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Knapik Press Release - Knapik secures funding in supplemental budget for Southwick War Memorial

Knapik Press Release - Knapik secures funding in supplemental budget for Southwick War Memorial

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Senator Michael R. Knapik (R-Westfield) announced the passage of a $127 million supplemental appropriations bill, Senate Bill 1813, in formal session on Thursday. The bill aims to provide increased revenues for programs that are experiencing funding shortfalls.

During session, Senator Knapik backed a $25,000 earmark for the War Memorial in Southwick. This funding will provide greater accessibility to the Memorial and ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Senator Michael R. Knapik (R-Westfield) announced the passage of a $127 million supplemental appropriations bill, Senate Bill 1813, in formal session on Thursday. The bill aims to provide increased revenues for programs that are experiencing funding shortfalls.

During session, Senator Knapik backed a $25,000 earmark for the War Memorial in Southwick. This funding will provide greater accessibility to the Memorial and ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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* * * KNAPIK PRESS RELEASE * * * FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sean DiamondJune 28, 2013 (617) 722-1415
Senate Acts on Fiscal Year 2013 Supplemental Budget
 Knapik secures funding for Southwick War Memorial 
BOSTON
 – 
 
Senator Michael R. Knapik (R-Westfield) announced the passage of a $127 millionsupplemental appropriations bill, Senate Bill 1813, in formal session on Thursday. The bill aimsto provide increased revenues for programs that are experiencing funding shortfalls.During session, Senator Knapik backed a $25,000 earmark for the War Memorial in Southwick.This funding will provide greater accessibility to the Memorial and ensure compliance with theAmericans with Disabilities Act.If enacted, the bill will appropriate $55.7 million to cover the remainder of snow and ice costsfrom last winter, $16.8 million to fulfill obligations for the Committee on Public CounselServices Private Bar Association, $11.8 million to ensure all sheriff departments can meet payroll and other costs to close out the 2013 fiscal year, and $500k to fund welcome home bonuses for veterans.This piece of legislation also addresses several time sensitive items including $13.6 million for state and local costs associated with the recent Congressional special election, $10 million for the
Youth at Risk summer jobs program, $8 million to fully fund the state’s charter school
reimbursements to school districts, and $2 million for the restoration of Prison Mitigation funds.The House passed a variation of the bill on June 18
th
. Senator Knapik was appointed today to theConference Committee that will be tasked with reconciling the differences between the two plans.
 
“I look forward to working with members of the Conference Committee to reach
a swift, yetresponsible compromise that will ensure approval of the supplemental budget by both branches
of the Legislature,” Knapik added.
In other session news, the Senate approved the final report offered by the TransportationFinancing Conference Committee during formal session on Wednesday. The report recommends$500 million in new revenues,
a far cry from the Governor’s initial request of $1.9 billion
, to
support immediate improvements to the state’s aging infrastructure and help develop future
 projects to improve roads, bridges, and public transit systems. The compromise would, however,direct up to $805 million in state spending to transportation accounts by 2018.The Transportation Finance Framework includes a provision to fully forward fund the
Commonwealth’s Regional Transportation Authorities, including the Pioneer Valley Transit
Authority (PVTA). Currently, the RTAs receive state funding on a reimbursement basis,meaning that they have to borrow money at the onset of the year to cover their budget. Forwardfunding will provide a more secure financial footing for the RTAs by eliminating their need to borrow for operating costs.The increases in revenue will also help support Chapter 90 funding to cities and towns. Thelegislature unanimously approved a $300 million to support local road and bridge projects inearly May. Despite the overwhelming support for the allocation, the Governor has withheld half of the appropriation and has not yet committed to the release of the remaining funds.In addition, the plan institutes strict benchmarks for the Department of Transportation and theMassachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to generate own-source revenues and savings andshare in the cost of funding an improved their transportation systems. The plan closes fundinggaps for both institutions in Fiscal Year 2014. The measure will also move all DOT personnelcosts off the capital budget over the next three years.
“The passages of the transportation financing package will allow the State to i
nvest in the mostimmediate transportation needs, provide a stable funding source for our Regional Transit

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