Amendments-FY17-Table.pdf”]
Co-Sponsored Amendments to H.4200[gview file=”http://www.livingstonedispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Rep-Livingstone-Co-Sponsored-Amendments-FY2017-Sheet1.pdf”]
This morning, Jay sat down with House Committee on Ways & Means Chairman Brian Dempsey regarding his priorities for the FY2017 budget. Among those priorities were line items pertaining to Early Childhood Education, Expansion of a Special Education Circuit Breaker program, Raising the Enhanced Community Options Program for Seniors, Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation funding, and line item increases to the Department of Mental Health and the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services. Below is the letter in full.
While Jay has chosen to prioritize these line items, this is not an exhaustive list of the programs he plans to support in the budgetary process. He looks forward to working with his colleagues to advocate for other line items after the release of the House Ways and Means Budget.[gview file=”http://www.livingstonedispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Dempsey-Letter-FY17.pdf”]
Mass Live — Report on the bill filed by Rep. Livingstone and supported by a coalition of more than thirty organizations, including Health Care for All, Boston Children’s Hospital, Greater Boston Food Bank and many others. “It take a comprehensive approach to helping those that need the help the most – kids whose parents are on some sort of public assistance,” said State Rep. Jay Livingstone, D-Boston, the bill’s prime sponsor. “It really tries to get at the issues that they have often in school by focusing on all the problems – nutrition, housing, healthcare – and trying to find ways to improve each of those things and also make the government more efficient.” Read the story.
Filed by: Representative Alice Peisch
Heard by: Joint Committee on Education