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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
The following op-ed was published by the Boston Business Journal on April 2, 2019. You can read it online here. Also pasted in full below.
Employee ownership can save jobs, build the state's economy
I grew up like most Cape Codders, in a family inextricably tied to the tourism industry. My parents, Adrian and Annette, came to Provincetown in the 1970s, leaving behind the confines of suburban Connecticut for the free spirit of the Outer Cape. As so many do, they made a life working in restaurants.Read more
SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION PROMOTING CHILDREN, FAMILIES, HEALTH CARE ACCESS AND INVESTMENT IN THE COMMONWEALTH
Today, the Massachusetts State Senate passed legislation that reaffirms the Commonwealth's commitment to providing support for women, members of the LGBTQ community and children and families in need. The Senate also gave final approval to a $135.9 million supplemental budget for the Fiscal Year 2019.
Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket face a significant environmental crisis in degraded water quality caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus. The culprit? A lack of wastewater management and limited sewer infrastructure. Simply put, we haven’t done a good job managing our waste. Cape Cod’s 15 towns are all under agreement with U.S. EPA, MassDEP, and CLF to reduce nitrogen levels in watersheds, most of which cross town boundaries, at a cost of $4 billion. Although not under the agreement, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket also face elevated nitrogen levels in their waters and the expensive price tag to keep island waters clean.
I worked hard with Rep. Sarah Peake to establish the Cape Cod and Islands Water Protection Fund, which was signed into law last year with the unanimous support of my colleagues in the Cape & Islands Delegation. This fund will help realize the state’s commitment to helping Cape Cod address its multi-billion dollar wastewater problem – and if island towns decide to opt into the Fund, it will provide significant resources for Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket too.
Want to learn more about this newly created revenue stream to help the Cape & Islands ensure pristine water for future generations? Check out this video segment from Lower Cape TV that explains what this Fund is and answers many common questions. Watch it above. And if you’d like to learn even more, read the below extensive FAQ page.
- Julian Cyr
VIDEO CREDIT: Lower Cape TV
The Senate proposal eliminates the ‘Cap on Kids’ and includes $30M for the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program
The Massachusetts State Senate passed a supplemental budget on March 7th for Fiscal Year 2019 of $143.9 million in spending to address deficiencies, as well as policy and spending items that are time sensitive in nature. The proposal is $21.4 million less than what Governor Baker originally proposed in January.
Furthering the Senate’s continued commitment to support working families and those in need, the Senate’s proposed supplemental budget eliminates the so-called ‘Cap on Kids’ and includes $30 million for the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), among other considerations.Read more