Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007
Legislative update: MBA advocates for key budget items
The MBA remains vigilant in its efforts to convince the Legislature to consider the portion of the supplemental state budget that includes $22.3 million dollars to compensate private counsel for work performed during fiscal year 2007, which ended on June 30. The supplemental budget (House Bill No. 4127) was filed by Gov. Deval Patrick on June 29.
Although the Massachusetts Legislature is scheduled to meet only informally for the remainder of August, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Robert DeLeo has indicated that the body may act on some non-controversial portions of the supplemental budget during these informal sessions.
The MBA is also advocating for the Legislature to override Patrick’s veto of $11.87 million in funding for the courts: $11.4 million for the Trial Court and $420,000 for the Appeals Court in the fiscal year 2008 budget. Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan has indicated that the funding cuts would result in hundreds of layoffs and would slow down the ability of the system to hear cases.
The Legislature did not take up any veto overrides before adjourning its formal meetings for the remainder of the summer and is expected to begin reviewing the overrides in September. The MBA will continue its dialogue with members of the Legislature, reminding them of the significance of the veto overrides, and the fundamental importance of a fully functioning judicial system.
Members of the MBA are encouraged to reach out to their legislators on these important issues.
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