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    Veto Override Votes

    Over the weekend, both the House and the Senate met to consider overriding the Governor's vetoes on the FY 2017 budget. The Senate considered over 60 individual items; the House, over 100. As the Democrat National Committee meets this week in Philadelphia, voting is suspended until the weekend, when we expect work will continue on trying to restore cuts to the budget. Despite the governors reductions, many agencies and programs are still being funded at last year’s levels or in some cases getting even more funding than last year. As you can imagine, a massive amount of data will be moved into our Legislative Scorecard over the next few days. You might be interested in checking in as we go along. Follow this link to view the Scorecard at www.MassFiscalScorecard.org. We’ll let you know when we've accounted for all of the votes. If all goes according to plan, the legislature will adjourn for the remainder of the session on Sunday.
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    Governor Signs Bill to Give Preference to Veterans for Public Housing

    Governor Charlie Baker has signed a bill giving preference to American Veterans in public housing decisions. The new law is a reminder that politics is a long game. In 2014, MassFiscal sent out millions of informational mailers telling constituents about legislators who voted against the opportunity to give veterans preference for public housing. Fiscal responsibly means making sure limited resources are allocated appropriately, and we believe putting those who have sacrificed so much to our nation first is both appropriate and responsible. MassFiscal is pleased to have played a role in this policy development, and specifically that the legislature finally acted on this issue after our advocacy efforts in 2014. We will continue to advocate for appropriate, responsible spending going forward. (Picture from www.twitter.com/massgovernor)
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