“I’m extremely pleased with how the beginning of the budget debate has been going,” said Senator Welch. “There has been robust discussion on the Senate floor. I am especially pleased with the dialogue with my Senate colleagues that spotlights regional equity issues.”


In just the second day of Senate budget debate, Senator Welch successfully added the following important programs to final Senate budget expected later in the week:

·         $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.


The Senate will continue its budget deliberations tomorrow and Senator Welch will continue to fight for programming that highlights district needs.