I spoke with Representative Shawn Dooley at the ribbon cutting this morning for the Waste Water Treatment Plant’s solar PV installation, about the two earmarks he included in the House version of the state budget for Medfield
- $15,000 to the Medfield Fire Department for the purchase of an automatic chest compression device,and
- $1m. towards repair of West Street bridge over the Charles River
and learned that both had effectively been defeated. They are still there, just without any money assigned to them. It is possible the Senate could fund them, but not likely.
This email today from Medfield’s man at the legislature, John Nunnari, with the excruciating details about how the legislature does things –
An update on the proposed amendments noted below.
For consideration, the amendments were respectively wrapped into Consolidated Amendments “H” and “I”.
In order to speed up the process of considering amendments, leadership bundled most of the 1307 amendments into nine categories; Education and Local Aid; Constitutional Officers, State Administration, and Transportation; Energy and Environmental Affairs; Social Services and Veterans; Housing, Mental Health and Disability Services; Public Health; Health and Human Services and Elder Affairs; Public Safety and Judiciary; Labor and Economic Development
Amendment 306 was bundled into Consolidated Amendments “H” – Public Safety and Judiciary and Amendment 310 was bundled into Consolidated Amendments “I” – Labor and Economic Development.
While both consolidated amendments did pass today, through a parliamentary procedure designed to shield members votes, Amendments 306 (and 166 other amendments included in “H”) and 310 (and 178 other amendment included in “I”) did not pass.
I’m sorry to say that the money proposed via these amendment will not be forthcoming.
From: John Nunnari
Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 4:46 PM
Subject: State Budget – Medfield Amendments
Two amendments filed to the House budget and up for consideration during next weeks debate.
|AmdID||Amd#||Sponsor||Sponsor Title||Amending||DEP||Description||InstaTrac Summary||Amount||Requested||Increase||Earmark||HFY16||Comment|
|2017H0306||306||Shawn Dooley||Medfield Fire Department Purchase||8324-0000||DFS||Department of Fire Services Administration||Earmarks $15,000 to the Medfield Fire Department for the purchase of an automatic chest compression device and/or associated materials, and increases the item by the same amount.||$20,799,781||$20,814,781||$15,000||$15,000||2016H0486||Amendment #486 in FY16, this item was excluded from a bundle in last year’s budget.|
|2017H0310||310||Shawn Dooley||Maintenance of the West Street Bridge in the towns of Medfield and Millis||1599-0026||ANF||Municipal Regionalization and Efficiencies Incentive Reserve||Earmarks $1,000,000 for the maintenance of the West Street Bridge in the towns of Medfield and Millis, and increases the item by the same amount.||$5,240,000||$6,240,000||$1,000,000||$1,000,000|