Action Alert: Budget Vetoes
Late in the day on July 13, Governor Deval Patrick vetoed over $122 million from the FY09 budget that had been sent to him by the Legislature on July 3. In addition to making the vetoes, the governor filed a bill to make supplemental appropriations.
A number of the vetoes have an impact on public education and MTA members, including:
- $4 million cut from the University of Massachusetts.
- $1.8 million cut from state colleges.
- $4.8 million cut from the community colleges.
- The elimination of funding for a bullying prevention program.
- The elimination of funding for a pilot program and research on reducing class sizes.
Vetoes need to be taken up by the Legislature during a formal session. Formal sessions end for this legislative year on July 31.
The Legislature increased the base on which the retiree COLA is calculated from $12,000 to $16,000. Patrick sent the COLA section back to the Legislature with an amendment. This amendment raises the base on the COLA to $16,000 for retirees whose pensions are under $40,000, but leaves the base at $12,000 for those whose pensions are over $40,000.
The Legislature needs to first reject the amendment by a majority vote and then send this provision back to the governor to either sign or veto.
Time is short. Please call 617-722-2000 or e-mail your representative and senator today. Veto overrides must first be passed in the House by a two-thirds vote, and then the Senate must also pass them by a two-thirds vote.
The governor sent to the Legislature a supplemental budget that included $61.8 million to pay for the first year of contracts to be negotiated this year.