Metropolitan Boston Emergency Medical Service Council

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05/28/15

Governor's Budget Cuts UPDATE

Today, our Executive Director, Derrick Congdon, sent an update to our Board of Directors and other Interested Parties regarding the Governor's Budget Cuts. You can read it below.

 

Dear Board Members and Interested Parties,

 

First allow me to thank you for the effort you have provided to assist the Council in trying to restore our funding for FY 16.  Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated.

 

As of last Friday, May 22, 2015 both of the amendments that had been put before the Senate to restore the Council’s funding (Donnelly Amendment 837 and Downing Amendment 845) were rejected and were not included in the Senate’s version of the budget. Now that both chambers of the legislature have finished their proposed budgets, it will be sent to Conference Committee to be debated and any differences reconciled. Due to the work of Representative Poirier $100,000 of the budget was restored in the House budget under Consolidated Amendment F. This means that the regional council funding (Line Item DPH 4510-0790) will be debated in this upcoming week.

 

We are asking all of our members and services to contact the members of the Conference Committee as soon as possible to request that the proposed cut from the Regional EMS Council line item (DPH 4510-0790 - $200,000.00 total for all regions) be reinstated so that we can continue to provide you with the best service possible.  Members of the Conference Committee are:

 

Representative Brian Dempsey of Haverhill 

State House Room 243 Boston, MA 02133

Phone: 617-722-2990

Email: Brian.Dempsey@mahouse.gov

Twitter: N/A

 

 

Representative Stephen Kulik of Worthington

State House Room 238 Boston, MA 02133

Phone: 617-722-2380

Email: Stephen.Kulik@mahouse.gov

Twitter: @RepSteveKulik 

 

Representative Todd Smola of Warren

State House Room 124 Boston, MA 02133

Phone: 617-722-2100

Email: Todd.Smola@mahouse.gov

Twitter: N/A 

 

Senator Karen Spilka of Ashland

State House Room 212 Boston, MA 02133

Phone: 617-722-1640

Email: Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov

Twitter: @KarenSpilka

 

Senator Sal DiDomenico of Everett

State House Room 208 Boston, MA 02133

Phone: 617-722-1650

Email: Sal.DiDomenico@masenate.gov

Twitter: @SenDiDomenico 

 

Senator Vinny deMacedo of Plymouth

State House Room 313A Boston, MA 02133

Phone: 617-722-1330

Email: Vinny.deMacedo@masenate.gov

Twitter: @VinnydeMacedo

 

If you need follow up information to provide these legislators, please let us know. We have forwarded to the group the talking points and the template letter before. If you would like another copy please let us know.

 

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call me.

 

Derrick Congdon, M.S., NREMT-P

Executive Director

Metropolitan Boston EMS Council, Inc.

(MA EMS Region IV)

 

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Email: dcongdon@mbemsc.org