Plymouth Area Legislation Delegation: State funding secured for legislative initiatives

Wicked Local/Old Colony Memorial

BOSTON – The Plymouth area legislative delegation, including Senator Vinny deMacedo, R-Plymouth, Rep. Tom Calter, D-Kingston, and Rep. Matt Muratore, R-Plymouth, was successful in securing funding for multiple local initiatives in Massachusetts’ FY16 state budget, signed last week by Gov. Charlie Baker. These initiatives include Drug Story Theater of the South Shore, Plymouth’s 400th anniversary, water quality efforts in Plymouth County, mosquito control, and veterans’ services in Plymouth, including an outreach center.

“We have worked very hard to advocate as to the importance of these local initiatives to our colleagues in the legislature,” deMacedo said. “These budget items reflect the priorities of our constituents including public safety, water quality and combating opiate abuse. I am proud that we were able to successfully represent these interests here on Beacon Hill.”

Read Full Article July 28, 2015 Source: Wicked Local/Old Colony Memorial

Local pols trumpet state budget funds earmarked for Cape Cod

Massachusetts lawmakers approved the $38.1 billion state budget sending it to Governor Charlie Baker on Wednesday.  Although key budget components will effect the entire state, a cadre of Upper Cape pols have announced more than a million in funds headed to Cape Cod, and Bourne more specifically.

State Senator Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth) and State Representatives Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich) and David Vieira (R-Falmouth) announced the funds in a joint release Thursday.

Read Full Article July 10, 2015 Source: Cape Cod Today

Cape Verdeans mark 40 years of independence

Last week, Tavares and more than 100 other Cape Verdeans gathered at the State House to mark the 40th anniversary of the July 5, 1975 independence day. There, state Sen. Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth) and state Rep. Evendro Carvalho (D-Dorchester) led a program that featured speeches by Cape Verdean Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Luis Rocha, Consul General Pedro G. Carvalho and Gov. Charlie Baker….

“The progress this small nation has made in the last 40 years is phenomenal,” said Sen. deMacedo.

As for progress in the United States, deMacedo’s election to the state Senate last year stands as one high water mark. And with the election of Carvalho, who joined the House last year in a special election, the Cape Verdean delegation on Beacon Hill has doubled its numbers, deMacedo pointed out.

“Now we have two.”

Read Full Article July 8, 2015 Source: The Bay State Banner

deMacedo Appointed to Budget Conference Committee

State Senator Viriato (Vinny) deMacedo (R-Plymouth) was appointed Wednesday, May 27, to serve as one of six members on the conference committee tasked with reconciling the budgets of the state Senate and House of Representatives. The committee was officially named after the House of Representatives formally rejected the Senate’s budget for the 2016 Fiscal Year.

Issues that are expected to come up include plans for reforming the MBTA and a Senate-proposed income tax freeze to fund the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Read Full Article May 29, 2015 Source: Cape News (The Enterprise)

Senator deMacedo Addresses Bourne Funding, Heroin Epidemic in First Senate Address

BOSTON – State Senator Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth) gave his first address to the Senate this week.

Representing the Plymouth and Barnstable District, deMacedo addressed a variety of topics, including voicing support for state funding for Bourne to cover the costs of educating children at Camp Edwards. He also spoke on the region’s heroin epidemic.

“We’ve done more than we’ve ever done in the history of the commonwealth of Massachusetts in addressing substance abuse and treatment,” deMacedo said of recent legislative efforts. “What I have seen over the last three years has just literally shocked me. Every day, I run in to somebody new who tells me a brother or a sister or a friend or a cousin has been taken in by this epidemic of addiction to heroin.”

Vinny deMacedo was elected to replace former Senate President Therese Murray. He spent 16 years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Read Full Article May 23, 2015 Source:

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