Environmental Groups Urge Legislature To Override Governor’s Vetoes Of Environmental Funding

Days ago, Governor Baker issued $10M in vetoes to environmental funding for Fiscal Year 2016. As the Massachusetts legislature considers which of the Governor’s vetoes to override, the Legislative Director of the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) communicated the following to the Massachusetts legislature…

“Now is not the time to be issuing $10M in further cuts to environmental agencies. There is much work to be done, and constrained budgets and reduced staff sizes make that much more difficult. A substantial portion of the state has been experiencing a drought. From Western MA to the Cape and Islands, MA residents have recently been faced with poor air quality days. We have parks that are not adequately staffed and maintained, and some are even closed. There is substantial work needed to meet the Global Warming Solutions Act emission reduction requirements. And those are just a few examples of the challenges facing the Commonwealth, that impact public health, quality of life, and our economy. Investing in environmental protection and natural resource stewardship will enable us to avoid the much higher costs that will result if we fail to do so. ELM and the Green Budget Coalition members look for your support to override these vetoes.”
Read the Green Budget veto override request letter Environmental League of Massachusetts sent to the legislature.