Proposed $40.2 Billion State Budget Has Funding Specifically For Framingham

The budget makes reductions in spending from the originally proposed Senate budget due to revised revenue forecasts, but maintains a strong commitment to Chapter 70 education funding and preserving local aid to cities and towns.
The budget awaits the Governor’s signature.
Sen. Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), who represents Framingham announced the senate’s budget includes specific funding to MetroWest includes:
– $50,000 for Serenity House in Hopkinton
– $88K National Lancers in Framingham
– $250K Tempo Wayside Youth and Family Support
– $75,000 for a transportation program operated by SMOC to assist people in getting to work
– $100,000 for the 495/MetroWest Corridor Partnership, Inc.
– $100,000 for the United Way of Tri-County’s Call 2 Talk program
– $50,000 for a Commercial Driver’s License workforce program operated by the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority
– $100,000 for The Treehouse Foundation, Inc.for planning to replicate the Intergenerational Treehouse Community model in the MetroWest region
– $300,000 For the Ashland public Schools
– $50,000 for the removal of hazardous substances in Ashland
– $50,000 for the planning and design of a public safety building in Ashland
– $75,000 for Decisions at Every Turn Coalition
– $30,000 for a Complete Streets project in North Framingham
– $70,000 for upgrades to the Framingham History Center
– $75,000 for Framingham Downtown Renaissance, Inc.
– $300,000 for Framingham Public Schools to mitigate student overcrowding
– Authorization to conduct a feasibility study for a new MassBay campus to be  located in the town of Framingham
– $100K Resiliency for Life program in the Framingham High School
– $25K Hoops and Homework
– $75,000 for The MetroWest Free Medical Program, Inc.
– $50,000 for the Holliston Drug and Alcohol Awareness Coalition
$50,000 for the Holliston School Substance Abuse Prevention program
– $100,000 for the Hopkinton Organizing for Prevention Program
– $30,000 for the Veterans Oral History Project at the Morse Institute Library
– $50,000 for the Family Promise MetroWest Homelessness Response Center
Chapter 70 Funding includes:
– $6,012,213 for Ashland Chapter 70 – $76,410 (1.3% ) increase over FY17 GAA
– $42,363,221 for Framingham Chapter 70 – $271,830 (0.6%) increase over FY17 GAA
– $7,441,480 for Holliston Chapter 70 – $78,360 (1.1%) increase over FY17 GAA
– $6,256,963 for Hopkinton Chapter 70 – $104,130 (1.7 %) increase over FY17 GAA
– $9,281,825 for Natick Chapter 70 – $163,980 (1.8%) increase over FY17 GAA
Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA) includes:
– $1,350,948 for Ashland Unrestricted General Government Aid – $50,709 (3.9%) increase from FY17 GAA
–  $9,938,983 for Framingham Unrestricted General Government Aid – $373,071 (3.9%) increase from FY17 GAA
– $1,547,029 for Holliston Unrestricted General Government Aid – $58,069 (3.9%) increase from FY17 GAA
– $784,762 for Hopkinton Unrestricted General Government Aid – $29,457 (3.9%) increase from FY17 GAA
– $3,806,809 for Natick Unrestricted General Government Aid – $142,893 (3.9%) increase from FY17 GAA
The FY 2018 conference committee report passed the Senate with a vote of 36 to 2.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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