With Overrides, House Restores Funding for Education, Safety, & Health Care

BOSTON – Representative Jennifer Benson and her colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives recently took action to restore vital funding that was vetoed by Governor Baker. These veto overrides will enhance support for the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable residents, including those with dependent children, and bolster education initiatives.

The House voted to restore about $220 million in funding for MassHealth, including $209 million for caseloads, as well as funding for nursing home supplemental rates.

“I was proud to vote to restore funding to important programs like the Massachusetts Cultural Council, senior care, and pediatric palliative care,” said Representative Benson. “Even with lower than expected revenue numbers, we still have a responsibility to provide economic development tools to our towns, and to provide assistance to the most vulnerable populations in the state.”

The House took steps to support the disabled, elderly, and children by overriding the Governor’s vetoes and restoring funding for:

  • Unaccompanied homeless youth
  • Employment training for young adults with disabilities
  • Down Syndrome clinics
  • Aging with development disabilities programming

The House overrode the Governor’s veto of $1.25 million for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Services. The House also voted to restore funding for numerous other education programs and institutions including:

  • Public higher education
  • Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Program
  • Computer science education
  • Programs for English language learners in Gateway Cities