Money Arrives as Final Storm of the Season Hits the Baystate

money_shovelWe have heard numerous reports from all around the state that long overdue money has been pouring in!  If you have not yet received your check, you should receive it by next week.

The good news doesn’t stop there.  When Secretary of State William Galvin signed the legislation allowing the deficit spending for FY2014, the new law allows for deficit spending in FY2015 as well.  We can all breathe a sigh of relief knowing that we will be paid in a timely manner next winter. 

It would be easy to relax and pat ourselves on the back for a job well done, but instead we are riding this wave of success to ensure timely payments beyond the next year.  As a result of the efforts of the membership, we have forged relationships with many lawmakers, in both the House and Senate, who are working diligently on new legislation that will provide consistent payments for years to come.

In our post on March 11th, we introduced you to Rep. David Vieira (R), Falmouth:

David is hard at work authoring an amendment to the FY 2015 State Budget which, if approved, will allow the DOT to spend in deficit from an existing state fund throughout the winter and be replenished at a later date via a supplemental budget.  In short, the DOT would have the ability to write checks in a timely fashion by “borrowing” from another existing state account.   So, instead of individual contractors waiting for a supplemental budget to be approved, it will be the existing state account the monies are taken from that will wait for supplemental funding.

David has put together a comprehensive package that makes sense.  Cross your fingers and be ready to help in about 2 weeks when the language is finalized and we begin reaching out to every State Rep and Senator to gain support for this logical step into the future of snow and ice funding!

Representative David Vieira (R), Falmouth, is at the State House today working on his proposed legislation.

Very soon we will be asking for your help to reach out to every State Representative and State Senator so we can turn Rep. Vieira’s legislation into law.

Thank you for all of your efforts, both on and off the road.  We are so close to a permanent solution to what has been a perennial problem for us, and we appreciate all of your due diligence, past, present and future.