Massachusetts Legislature Passes $41.88 Billion Budget

“I am proud to announce we have passed the FY19 budget: a budget that not only represents a well worked compromise between the House’s and Senate’s priorities, but also strongly reaffirms our commitment to serve and support our constituents,” said Senator James T. Welch (D- West Springfield).  “From increasing our investment in public education to fully supporting our Regional Transit Authorities, every aspect of this budget was carefully written with the goal of giving all of our communities the tools and funding they need to thrive.”

For local aid, municipalities in the Hampden district were allocated the following funding:

  • Chicopee: $63,834,816 in Chapter 70 funding and $11,906,309 in unrestricted government aid
  • Springfield: $345,447,265 in Chapter 70 funding and $39,142,890 in unrestricted government aid
  • West Springfield: $28,069,021 in Chapter 70 funding and $3,705,722 in unrestricted government aid

Other proposals supported by Senator Welch that were included in the final budget include:

  •        Language that would help ESL parents better communicate with teachers and remove language barriers that may affect a child’s education.
  •       $500,000 to help Western Mass hospitals/community health centers cover the costs of providing services for evacuees from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
  •        $100,000 for the Massachusetts Animal Fund
  •       $30,000 for New North Citizen’s Council and their successful partnership with the C3 police model
  •       $60,000 for Dispute Resolution Services
  •       $50,000 for Square One in Springfield
  •      $50,000 for the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England in  West Springfield
  •       $20,000 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Services
  •       $25,000 for AWAKE violence prevention
  •       $50,000 for Talk Read Succeed
  •       $20,000 for Revitalize CDC
  •       $50,000 for Friends of West Springfield Park and Recreation
  •       $25,000 for FIT Body and Soul
  •       $20,000 for the Springfield Central Cultural District
  •       $75,000 for the Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services
  •       $25,000 for the Stone Soul Community Festival

The budget will now go to Governor Charlie Baker’s desk for his signature.