Monday, April 17, 2017
DCR’s budget cuts since FY2009 have resulted in a loss of nearly 300 staff positions, and a reduction in workforce of 31%. These devastating budget cuts have led to closed and poorly maintained facilities, lack of forest and park staff and almost no trail maintenance.
Additional cuts projected for the FY 2018 budget will only make this worse.
We must reverse this trend!
NEMBA is joining The Green Budget Coalition and the Environmental League of Massachusetts in trying to change this by reaching out to our members and asking them to contact their State senators and representatives.
Specifically ask them to support the following budget amendments.
Department of Conservation and Recreation: State Parks and Recreation (2810-0100) Line Item
· Amendment #839, By Representative Paul Schmid of Westport would fund parks operations at $42 million and restore nearly $7 million in lost funding.
· Amendment #288, By Gailanne Cariddi of North Adams will fund seasonal staffing at $17 million and restore over $1.5 million in decreased funding.
Find your legislators HERE!
Phone calls, are much more effective than emails and only take a few seconds. Please call today to help preserve and protect our State Forests and Parks.