“I am extremely proud of the final budget the Senate has just put forward,” said Senator James T. Welch (D- West Springfield). “The body came together, working across party lines, to work out a budget that provides unprecedented level of funding for public education, targeted investments into communities around the state, a full backing of our state’s Regional Transit Authorities, and much more. I’m confident that the budget we have just passed will successfully strengthen the Commonwealth and support critical, local priorities as we move to the next steps in the budget process.”


Throughout the 3-day budget debate, Senator Welch successfully argued for the adoption of the following amendments:

  • $175,000 for recreation programs in the town of West Springfield
  • $50,000 for the Springfield Day Nursery Corporation.
  • $50,000 for the operation of the Springfield Housing Authority Talk/Read/Succeed! Program.
  • $25,000 for Stone Soul, Inc. in the city of Springfield for the Stone Soul Community Festival
  • $50,000 for Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.
  • $25,000 for the restoration of the Stearns Square mosaic in downtown Springfield.
  • $25,000 for the FIT Body and Soul diabetes prevention program.
  • $25,000 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Services, Inc.’s comprehensive youth development and violence prevention services.
  • $10,000 for the Central City Boxing and Barbell, Inc.’s youth development program.
  • $50,000 for the New North Citizens Council to continue its C3 and E3 police management in low-income and downtown neighborhoods.
  • $40,000 for the Springfield Police Department to be used on a new officer-training program that emphasizes peer intervention called EPIC.
  • $750,000 for ARC transportation services for 125 families throughout the state.
  • $250,000 for the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance to offer its SAFEPLAN service in more Western Mass Courts for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
  • $100,000 for the Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund for low-cost vaccinations and spay/neuter programs for companion animals across the state.
  • Language that directs the trial court to submit a report to the legislature and the administration summarizing, by county, all expenditures for the study, design, renovation or  reconstruction of court facilities between fiscal year 1999 and fiscal year 2019.


Now that the Senate has finalized its budget, the Senate and the House of Representatives will convene a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the two body’s proposals.