Below is a press release from State Rep. Dave Robertson’s Office:
BOSTON, MA — Massachusetts has a FY22 budget as the Massachusetts House of Representatives overrode 14 of Governor Baker’s 25 vetoes and amendments in a formal session. Totaling $47.6 billion the budget does not increase any fees or taxes, and invests $1.2 billion back into the rainy day fund, a fund heavily relied on by the state to fund both state programs as well as the cities and towns throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Also included in the final version of the bill were a number of amendments sponsored by Representative Robertson.
These amendments include reimbursements to Tewksbury’s police and fire departments in the amount of $75,000 and $90,000 respectively. In addition $25,000 was included for an ongoing project for mold remediation and ventilation at the Wilmington Housing Authority, supplementing previous state funds. Representative Robertson also included $75,000 for the design, survey, and installation of sound and visual mitigation barriers along the wildcat branch of the MBTA, where a tree clearing program left abutting properties to the mercy of the noise and visuals of previously hidden train traffic. Wilmington will also receive $75,000 to study, survey, engineer and install a traffic control signal at the Public Safety building to allow the safe entry and exit of emergency response vehicles.
“With Massachusetts getting back on it’s feet, I am proud to have worked with our local officials to help accelerate and fund these project priorities in our towns,” said Representative Robertson on passage of the bill. “The money earmarked for our first responders in both towns will be spent on equipment, training, or even just getting them out of the building safely when on a call. I am thrilled to help make their lives a bit easier as they serve our towns.”
In addition to the these earmarks, the FY22 budget will include a record amount of local aid including $219.6 million more for the states schools and over $28 million for special education funding assistance. $18 million dollars has been earmarked for vocational schools to provide job training assistance as the economy recovers, and a total of $1.16 billion in unrestricted aid to cities and towns – a record high.
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