MOSES Advocacy Leads to Key Budget Overrides

See below for a summary of each successful override:

• GIC Healthcare Premium:  On Sunday, July 31, 2016, the House voted to override the Governor’s veto containing a health insurance premium increase for state employees hired prior to July 1, 2003. The house voted 154-3 in favor of the veto. At 11:50, the Senate voted unanimously to override the veto as well. This victory was a true testament to the advocacy of MOSES members in the weeks leading up to the end of formal sessions. (Click here to see how your legislator voted.)

• Sick Leave Cap:  The Legislature took no action on the Governor’s sick leave cap language that he sent back as an amendment to the FY17 Budget, effectively killing the language and tabling the subject until at least next session.

• DEP Override:  Legislators overrode Governor Baker’s $1.5 M cut to DEP (Click here to see how your legislator voted.)

• DCR Override:  Legislators overrode Governor Baker’s $5.5 M cut to DCR (Click here to see how your legislator voted.)

In addition to the overrides highlighted above, MOSES advocacy also played a role in successfully overriding budget cuts to other MOSES member agencies such as the Attorney General's Wage Enforcement Division, MassDOT, the Department of Marine Fisheries and the Department of Ecological Restoration.  

The FY17 budget process is now complete. MOSES will continue to monitor the budget as we head into FY17 for signals that the Governor might turn to emergency 9C cuts. We would alert you to these potential cuts and provide all needed information to reach out to your legislator.