Letter from the NCEU Legislative Lobbying Team of Delaney, Buoniconti & McCary, LLC.
On Friday, February 17, 2012, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a supplemental funding bill/budget which delivered millions in additional funding to correctional employees across the commonwealth. As a direct result of NCEU advocacy, correctional employees in Hampden County and Franklin County with recieve nearly $3 million in supplemental funding, and Hampshire County shall recieve $960,444. Unfortunately, the Governor chose to virtually cut in half the amount of additional funding proposed by the legislature for the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department and the Bristol County Sheriff's Department. Earlier this month the House and Senate jointly approved $1,904,189 in additional funding for Bristol County and $1,743,757 for Plymouth County. Friday, Governor Patrick reduced the Bristol County number to $952,094 and the Plymouth County number to $871,878 stating in his veto message that the funding amount approved by the legislature authorized "unaffordable spending by sheriffs in excess of my budget recommendations".
On behalf of NCEU we will continue our advocacy to restore full funding for correctional employees in Bristol County and Plymouth County, and will keep you up to speed on any new developments.