BOSTON – The Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Massachusetts State Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2019 State of Massachusetts budget, earlier today, July 18.
The final version of the budget includes significant increases to local aid for Ashland and strengthens numerous state-wide programs.
“This year we secured significant increases in local funding and education spending in the 7th Middlesex district, as well as the inclusion of funding for several local projects,” said Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis, a Democrat from Framingham, who represents the Town of Ashland and one-third of the Precincts in the City of Framingham.
Ashland received $6,115,970 in Chapter 70 Education funding, which is a $103,757 increase over fiscal year 2018
Keefe Technical High School in Framingham received $4,810,820, a $403,179 increase over last year.
Ashland received $1,398,231, in local aid, a $47,283 increase over fiscal year 2018.
Other Ashland funding included in the budget included:
$20,000 for the Decisions at Every Turn Coalition
$30,000 for expanded dementia-friendly community programs
$50,000 for the construction of a park on the former Cadilac Paint, Inc. site
$30,000 for the substance use peer recovery program
The budget passed both the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Massachusetts State Senate, and is now before Governor Baker for his signature.