Massachusetts State Reorganization
GOVERNOR ROMNEY'S LINE ITEM AND OUTSIDE SECTION VETOES
The Nitty-Gritty Details
following is a detailed list of the line item and outside section vetoes
that Governor Romney made this past week. The list includes the
following information which may be useful when you contact your state
legislators: the title of the line item, the line item number, Romney's
action, Romney's comment on the item, the language that was struck from
the budget, and finally, CRWA's position on the veto.
on a link or simply scroll down through the list:
Environmental Affairs Admin
of responsibility and authority to division of urban parks and recreation
Creates executive office of environmental affairs
Riverways protection & access
EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS MANDATE
of item that was vetoed: Environmental Affairs Admin
Line item number: 2000-0100
Romney's action: Strike
"I am striking language because it inappropriately imposes
legislative controls on Executive Branch management decisions."
that was struck:
2000-0100 "provided further, that said secretary shall file a
plan with the house and senate committees on ways and means 20 days before
entering into any interdepartmental service agreements with any of the
departments or divisions under said secretariat or any department,
division or office under the executive office of administration and
finance; provided, that the parkways, boulevards, roadways, bridges and
related appurtenances under the care and custody of the metropolitan
district commission in fiscal year 2003 shall remain solely under the
jurisdiction, custody and care of the division of urban parks and
recreation under the executive office of environmental affairs; provided
further, that said plan shall detail the purposes of, reasons for, and
amounts of said agreements"
CRWA opposes this veto because we believe the
language is needed to ensure that the parkways will be kept with the park
system, and that control of those parkways will remain with EOEA.
of section vetoed: Transmittal of responsibility and authority to division
of urban parks and recreation
number: Section 248
Romney's comment: "I am vetoing this section because it unreasonably limits
executive branch powers and prevents the agency from realizing anticipated
Language that was struck:
248. Said section 35 of said chapter 92, as so appearing, is hereby
further amended by adding the following paragraph: -
section 20 of chapter 21A, the division and department shall preserve and
protect the scenic and historic integrity of its roadways and boulevards.
Neither the department nor the division shall enter into an interagency or
other agreement concerning the roadways and boulevards with a state or
public agency or entity to transfer any lands, roadways or boulevards,
bridges, facilities, personnel, equipment or material under its care,
custody and control without the express prior approval of the legislature.
CRWA opposes this veto because we believe it provides an additional level
of protection for the parkways that is needed under the merger of the
metropolitan and state parks systems.
This strong, clear language assures park advocates that the nature
of the parkways will not be lost.
of section that was vetoed: CREATES
EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS MANDATE
Section number: Section
Romney's comment: "I am vetoing this section because it
does not allow the executive branch to make decisions about staffing based
on needs and resource limitations."
Language that was struck: SECTION
627. The Secretary of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs shall
coordinate the delivery of services of the departments and divisions under
his control to ensure the protection of the air, water, natural resources
and land of the commonwealth and to provide support for the provision of
recreational activities for the citizens of the commonwealth. In
conducting said duties, the secretary shall also work in coordination with
departments and division under his control to provide continued support
for the recreational facilities currently operated in the commonwealth.
The secretary shall continue to maintain the public appreciation and
enjoyment of the commonwealth's natural resources, including bicycle and
walking paths, hiking trails, beaches, and other public open space. To
effectuate the aforementioned policies, the secretary shall ensure the
following: (1) all pools and spray pools under the jurisdiction of said
executive office shall remain open for not less than 10 weeks during the
summer months; (2) all rinks under the jurisdiction of said executive
office shall be open from October through April; (3) all golf courses
under the jurisdiction of said executive office shall be maintained and
groomed and open to the public for reasonable rates April through
November; (4) all playgrounds, tennis courts, local parks, athletic fields
and stadia under the jurisdiction of said executive office shall be open
for the public use year round and shall be clean and safe for the citizens
of the commonwealth; (5) all beaches shall be staffed by lifeguards during
the summer swimming season and the beaches shall be cleared of litter and
other pollutants; (6) all 750 lane-miles of parkways shall be repaired and
kept in good operating condition, including the removal of snow, paving of
potholes, and other weather-related damage. The secretary shall coordinate
the delivery of services of the departments and divisions under his or her
control to ensure the protection of air, water, land, and other natural
resources of the commonwealth and to provide support for the acquisition,
management, utilization, and conservation of habitat for native flora and
fauna. The secretary shall continue to assure the health and viability of
the commonwealth's biodiversity for future generations. To effectuate the
aforementioned policies, the secretary shall ensure the following: (1)
Provide assistance to the departments and divisions under his or her
control, including the administration of funds to cities and towns, for
the acquisition of interests in land for conservation purposes; (2)
Develop partnerships with private, non-profit and other entities that will
augment the commonwealth's stewardship and acquisition of such lands; (3)
Monitor and enforce all conservation restrictions held by the
commonwealth; (4) Enforce all laws and regulations promulgated for the
protection of watersheds, lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, coastal and
inland wetlands; (5) Develop natural resource management plans for all
state forests, reservation, and wildlife management areas; (6) Ensure that
sustainable forestry management practices are employed on all state-owned
lands, and that such practices are coordinated with private forestland
management practices to achieve landscape-scale goals; (7) Promote the
sustainable economic development of the private agricultural and forestry
resources of the commonwealth; (8) Promote research and monitoring to
establish ecological benchmarks for assessing the health and viability of
the commonwealth's biodiversity.
of section that was vetoed: RIVERWAYS
PROTECTION & ACCESS
item number: Line item 2300-0101
"I am vetoing this item because it is not consistent with my
House 1 recommendation."
opposes this veto and we support the Riverways Program.
This small program's ($290,293) staff raises close to three
times as much additional money in volunteer hours and non-state grants.
Its elimination through the Governor's veto comes at a critical
juncture when the viability of the Commonwealth's water resources for
water supply, recreation, ecosystem health, habitat, species diversity and
economic development, are seriously threatened. The
Riverways Program works closely with local watershed groups (nonprofits
receiving little or no state resources) to enhance freshwater resources
across the Commonwealth, and it has filled a gap caused by the elimination
of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs' Watershed Initiative
through budget cuts. The
Governor's veto will jeopardize the continual progress Massachusetts has
made in protecting aquatic habitat and expanding public access and
enjoyment of the state's waterbodies. Riverways'
programs include Adopt-A-Stream, River Restore, the Urban Rivers Programs,
River Instream Flow Stewards, the Small Grants Program, and technical
assistance. Each program,
sometimes containing a single staff member, works in partnership with
citizens to restore and protect our rivers.
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.
CRWA's letter to
legislators - use this for talking points.
information for state senators in the Charles River Watershed
What you can do - A Call To Action!
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