by Abbie Goodman, MALSCE Chief of External Affairs
From left: BSCES President Mike Cunningham, MAWEA leader Mickey Nowak, MWWA Exec. Director Jennifer Pederson, MALSCE External Affairs Chief Abbie Goodman, State Representative Sean Garballey, ACEC/MA President Colleen Moore, ACEC/MA VP Gerry Preble, MALSCE President Ken Conte, TECET Chair Ko Ishikura, MALSCE Legislative Affairs Chair/MALSCE Past-President Scott Cameron at the State House on May 11.
On Thursday, May 11, 2023, ACEC/MA, BSCES, and MALSCE members gathered at the Massachusetts State House for our Annual Engineers and Land Surveyors Day at the State House along with leaders from other engineering and design-related associations.
We arranged for meetings with our members’ Massachusetts State Representatives and State Senators based on where our members live and vote.
This important advocacy isn’t limited to only one day a year, so even if you were unable to attend, we encourage you to set up local meetings. Legislators need to hear from constituents about the challenges facing our water and transportation infrastructure and how they can help.
You can meet with your State Senator and your State Representative during their district office hours, usually held at least once a month in a local library, community center or another municipal location.
To find contact information for your legislators, to ask about local office hours, and so you might email them to set up a local time to meet in the next month or so, see this state site: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator
Here are the Issue Briefing Sheets we used on May 11 for your meetings; we distributed these to all legislative offices on May 11, but your local contact will help to deliver the messages on these:
Issue Briefing Sheets – pdfs:
Please plan to join us for advocacy at the State House next year.
The Senate Ways and Means Committee issued its $55.8 billion state budget bill on May 9, leaving room for about $575 million in future investments in tax relief, which the Senate budget chief said will be hitting the chamber floor for debate soon.
The timing of this release continues the fall back into the typical timetable used to develop the Commonwealth’s budget after Governor Healey was given additional time to file her first budget.
The Legislature and Administration had previously agreed to base the FY24 budget development on the belief that state tax revenues are expected to rise 1.6% over the next fiscal year, or 4.1% when accounting for the $1 billion the administration expects to bring in from millionaires tax. To date, both Governor Healey and the House of Representatives used this expected revenue figure to develop their versions of the budget. Last week, however, the Department of Revenue announced that the state collected $4.782 billion in taxes in April, which is $1.435 billion or 23.1% below the most recent monthly benchmark projection. Ultimately, with only two months left in the fiscal year, the state so far has collected $703 million less than expected in tax revenues. Since the announcement, Governor Healey has attempted to portray a continued sense of optimism, saying that FY24 budget proposals should already factor in an economic slow down and that “we have the money there to make the investments in our people.” Senate leadership has not made any statements on how April’s revenue numbers will impact Senate budget debate or any tax reform proposal.
With the release of the Senate Ways and Means budget, Senate members had until the afternoon of Friday, May 12 to file amendments and a combination floor/remote debate is scheduled to begin the week of May 22, 2023.
Updated Highlights of the 3/23/2023 Board of Registration Meeting.
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