April 24, 2017
BOSTON- Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs, will be heading to Washington D.C. this week with his Senate colleagues and staff to gather information on the future of the federal budget and to advocate against potential spending cuts that will have a negative impact on the Commonwealth. The trip will take place from April 25-27th and he will be joined by Senator Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Boston), Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton), Senator Adam Hinds (D-Pittsfield), Senator Joe Boncore (D-Winthrop) and Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro).
The Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs was created with the mission of identifying federal funding opportunities for the Commonwealth and fostering a strong partnership between the Legislature and the federal government. Previously, the primary focus of this Committee was to identify ways in which the Commonwealth could maximize our federal resources by expanding our application to grants and other funding sources that benefit our constituents.
While this is still a priority for the Committee, in light of the new Administration’s budget and policy proposals, it appears that Massachusetts may be at risk of losing vital federal dollars that our state budget relies on. Massachusetts currently receives about $11 billion in federal revenue annually, accounting for approximately one quarter of the state’s budget. Under President Trump’s budget proposals, Massachusetts is at risk of losing between $1-2 billion dollars.
“These proposed cuts would devastate our state's budget and harm working families throughout the Commonwealth, which is why we are traveling to our Nation’s Capital to meet with our delegation, federal agencies, and national policy organizations to receive as much information as possible about how we can protect Massachusetts moving forward,” said Senator DiDomenico.
The group plans to meet with the members of Massachusetts' congressional delegation and has also set up meetings with federal officials in agencies including the Department of Transportation, Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Office of Head Start. They have also organized meetings with the National Conference of State Legislatures and other national policy organizations.
“Massachusetts is very fortunate to have national leaders and great partners in our Congressional delegation, and we look forward to joining them as we put a state's perspective on these proposed cuts and policy changes,” said DiDomenico. “We will return home with knowledge that will help us as we finalize our own state budget, and make important policy decisions in the current legislative session.”