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Blog Archive for May 2019

Happy end to a rainy May!  Here are some updates on important issues we’ve been tracking.

SNAP Gap Campaign update:  

Yesterday the Massachusetts Senate adopted Senator Sal DiDomenico’s amendment #434 along with a $1M boostin additional EOHHS funding for the Administration to take steps to pilot closing the SNAP gap!  This is HUGE!  Thanks to all who weighed in. This is a tremendous victory!

HEARING on TUESDAY AM!  As noted in earlier emails.  We have a hearing on the SNAP Gap legislation (H. 1173 and S. 678) on Tuesday AM at the State House.  Room A-1 from 10:30 to 1 PM.  

Lot's going on this week and next.  

Upcoming Legislative Hearings - May 28th and June 3rd:

We hope you are feeling energized by the FIRST DAY of full sunshine/no clouds in months - this past Saturday.  Woo Hoo!!  And even the sunshine poked it's head out in parts of MA yesterday afternoon. 
 
You may have been following this issue in the news.
The Senate Ways & Means Committee came out with its budget bill yesterday for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2019, MLRI's preliminary analysis is posted here:    

SWM Budget analysis:  MLRI's housing, health care, benefits, child welfare advocates have joined forces to prepare our analysis of the Senate Ways and Means FY20 Budget, Senate Bill #3.  https://www.masslegalservices.org/MLRI_SWM_FY20_Analysis  Feel free to share this with you