Political Notes: Cape Legislators Tout Impact on State Budget

A Cape Cod Times article written on July 11th discusses lawmakers' successes with the state budget, highlighting how effectively budgets are being put to good work in the commonwealth, such as State Rep. William Crocker's work in generating increases in Chapter 70 state aid to the Barnstable, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional and Cape Cod Regional Technical High School districts, as well as $15 million for early education in Barnstable.

Political Notes: Cape Legislators Tout Impact on State Budget

Cape Cod Times

Geoff Spillane

July 11, 2017

BOSTON — Cape and islands lawmakers are trumpeting their successes in the state’s $40.2 fiscal 2018 budget passed by the Legislature on Friday.

State Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, reports he secured $1.9 million in local and state funding. Local funding included appropriations for the Barnstable County Fire and Rescue Training Academy, Children’s Cove, Sight Loss Services, Housing Assistance Corp. and The Community Development Partnership.

State Rep. William Crocker, R-Centerville, highlighted his work in generating increases in Chapter 70 state aid to the Barnstable, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional and Cape Cod Regional Technical High School districts, as well as $15 million for early education in Barnstable.

Among the priorities of Rep. Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown, that made the budget include funding for the Homeless Prevention Council on the Lower Cape, supporting visitor information centers, addressing traffic safety issues along Route 6 from Orleans to Provincetown and a statewide Beach Access Conservation Plan.

State Reps. Dylan Fernandes, D-Woods Hole, and David Vieira, R-Falmouth, collaborated on a successful push calling for the state’s Housing Court to be expanded to the Cape and Islands.

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Former state Sen. Daniel Wolf, D-Harwich, will take part in the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center’s “Breaking Barriers” Summer Speaker Series at 7 p.m. July 20 at Monomoy Regional Middle School in Chatham.

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Barnstable County Commissioner Ronald Beaty Jr. has announced constituent office hours for the rest of 2017. Beaty will be available from 1:45 to 3:45 p.m. Wednesdays at the county complex.

To schedule an appointment, call 508-375-6875 or email ron.beaty@barnstablecounty.org.

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The Bourne Republican Town Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Bourne Veterans Memorial Community Center on Main Street in Buzzards Bay.

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The Dennis Democratic Town Committee is sponsoring an orientation program to explain how the Democratic State Committee, Cape and Islands Democratic Council and town committees operate. The program is scheduled for at 7 p.m. Monday at the Dennis Police Department, 90 Bob Crowell Road, South Dennis.

Read the article here.