Massachusetts lawmakers approved the $38.1 billion state budget sending it to Governor Charlie Baker on Wednesday. Although key budget components will effect the entire state, a cadre of Upper Cape pols have announced more than a million in funds headed to Cape Cod, and Bourne more specifically.
State Senator Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth) and State Representatives Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich) and David Vieira (R-Falmouth) announced the funds in a joint release Thursday.
The legislators worked to secure the larger of the two amounts, $1,300,000, for the education of children from Joint Base Cape Cod in Bourne. Known as military mitigation funding, the monies will ensure that the Town of Bourne does not bear a disproportionate share of the costs for educating the children of activity military personnel. Military mitigation funding reimburses communities that host military bases in Massachusetts for the educational costs for students who live on the base and go to the schools in that town.
"This funding represents recognition by the Commonwealth that we share a responsibility to provide for the education of these children," Senator deMacedo said. "Their parents sacrifice on behalf of the Commonwealth and the country and I am honored that my colleagues and I were in some way able to show our appreciation for their sacrifice." Rep. Hunt called the funding critical and said, "without it, services would be cut for all students, teachers and administrative personnel, not just for those who live on Joint Base Cape Cod."
The second budgetary success announced in the release was $125,000 to fund local emergency response and readiness training. Part of the funding will be used to train first responders to create a "radiological response and recovery plan" for communities on the South Shore and Cape Cod should a disastrous event occur at the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant in Plymouth.
Now that that budget has been approved by both chambers of the legislature, the governor has ten days to review it. The governor has the option of approving or vetoing the entire budget, or vetoing or reducing line items or sections. The governor may not add anything to the budge, according to the state website.