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Historical Society's 37th ANNUAL HARVEST FAIR September 24, 2017

Funding for MetroWest in Final 2018 Budget

by Senator Karen Spilka
July 16, 2017

BOSTON– The Massachusetts Senate on Friday to approve a final $40.202B billion budget for Fiscal Year 2018. 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.

Funding specific 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.  The budget will now go to Governor Baker for his signature.

 

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Thank you, Karen, for securing this funding for us!

- Nancy Baron | 7/18/17 11:01 PM

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