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
Representative Stephen Kulik of Worthington
State House Room 238 Boston, MA 02133
Representative Todd Smola of Warren
State House Room 124 Boston, MA 02133
Senator Karen Spilka of Ashland
State House Room 212 Boston, MA 02133
Senator Sal DiDomenico of Everett
State House Room 208 Boston, MA 02133
Senator Vinny deMacedo of Plymouth
State House Room 313A Boston, MA 02133
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
Metropolitan Boston EMS Council, Inc.
(MA EMS Region IV)
(o) (781) 505-4367
(f) (781) 272-6967