MASSACHUSETTS SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES STUDENT OPPORTUNITY ACT

Bill will invest $1.5 billion in public schools, update statewide education policy, and support effective approaches to closing opportunity gaps for students throughout the Commonwealth.

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On October 3rd, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed the Student Opportunity Act, Senate Bill 2350, an unprecedented $1.5 billion new investment in Massachusetts K-12 public education. This legislation ensures public schools have adequate resources to provide high-quality education to students across the state, regardless of zip code or income level. Assuming inflation, over time the bill could provide an estimated $2.2 billion.

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Final FY20 Budget Approved: Senator Cyr secures $7.34 million of budget appropriations

Budget appropriations will fund programs to stem the opioid epidemic, housing, critical public safety programs, economic development, and environmental safeguards

(BOSTON, MA) — State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) successfully secured appropriations totaling $7.34 million in the FY2020 budget for district and statewide programs. Cyr will deliver $740,000 in local initiatives to help Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket and $6.6 million in statewide priorities. A majority of the spending will go to programs that provide housing, shelter, and mental health services for seniors and our most vulnerable citizens; fight the opioid crisis via funding evidence-based prevention and harm reduction programs; support critical public safety programs to help veterans, children, as well as victims and witnesses to violent crimes; promote economic development through employee ownership of small businesses and job training; and safeguard the environment.

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Walsh Property in Truro: Provincetown Banner Op-Ed

I write in enthusiastic support of Article 11, a debt exclusion for up to $5.1 million to purchase 69.895 acres known as the Walsh Property on the warrant of Truro Town Meeting. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity and we can’t let it pass us by.

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SENATOR CYR SECURES $7.34 MILLION IN SENATE BUDGET

Budget amendments include funding to help stem the opioid epidemic, fund housing, critical public safety programs, economic development and environmental safeguards 

Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) successfully filed twenty-four amendments, totaling $7.34 million in the FY20 state senate budget. Cyr secured $740,000 in local initiatives and $6.6 million in statewide priorities for Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. A majority of amendments focus on providing housing, shelter, and mental health services for seniors and our most vulnerable citizens; fighting the opioid crisis via funding evidence-based prevention and harm reduction programs; supporting critical public safety programs to help veterans, children, as well as victims and witnesses to violent crimes; promoting economic development through employee ownership of small businesses and job training; and safeguarding the environment.

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SENATE PASSES BILLS ON NON-BINARY GENDER LICENSE OPTION, CYCLIST SAFETY; OVERRIDES WELFARE CAP VETO

The Massachusetts State Senate on April 25th passed legislation allowing for a non-binary option for gender on drivers’ licenses and birth certificates, new requirements for cyclists and motorists that promote safety for everybody who uses the road, and a final effort to lift the so-called ‘Cap on Kids.’ All three bills passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

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