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The 23rd Annual Fall River Police Officer Thomas J. Giunta Memorial 5k Road Race Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 12:10 pm.
Click HERE for more info about Tommy and the event. Click HERE for an entry form for the event.
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The MPA was established in the 20th century with a simple mission in mind: represent law enforcement officers who serve the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Since our founding, we have inducted thousands of police officers and their supporters into our ranks, and successfully achieved our goals to create an entity that police can always turn to when they are in need.
Legislation from lawmakers can have a profound impact on the police forces in Massachusetts. The MPA keeps cops informed on the happenings on the Hill to ensure they can safeguard and exercise their rights to keep themselves, and their communities, safe.
The criminal justice system in this country is sacred to police. However, in these changing times, its decisions are not always easy to interpret, understand, or, at times, accept. That is why the MPA offers expert legal resources and assistance to all police officers in need.
Only days after being named the best state to live in, tax revenues showed little connection. Governor Baker answered questions of how this could be in a blue state with a Republican governor. He pointed toward education and a diverse economy as well as cooperation between branches of government. His enthusiasm would be tempered by disappointing revenues in February. He had predicted this when he made mid-year cuts to the budget. Legislative leaders thought that premature and we're looking to restore some of the cuts. These results put at least a hold and maybe a stop to those thoughts.
February revenues were $1.17 billion which was $117 million below benchmark or 9.1%. Eight months into the fiscal year has revenues at$15.85 billion of $134 million or 1%. The final four months generally produce 40% of annual revenues. With all categories down in February, March will be vital to righting the ship.
On another note, the legislative committees have been named with hearings to begin shortly. Senator Timilty continues double duty chairing both Public Service and Public Safety. He will again be joined by Representative Naughton at Public Safety and Representative Parisella who moves from Veterans Affairs to Public Service. We look forward to working with the committee in the upcoming session.
UPDATE: March 22, 2017
Supplemental Budget Would Increase LOD Death Benefit
When the House meets later this afternoon to act on a mid-year spending bill, they will be considering a section that would increase the state line of duty death benefit from $150k to 300k. This is a one-time payment made to families of public safety officials that make the ultimate sacrifice. We worked in the last session to increase the benefit and are happy to see it done as part of the budget. Families would also be eligible for federal benefits.
Another positive can be found in the mid-March revenue numbers. After several months of missing benchmark, revenues through the first half of March are up 9.8% or $124 million. Year to date collections stand at $17.23 billion. This helps close some of the budget gap that caused mid-year cuts. We will watch for the final numbers.
About the MPA
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