Last week when the Senate took up their budget we had some success and some losses. We did not get any additional funding for MA Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program. We also did not secure funding for CPR in Schools Grants or the AED Trust Fund which is disappointing but we will continue to work to secure this critical funding.
We did secure language around funding for Mass in Motion and were able to work (really) hard to get $100,000 for the MA Food Trust to help run the program. We were told early on that it was a hard no, but thanks to our many partners and grassroots efforts we turned the no into a yes of partial funding. Lastly we were able to increase the Stroke Line item from $400,000 to $620,000 and secure the language that creates a stroke system of care, ensuring that we have two vehicles for this critical policy.