Massachusetts State Reorganization
Call to Action
for JULY 7, 2003!
We need veto
Help keep the
Metropolitan Parks System intact!
funding for the Riverways Program, for recycling programs, and for Toxic
On June 30th, Governor Romney vetoed several key items
in the budget that stood to improve the quality of our rivers and
parklands. Now, the
legislature needs to decide whether they will override those vetoes.
Please call your state representative and state senator TODAY
and urge them to override these specific vetoes (to find your
representative and senator, go to http://www.state.ma.us/legis/citytown.htm):
Parkland provisions (Line item 2000-0100), (Outside
Section 248), and (Outside Section 627): Romney's vetoes could reduce protection of
the parkways that link the various elements of the metropolitan parks
system. These parkways are
historic elements of the system, and should be preserved as such.
Control of these parkways must remain with EOEA, not given over to
the Highway Department or another entity.
Program (Line item 2300-0101): This program has been effective at working with watershed
associations and other groups to promote protection of rivers and streams
in the state. By leveraging a
very small state investment into a tremendous benefit for communities and
citizens statewide, the Riverways Program outperforms many other more
expensive state programs.
(Line item 2010-0200): Funding for state support of these programs is vital to their
Toxic Use Reduction Institute (Line item 7100-0300):
This institute at UMass has been effective and should be funded.
Click on one of the links below before contacting
your State Senator or Representative to learn more about the vetoes and
why you should contact them.
on Governor Romney's vetoes
letter to legislators - for use as talking points
Find your state legislators