FY18 Budget Advocacy
Budget Update!: On May 25, 2017, the Massachusetts Senate finished its budget debate, adopting select amendments that provide some additional funds to environmental agencies. Next, a conference committee of three State Representatives and three Senators will craft a compromise version of the budget. It will then go to Governor Baker.
Read the June 2, 2017 letter the Environmental League sent to the conference committee, on behalf of the Green Budget Coalition, below.
If your Senator did co-sponsor, we encourage you to call or write to say thank you. Click here to look up your Senator’s contact information.
Not sure who represents you in the Massachusetts Senate? Click here to find out.
Green Budget Coalition Top Priorities FY18
1% for the Environment
Severe cuts to environmental agency budgets and staff reductions are preventing Massachusetts from living up to its potential. Currently, only 0.5% of the state operating budget supports environmental agencies. In our annual Green Budget report we set forth funding recommendations that put us on the right track toward achieving the Governor’s commitment of 1% for the environment. The last time Massachusetts allocated 1% of its budget to environmental programs was in the early 2000’s.
This year, over 100 organizations and businesses have endorsed ELM’s Green Budget, resulting in the largest Green Budget Coalition ever.
In Massachusetts, we are the beneficiaries of a wealth of natural resources. It is our responsibility to ensure that we continue leading the nation in protecting our environment and the public’s health. We envision a Commonwealth that has healthy communities, great parks, and clean, abundant water.
What You Can Do
Familiarize yourself with the state budget process.
Subscribe to ELM’s e-mail list to keep up-to-date with our budget advocacy. When you receive our Action Alerts, please contact your State Representative and State Senator to ensure that our elected officials are hearing from their constituents that funding for environmental programs matters.