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Close of 188th General Court

Posted by: KMRoycroft
Aug 8, 2014

As the 188th General Court Session comes to a close we would like to thank all of the Y staff, advocates, and legislators who helped to make this one of the Y’s most successful legislative sessions. Because of your efforts we have been able to:

  • Secure $900.000 in Youth-At-Risk funds for state fiscal year 2015, with an additional $50,000 for Athol
  • Secure an additional $200,000 in Youth-At-Risk funds for a high school drug use prevention lecture series across the state
  • Secure a 2% increase in the rate reserve for early learning and afterschool care
  • Secure $50 million in the transportation bond bill for Active Streets and Healthy Communities
  • Create the Healthy Food Financing Program and secure $2 million to fund it
  • Move An Act Improving Quality in Early Education Care Centers to bundled study.

We also continue to work on both An Act Creating a Task Force to Protect Massachusetts Children Against Sexual Abuse and an Act Relative to Healthy Kids and are hopeful they will move in informal session.

These are major accomplishments that were only possible because of your tireless efforts. Thank you.

We will continue to work with you on advocating for our cause and remain vigilant regarding regulations, legislation and initiatives that impact our Ys.

It has been a great session and the staff of the Alliance looks forward to continuing to partner with you as we serve our communities in the Commonwealth.

 



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