This week the Massachusetts Senate is taking up the budget for next year. The Fiscal Year 2024 budget provides funding for vital programs and services for older Massachusetts residents.
AARP Massachusetts’ budget priorities include programs and services that recognize and support the critical role of family caregivers; help people stay in their own home and community; strengthen the financial security of Massachusetts residents; and encourage age-friendly communities.
AARP is asking Senators to cosponsor amendments to the budget that support older residents, fund Meals on Wheels and nutrition programs, and ensure residents with dementia receive the care they deserve.
It is critical that the Commonwealth invests in these vital programs and services. That’s why AARP sent a letter to Michael Rodrigues, Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means asking him to support several amendments. (Read the AARP letter here)
Among the amendments AARP supports
AARP believes the Commonwealth must invest in these vital programs, services, and budgets now. We know that with each budget, difficult decisions must be made. We also know that the most vulnerable among us must be protected.
An Update: The Senate did adopt five of the amendments AARP supported:
The next step for the budget is a conference committee where the House and Senate will hammer out the differences between their two versions of the budget. It then needs to be voted on by the House and Senate before it goes to Governor Maura Healey.
This story is provided by AARP Massachusetts. Visit the AARP Massachusetts page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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