$500,000 FOR GUN AND VIOLENT CRIME PREVENTION

By Bob Katzen

The House 151-6, overrode Governor Baker’s veto of the entire $500,000 for a neighborhood-based gun and violent crime prevention pilot program for targeted work with out-of-school youth and young adults aged 17 to 24.

The funding would be used to prevent gun violence and other violent crime in neighborhoods and municipalities with the highest rates of violent crime.

Governor Baker said that not only is this item not consistent with his budget recommendation, but he also argued that $14 million in funding is available in fiscal year 2021, carried forward from fiscal year 2020. The Senate has not yet voted on this reduction.

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