Mass Senate Votes NO on Funding for BHO

| May 30, 2019 | 2 Replies


For the second year in a row, the Massachusetts Senate voted NO on funding for Blue Hill Observatory (Amendment #910) that would have provided $100,000 for “Operational Support”. The amendment had been sponsored by Senators Timilty, Barrett, Cyr, Eldridge, Feeney, Moore, and O’Connor, almost one forth of the Senate. Previous action by the House had overwhelming supported $100K funding for the Observatory. It is possible that the funds can be restored by the House/Senate Joint Conference Committee, but this will be an up-hill battle. Please follow this website for further updates.

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  1. Pamela Birkenfeld says:

    Please let us know who voted against this and why. It’s an outrage!

    • dmccasland says:

      Thanks for your interest and frustration.
      Since it is a majority vote for approval, there were multiple Senators that voted against the funding. The reasons can be very diverse. The primary reason is often because there are other initiatives they felt stronger about funding.
      The best way to help the observatory is to contact your Senators and Representatives and ask them to encourage the Conference Committee to put the funding for the Blue Hill Observatory Science Center back in. That has happened in the past thank to folks like you letting the powers that be know how important it is to support the educational and scientific activities at Blue Hill Observatory.

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