On Tuesday, July 25, state officials visited the Barnstable Senior Center for Governor Charlie Baker's Council to Address Aging Tour in Massachusetts.
Senator Julian Cyr welcomed staff members of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs to the Cape, and explained some of the most pressing challenges facing a rapidly aging population.
"One in five residents of Barnstable County and one in seven in the state is 65 years of age or older, said state Sen. Julian Cyr. "By 2035, those numbers are projected to grow to one in three Cape residents."
For more extensive coverage of this event, please read this article published by the Barnstable Patriot.
During the State Senate's debate of the FY2018 budget in May, 2017 - State Senator Julian Cyr advocated for $500,000 in funding for LGBTQ youth programs across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The amendment was unanimously adopted, a strong show of support for this critical funding by Democratic and Republican Senators.
During the State Senate's FY2018 budget debate in May, 2017 - Senator Julian Cyr introduced an amendment to add additional funds to the childhood lead prevention and mitigation budget at the state's Department of Public Health. As you'll see in this video, Senator Cyr's amendment was unfortunately not included in the budget - but Senator Cyr, Senator Jehlen, Senator Chang-Diaz, Senator Lewis and Senator Montigny led a spirited discussion on the importance of this funding and discussed prioritization of this matter for later in this legislative session.
On Wednesday, August 2nd, the Barnstable Prevention Partnership held a press conference at YMCA Cape Cod to address the exclusion of the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund in the FY18 Massachusetts State Budget. The conference focused on the partnership's commitment to the re-authorization of the program that ended its funding on June 30, 2017.
Members of the Cape and Islands legislative delegation including Senator Julian Cyr, Representative Randy Hunt, and Representative Will Crocker expressed their support for the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund and vowed to fight back against the budget cuts.
"Prevention is among the most effective tools we have to keep people healthy and contain escalating health care costs," said Senator Cyr. "That's why in 2012 Massachusetts established the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund, a first in the nation program dedicated to funding health prevention at the community level. I am disheartened that the Conference Committee Report did not include a sustainable funding stream for this highly successful program. The re-authorization and funding of the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund is one of my top priorities, and I am committed to searching for alternative ways to ensure that our most vulnerable populations have access to community health services."Read more
On Friday, July 28th, Governor Charlie Baker signed comprehensive marijuana legislation, fully implementing consumer access to adult-use marijuana while creating a robust public health and safety framework.
This legislation maintains the personal use provisions outlined in the 2016 ballot initiative. Adults 21 and older can use marijuana and possess up to one ounce in public and ten ounces at home. They may possess six plants per person but no more than 12 plants or ten ounces per residence.Read more
On Friday, July 7th, the Massachusetts Legislature voted on a $40.202 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The budget makes targeted investments in local aid, education, substance addiction services, housing, and children and families while accounting for a downgrade in fiscal year 2017 revenues. It also deposits $100M into the state’s Stabilization Fund.
Despite a tight fiscal environment, Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) was successful in advocating for the inclusion of $500,000 in local aid that had been approved in the Senate’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget, as well as $1.25 million for statewide programs supporting small business development and at-risk youth programs.
Local funding is attributed to organizations on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket that provide invaluable services to children, families, and older adults:
- $140,000 to Children’s Cove: The Cape and Islands Child Advocacy Center to support their work in providing an efficient and child-friendly facility for child abuse intervention.
- $85,000 for the Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod to fund a caseworker specifically for people on Martha’s Vineyard and for the work they do to provide a continuum of housing programs for those facing housing instability.
- $100,000 to support residents of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket to travel to health services provided off-island. Including a $25,000 earmark for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, advocated for in the House by Representative Dylan Fernandes (D-Falmouth).
- $25,000 for Sight Loss Services, Inc. allowing them to continue to serve Cape Codders who are gradually losing their sight.
- $50,000 for The Community Development Partnership to advance public participation in the development of affordable and middle-income housing.
- $100,000 for the Barnstable County Fire and Rescue Training Academy to cover urgent capital expenses.
On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Senator Cyr gave his maiden speech during the Senate's debate on the FY2018 budget at the State House in Boston. Senator Cyr spoke on the importance of the Small Business Technical Assistance program and the life of a small business family on the Cape and Islands.
Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco and Senator Julian Cyr Host Public Meeting on Climate Change Issues
(Boston, MA) – On Monday, May 8th the State Senate’s committee on Global Warming and Climate Change will host a public hearing in the Mashpee High School Auditorium from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. This hearing is part of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Future Tour, a new, statewide committee initiative on clean energy, climate change and constituent engagement. More details on the full tour can be found at: https://malegislature.gov/cleanenergyfuture
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Future Tour will consist of nine public hearings (the Mashpee hearing is the first one) in various communities across the Commonwealth, from the Berkshires to the Cape, to hear the thoughts and suggestions of constituents and stakeholders on clean energy and climate change issues. In these public hearings, committee members will hear the questions and suggestions of residents regarding clean energy and climate action in a forum-based fashion. As we begin our legislative session, this input is imperative to crafting policy and making sure we implement the proper legislation for Massachusetts.
“I’m thrilled that the first stop for the Clean Energy Future Tour is Cape Cod,” said Senator Cyr. “On the Cape, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket our communities are seeing the effects of climate change firsthand. There will be much to discuss in Mashpee on May 8th.”
“This tour is an answer to thousands of constituent conversations, calls and emails concerning the health and future of our local communities, our state, our country and our world as a whole,” said Senator Pacheco. “Our residents want a strong economy. They want clean air. They want clean water. They want decent surroundings. And most of all, they want a future for their kids. We need to craft legislation that reflects that. This tour will give us a perfect opportunity to hear from our communities who demand a clean energy future.”
"Massachusetts must continue to move towards a green energy future to build a sustainable environment, grow jobs and reduce carbon emissions to combat climate change,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “The Clean Energy Future Tour will allow the Committee to hear the thoughts and desires directly from our residents on how we achieve our energy goals.”
Hearings will be hosted in Mashpee, Sudbury, Taunton, the Malden area and Weymouth during the month of May. Hearings will be hosted in the Berkshires, the Springfield area, the North Shore and Boston during the month of June.
Residents can also use social media to voice their thoughts. Tweet your energy and climate ideas to the committee at @MACleanFuture or use the hashtag #MACleanFuture.
For more information, visit the tour’s website at www.malegislature.gov/cleanenergyfuture or call Senator Cyr’s office at (617) 722-1570.
WHO: Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco, Senator Julian Cyr, and members of the State Senate’s committee on Global Warming and Climate Change
WHAT: First public hearing of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Future Tour
WHERE: Mashpee High School Auditorium, 500 Old Barnstable Rd, Mashpee, MA 02649
WHEN: Monday, May 8th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm (doors open at 5:30pm)
CONTACT: Senator Julian Cyr’s office at 617-722-1570