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Representative Dykema Secures Spending for Local Projects, Education, Watershed Management in State Budget

by Press Release
May 5, 2017

Representative Dykema Secures Spending for Local Projects, Education, Watershed Management in State Budget

BOSTON – State Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) joined her colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to pass its FY18 budget, which highlighted the legislature’s priorities of local aid and public education, as well as covering health care costs and other social services. The total $40.3 billion budget reflected an understanding of the fiscal constraints the Commonwealth faces, while maintaining funding for critical programs.

The House budget provided increased spending on crucial education programs, with a $106 million increase over FY17 in the per-pupil spending that the Commonwealth provides local school districts under the Chapter 70 education law, as well as a $7.5 million in the early education rate reserve, opening the door for early educators to receive more competitive salaries. In addition, the Safe and Supportive Schools program received increased funding of $500,000 to expand trauma sensitive learning, and programs like Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment, which supports the transition of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities from high school to college, received funding increases.

Representative Dykema sponsored an amendment to secure $100,000 in funding for the construction of a public safety complex in Southborough. The planned complex, which will house the fire department and the police department on land formerly owned by Saint Mark’s School, was approved in a town meeting on March 8.

Rep. Dykema also secured an increase in funding for Youth at Risk program grants for the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs through the Department of Public Health. These programs, which were initially funded in the House at $1.1 million and were increased to $1.3 million through Rep. Dykema’s amendment, serve over 100,000 low-income and at-risk youth across the Commonwealth and are matched through private funding at a rate of 11:1. The Commonwealth’s investment is expected to yield over $14 million for summer learning, mentoring, and other programs administered by YMCAs across the Commonwealth.

Additionally, Rep. Dykema advocated for increased funding for the Watershed Management program in the Department of Conservation and Recreation, which provides scientific data, policy guidance, technical assistance and resource management to protect and maintain Massachusetts’s water supply and has seen steep budget cuts in recent years. Rep. Dykema’s amendment increased the program’s funding slightly above FY17 levels.

Other programs funded through amendments supported by Rep. Dykema include an allocation for veterans’ substance abuse treatment through Veterans Inc. in Shrewsbury, continued funding for the work of the 495 Partnership’s Suburban Edge Communities Commission, the restoration of FY17-level funding for Meals on Wheels, a nearly 20 percent increase in funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Councils, and increases in funding for family planning and clinical health services.

The final version of the House budget can be found online at https://malegislature.gov/Budget/FY2018/HouseBudget. The proposed budget will now travel to the Senate for their version, which will be merged with the House version for the governor’s signature early in the summer.

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Representative Carolyn Dykema represents the communities of Holliston, Hopkinton, Southborough and Precinct 2 of Westborough in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

 

 

 

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Carolyn your the hardest most informative worker I know.

- Mark Ahronian | 5/5/17 6:48 AM

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