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10 / 05 / 2017
  - 03:07:52 PM
Senate Tackles Budget Votes
  

By MyFM's Rick Michaels - 

The Senate on Thursday tackled another round of Gov. Charlie Baker's budget vetoes, agreeing to 27 overrides.  A question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto in line item on Sewer Rate Relief Funding, which had been reduced by $1,100,000. The House voted 117 to 34 to override the veto.

State Senator Karen Spilka of Ashland said, "This would eliminate $1.1 million from sewer rate relief. There are about 350 million gallons of sewage every day. We need to help our communities with this."

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 34 to 3 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

Another question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto in line item on Underground Storage Tank Reimbursements, which had been reduced by $2,500,000. The House overrode the veto on a 116 to 35 vote.

Sen. Spilka said, "This veto reduces funding to the underground storage tank account by $2.5 million. This has been in existence for many years and it's important for small family-owned businesses. It keeps their stations safe and clean. We ask them to maintain a certain level. We ensure safety and environmental concerns are met."

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 33 to 2 the veto was OVERRIDDEN