Representative Patrick Secures Funding For The Cape
Representative Patrick (D-Falmouth) has been successful in securing funds for the 3rd Barnstable District in the FY06 House Budget. If adopted by the Senate, funding will be provided for veteranâ??s health services and housing, the Cape Cod Free Clinic and Community Center, Childrenâ??s Cove, the Duffy Oâ??Neil Center, the Barnstable Drug Court, the Turning Point homeless center in Wareham, and to Barnstable County for lyme disease prevention.
In addition Mr. Patrick submitted many amendments that would benefit the 3rd Barnstable district and Cape Cod. One program funded for the second year is one that Rep. Patrick started that funds Falmouth Veteransâ?? Health services at the Falmouth Free clinic. This $50,000 dollar earmark pays for healthcare for veterans through Falmouth Free Clinic and Community Center to be administered by the Falmouth Veterans Agent. This brings healthcare for veterans to a local facility. Before these funds were available our local vets had to travel to Hyannis or New Bedford. In addition $28,350 was secured by Patrick to pay for the contract for the Homestead Veterans Housing in Hyannis.
Local funding for new District Court Programs
The funding for BAND, Barnstable Action for New Directions Program, is a first time allocation for what is known to the local community as a drug court. The Barnstable District Court and the Cape and Islands District Attorney adult treatment program facilitated by Gosnold of Cape Cod Inc. has been allocated $125,000 in the House FY06 budget.
Other amendments submitted by Patrick and funded were; $100,000 for the Cape Cod Economic Development Council, Inc.; $150,000 for the Cape Cod Regional Incubator Project to be operated by the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and although the earmark for Rabies was not allowed the bottom line for the line item was increased by $400,000.
Patrick failed to get an amendment in the budget that would have funded the proposed Federal projects on the Massachusetts Military Reservation that would provide joint training for National Guard and Homeland Security first line defenders. However, he gained a commitment from the Speaker Sal DiMasi to send a letter to the Pentagon stating his commitment to fund the $4 million design portion of the projects. Patrick is still trying to get the Governor and the Senate President to sign on to the letter.
Representative Patrick co-sponsored these other Cape based amendments;