Yesterday, both the House and Senate met in formation session on Beacon Hill. On the agenda: veto overrides.
As you know, Governor Baker recommended reducing funding for MRVP in FY2016 from $90.9 million to $87.9 million. The Legislature has once again reinforced its support for MRVP by overwhelmingly overriding the veto and funding MRVP at the full $90.9 million.
Thank you for contacting your legislators to ensure they took this necessary step toward a full restoration of MRVP funding. Your calls truly make a difference in the shaping of the state budget and how that impacts the families we work with and the programs you run. In this work, it is not often that we take a moment to celebrate a victory because we move quickly onto the next task at hand.
Please take a moment to celebrate this victory with us and your elected officials by making 2 more calls- one to your State Representative and one to your State Senator- to say thank you.
And if you haven’t already done so, you can use this opportunity to remind them of another concern with Governor Baker’s recent proposal to further restrict access to family shelter. Below is a sample script you can use:
“Hi. My name is _______________, and I live/work in _____________. I am calling to thank the Representative/Senator for overriding the Governor’s veto of $3 million to the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program. This funding will allow the state to continue its work to create desperately-needed affordable housing across the state.
The Governor has also proposed further restricting access to emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness. His supplemental budget would deny access to families who are otherwise eligible and staying in places unfit for human habitation or in irregular housing situations. Please do not adopt these restrictions when passing the supplemental budget.”
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Again- thank all of you for raising your voices! Because of your voice, progress is possible!