MCOA Legislative Alert: FY19 #3 Senate Ways and Means (SWM)

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MCOA Membership

SWM releases their proposal for FY19 budget and sets Formula Grant at $11. Details below of the three versions published so far…

Senate Ways and Means releases its version of FY19 Budget…  9110-9002 BOTTOM LINE $11/elder

For grants to the councils on aging and for grants to or contracts with non-public entities that are consortia or associations of councils on aging; provided, that notwithstanding the former proviso, all funds appropriated in this item shall be expended in accordance with the distribution schedules for formula and
incentive grants established by the secretary of elder affairs; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Holliston Senior Center; and provided further, that the distribution schedules shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 15, 2019 ……..$15,700,000

House 4401 (final FY19) BOTTOM LINE $12/elder but reduces SIG funding by 25%

For grants to the councils on aging and for grants to or contracts with non-public entities which are consortia or associations of councils on aging; provided, that notwithstanding the foregoing, all monies appropriated in this item shall be expended in accordance with the distribution schedules for formula and incentive grants established by the secretary of elder affairs; provided further, that the formula grant portion of this item shall be $12 per-elder; provided further that not less than $90,000 shall be provided for the town of Needham for senior transportation; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Hadley Senior Center; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the South Hadley Senior Center; provided further that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the cost associated with care and services provided at Whipple Senior Center in the town of Weymouth; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Claire Teague Senior Center in Great Barrington; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the town of Swansea for design plans to implement a new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system at its Council on Aging Community Center; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the town of Millis for the purchase of a vehicle to provide transportation for seniors in the community; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the town of Longmeadow for transportation costs at the Longmeadow Adult Center; provided further, that not less than $50,000, shall be expended for the senior center renovation and expansion in the town of Mendon; provided further, that $25,000 shall be granted to the city of Quincy’s Department of Elder Affairs; provided further that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Taunton Council on Aging for the purpose of funding the Dementia Friendly Massachusetts program in the city of Taunton; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be allocated for the operation of the South Boston Neighborhood House and its Senior Programs; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the design of an expansion to the Bellingham Senior Center; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the improvements and expansion of the Uxbridge Senior Center; provided further, that not less than $21,000 shall be expended to improve the health and safety of senior citizens in Medway; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended to the town of Rehoboth for repairs and upgrades at its Senior Center; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended to the town of Seekonk for a new generator at its Council on Aging; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended to the town of Burlington for improvement of the Burlington Council on Aging facility; provided further, that $25,000 shall be granted to the town of Randolph’s Department of Elder Affairs; and provided further, that the distribution schedules shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 15, 2019 …………………………………………………………………………………$17,306,125

Governors’ House 2 GRANTS TO COUNCILS ON AGING BOTTOM LINE $12/elder but reduces SIG funding by 25%

9110-9002 For grants to the councils on aging and for grants to or contracts with non-public entities which are consortia or associations of councils on aging

$0 funding for Elder Mental Health:                                                                                                                                                                                          In addition, the Governor, the House and now the SWM all have not included the $500,000 earmark for our five Elder Mental Health Outreach Teams project and unless a floor amendment is successful in the Senate, funding for our five EMHOT teams ends June 30th, 2018.

Next steps: PAY ATTENTION

  • Floor Amendments to the SWM due Monday, April 14th by noon. Debate on Floor Amendments begins April 15th.
  • We have heard of one Senator filing for $17m in line item #9110-9002 which for will equal $12/elder and fully funds SIG.
  • No one has stepped forward to file for Mental Health but we are working vigorously to find a senator by Monday’s deadline.
  • Once we have named the lead sponsors for each amendment we will need you to contact your Senator and asked for their support. Look forward MCOA Legislative Alert: FY19 #3A Monday Late Morning and be prepared to call. 

 

This is for all the marbles folks…stay tuned and be prepared to call…

 

David P. Stevens

Executive Director

Massachusetts Councils on Aging

Email: david@mcoaonline.com

Web: www.mcoaonline.com

Cell: 413.539.0565

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