All Norfolk & Plymouth District communities to receive funding for district priorities
For Immediate Release: July 13, 2021
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BOSTON – The State Senate and House of Representatives voted Friday to pass and send to the Governor a $48.1 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2022 that reflects the Legislature’s commitment to advancing the recovery of the Commonwealth from the COVID-19 pandemic and funding essential statewide programs and services in a fiscally prudent way.
“I am proud to support this budget, which not only makes crucial funding available for programs and projects across the Commonwealth, but which also will direct millions of dollars to the City of Quincy, and the towns of Abington, Braintree, Holbrook, and Rockland, all while increasing vital state reserves,” said Senator John Keenan, (D-Quincy).
Taking into consideration the Commonwealth’s strong tax revenue performance over the last fiscal year, the final FY22 conference report increased initial revenue assumptions by $4.2 billion for a new tax revenue projection of $34.35 billion. Rather than withdraw from the Stabilization Fund, the FY22 budget will instead transfer money into the ‘rainy day’ fund, so that it will reach a projected balance of approximately $5.8 billion by the end of the current fiscal year.
Notably, the budget will also provide substantial investments in the Commonwealth’s long-term obligations, including funding the Student Opportunity Investment Act, reducing the Commonwealth’s pension liability, and providing financial supports for Massachusetts residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The budget makes key investments in areas that needed more resources due to the pandemic including behavioral health services, supports for pre-k students, higher education, and workforce training.
In the area of behavioral health, the FY22 budget includes $175.6 million for treatment programs offered through the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services; $12.5 million to support student tele-behavioral health pilot programs, and loan forgiveness for mental health clinicians, among other services; and $10 million for Programs of Assertive Community Treatment grants. For families with young children, the budget includes $820 million for the early education sector, including $20 million to increase rates for early education providers, $15 million for Massachusetts Head Start programs, and $10 million for the Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative to expand public preschool. For higher education, in addition to more than $1.1 billion in funding for community colleges and state universities, the budget will also allocate $130 million in scholarship funding and $10.5 million for the Commonwealth’s community colleges SUCCESS Fund. The budget also includes a $17 million transfer to the Workforce Competitiveness Trust fund, $15.4 million for Career Technical Institutes, and $9.5 million for one-stop career centers to support economic recovery.
Apart from programs and initiatives that will benefit residents throughout the Commonwealth, the budget approved Friday will also allocate money for specific programs and initiatives in each Massachusetts community.
“I am grateful for the shared efforts of my colleagues throughout the district during the budget process” said Keenan. “Working together with Senator Walter Timility and Representatives Bruce Ayers, Tackey Chan, Mark Cusack, David DeCoste, Alyson Sullivan and Speaker Ron Mariano, we responded to local needs and priorities in many areas of the budget.”
“Overall, nearly $120 million in local aid will flow to the communities in my district,” noted Keenan. “These funds will support vital efforts in public safety, schools, libraries, senior centers, public works, and veterans’ services thereby improving the quality-of-life in our local communities.”
Some of the budget highlights specific to the Norfolk & Plymouth State Senate District include:
- $10,858,340 in Chapter 70 school funding.
- $2,162,005 in unrestricted general government aid.
- $25,000 for the Affordable Housing Trust to hire a consultant to facilitate the creation of affordable and senior housing
- $100,000 for traffic and sidewalk improvements.
- $18,459,141 in Chapter 70 school funding.
- $6,289,045 in unrestricted general government aid.
- $150,000 for the Braintree Community Partnership on Substance Abuse.
- $200,000 for One Life at a Time, located in Braintree, for access to sober living programs and job training services for people in recovery.
- $100,000 for general public safety improvements.
- $100,000 for general parking and traffic improvements.
- $8,776,288 in Chapter 70 school funding.
- $1,621,641 in unrestricted general government aid.
- $100,000 for a community action grant.
- $100,000 for general traffic and sidewalk improvements.
- $50,000 for general public safety improvements.
- $31,872,332 in Chapter 70 school funding.
- $20,986,060 in unrestricted general government aid.
- $110,000 for improvements, preparedness and operations for ferry service.
- $50,000 to fund a collaboration with Friends of Faxon Park for improvements to Faxon Park.
- $100,000 for Quincy Asian Resources .
- $50,000 for the Germantown Neighborhood Center.
- $25,000 for the Ward 2 Civic Association in Quincy.
- $60,000 for the partial installation of a fire suppression system and associated electrical and plumbing upgrades at United First Parish Church, a national historic landmark that is the final resting place of two U.S. Presidents and first ladies.
- $100,000 for Quincy College for student supports.
- $95,000 for designated seasonal state police patrols for Wollaston Beach, Quincy Shore Drive and Furnace Brook Parkway
- $96,000 for the fire department’s hazmat unit and for breathing, safety and firefighter locator equipment.
- Quincy College will be eligible to receive support from the Offshore Wind Energy Career Training Trust Fund.
- $900,000 will go to metropolitan Boston beaches, including Wollaston Beach, to ensure that they are fully maintained and seasonally staffed as recommended by the Metropolitan Beaches Commission in coordination with the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
- $100,000 for the Gavin Foundation, which operates a rehabilitation facility in Quincy, to provide a total immersion program in conjunction with the probation departments of area district courts.
- $250,000 for the Manet Community Health Center, based in Quincy, for advancing a post-pandemic response program that would include a new Sunday service to enhance accessibility to critically needed services and modify spaces for telehealth services.
- $14,800,061 in Chapter 70 school funding.
- $2,905,432 in unrestricted general government aid.
- $50,000 for manhole and catch basin structure replacements.
- $25,000 for an English language learners public school program.
- $100,000 for the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Plymouth County to maintain and upgrade emergency communications systems; provide for mass casualty and major operations incident planning and training; and enhance mutual aid operations.
- $250,000 for the Blue Hills Trailside Museum.
- The Community Behavioral Health Promotion and Prevention Trust Fund will receive $200,000.
- The Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program will receive nearly $130million.
- The Residential Assistance for Families in Transition program will receive $22 million, including a $4,725,768 earmark for the Housing Preservation and Stabilization Trust Fund.
- The Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program will receive $3.8 million for services including educational programming for school staff; consultation services; and resource development to assist school districts and private schools in addressing student mental health needs.
- Establishment of a new Commission to Examine Methamphetamine Use.
- $50,000 for an intern pipeline program in the Senate, which shall seek to promote inclusive and diverse participation and exposure to long-term employment opportunities in the public service sector for first generation students and traditionally underserved student populations.
- $250,400 for the Commission on the Status of Citizens of Asian and Pacific Islander Descent.
- $13 million investment in programs to establish and grow technical training courses in vocational-technical institutions and public higher education schools.
- $1.4 million in financial aid for students in the custody of the Department of Children and Families graduating from institutions of higher education.
- $4.7 million to fund STEM Starter Academy programs to support students seeking careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The budget has been sent to the Governor, who has the authority to sign or veto it as presented, offer suggested amendments, or veto individual line items. The Legislature can override any vetoes by the Governor with 2/3 votes the Senate and the House of Representatives. Fiscal Year 2022 began on July 1, 2021.