Governor Deval Patrick will today sign a $125 million supplemental budget bill that includes funding for summer jobs for at-risk youth in communities across the Commonwealth, additional funding to pay for last winter's snow and ice removal costs and funding to reimburse cities and town for costs associated with the June 25th Senate special election, among other items.
"This funding, especially for summer jobs for at risk youth and for cities and towns, will keep our Commonwealth moving forward," said Governor Patrick. "I thank the Legislature for taking action."
Key items in this bill include:
- $10 M for summer jobs for at-risk youth;
- $55.7 M for snow and ice removal costs from the winter of 2012/2013;
- $18.2 M to fund Committee for Public Service Counsel (CPCS) caseload costs;
- $13.6 M for state and municipal costs related to the U.S. Senate special election in June; and
- $8 M to reimburse municipalities for Charter School enrollment
The Governor is supporting sections in the bill associated with photo identification requirements on EBT cards, but is returning those sections with an amendment to require the Department of Transitional Assistance , in conjunction with the Offices of the Inspector General and Auditor, to conduct a review of this measure's effectiveness and report back to the Legislature in three years. The Governor will also be seeking $2.5 million in a FY14 supplemental budget recommendation to fund implementation of the photo ID requirement, as no dedicated source of funding for the measure was included in this bill.
The Governor is also proposing to amend the ambulance provider reimbursement section of the bill to include guidelines on reasonable charges for emergency ambulance services.