Senate Passes CPA Amendment Including $10 Million for Trust Fund

May 21, 2014: On the first day of budget debate, the State Senate approved an amendment (Redraft OTH #4) to transfer $10 Million from the FY14 state budget surplus to the CPA Trust Fund. The amendment's lead sponsor, Senator Cynthia Stone Creem, had originally requested $25 million from the budget surplus, but the amendment was redrafted earlier today with a revised amount of $10 Million.  As she introduced the amendment, Senator Creem discussed the positive impact CPA has had on the communities and constituents she represents, and without further debate, the amendent passed on a 39-0 roll call vote. All state senators voted in favor of the amendment; Senate President Therese Murray did not vote, as is tradition for the Senate President for most budget amendments.  The Senate is expected to approve the entire FY15 budget, including the CPA amendment, by the end of this week.

We are extremely grateful for the support of all the members of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, led by Chairman Stephen Brewer, as well as Senator Cynthia Stone Creem, our longtime CPA sponsor, and Minority Leader Bruce Tarr.

What's the next step?

As reported last month, the House of Representatives budget included $25 Million to be tranferred from the state budget surplus to the CPA Trust Fund.  In June, the budget will go to a budget conference committee, where differences between the House and Senate budget proposals will be debated and reconciled. The Coalition will continue to advocate for $25 million in funding for the CPA Trust Fund during the conference committee process, and a final decision can be expected by the end of June.

What was included in the Senate budget for CPA?

Shown below is the full text of Senator Creem's CPA amendment, and the impressive list of 28 state senators that co-sponsored the amendment.