Framingham Delegation Brings Home Funding in House Budget - Press Release
Updated: May 17, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contact: Shannon Alessandroni
Office of Representative Maria Robinson
Massachusetts House Passes Budget
Framingham Delegation Advocates for District Priorities
April 26, 2019 – (FRAMINGHAM) – This week, the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted on a $42.7 billion budget, which included significant funding increases for the City of Framingham. Representatives Maria Robinson (D-Framingham), Jack Lewis (D-Framingham), and Carmine Gentile (D-Sudbury) advocated for district resources that would benefit the Metrowest region.
“This budget continues Massachusetts' commitment to providing for its residents in a fiscally responsible way,” said Representative Gentile. “We thank Speaker DeLeo and Chairman Michlewitz for their leadership and look forward to continuing our work in the service of the people of this Commonwealth.”
The House furthers its commitment to cities and towns by increasing Chapter 70 education funding as part of a $236 million increase for investments in schools over Fiscal Year 2019. From FY19 to FY20, Chapter 70 funding for Framingham Public Schools increased by $2.9 million to a total of $50.3 million in the House budget. The House voted to fully fund the Circuit Breaker Special Education reimbursement at $328 million, ensuring payments at 75%. The House Ways and Means budget increased funding for Framingham State University by $1.15 million and $350,000 for MassBay Community College. Adult Basic Education Services were fully funded at $38.1 million.
In addition to these increases, the House voted in favor of funding for the Framingham Public Library’s Homework Center, a city-wide joint dispatch feasibility study, and water chestnut removal efforts in the Sudbury River, as well as funding for the Metrowest YMCA and the 495/Metrowest Partnership.
House lawmakers added language into their budget from Representative Robinson’s amendment to establish the Chris Walsh Center for Educators and Families of Metrowest (CWCEFM) at Framingham State. The language included in the budget for the CWCEFM will ensure the longevity of the center, honoring Representative Chris Walsh for his unwavering support of K-12 education and his own multi-year efforts toward establishing the Center.
“I'm deeply grateful for our colleagues’ commitment to honoring the memory of my predecessor Chris Walsh by supporting the center for special and gifted education at Framingham State University,” said Representative Robinson. “I am pleased that the House is committed to funding educational resources at all levels: K-12, special education, higher education, and adult education, including Framingham's successful Adult ESL program.”
“It was an honor to join Carmine and Maria in advocating for our community in this year’s House Budget,” said Representative Lewis. “Our Commonwealth’s budget is an embodiment of our values and provides us an opportunity to support one another and to invest in the future.”
The budget will now go to the Senate for deliberations in May.