MB Partners Advocate for Green Budget

2 Nov

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As part of Parks & Water Lobby Day at the State House today, members of the board of Magazine Beach Partners and the Esplanade Association met with Rep. Jay Livingstone and staff from Senators Joe Boncore and Sal Didomenico’s offices. The goal: to encourage State legislators to support funding increases for the Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) and Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).

The Environmental League of Massachusetts supports adding $10M to DCR and DEP’s budgets in FY19. DCR has lost nearly 400 full-time positions (30% of its workforce) in the past seven years and MassDEP’s budget is down 30%. (See most recent Green Budget report here.)

If we want to see improvements at Magazine Beach, we must encourage the State to invest more in DCR. (Its capital budget was reduced from $120M in FY17 to $93M in FY18!) And we need to raise other public and private funds. Many thanks to the City of Cambridge and to all of you who have contributed to date!

 

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