The Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate on July 22 approved a $43.1B fiscal year 2020 budget for the state, and it’s now up to Gov. Baker to approve it or veto parts of it.
If approved as is, Wellesley would get about $9.3M in public education aid under Chapter 70 funding, up from a little under $9M in FY19. Wellesley would get another $1.4M in general aid.
State Representative Alice Hanlon Peisch (D-Wellesley) and Senator Cindy Creem (D-Newton) were among those supporting local amendments, including and $100,000 for signalization at the intersection of Bacon Street and Route
135 (a driver crashed into Mr. Swellesley there once).
According to a press release issued by the local legislators, Sen. Creem proposed a $500,000 statewide security grant program for religious institutions and non-profits that may be seen as targets of violence, and an increase in state matching funds for Community Preservation communities, including Wellesley, to create more affordable housing, preserve historic structures, protect open space and improve recreation areas. Rep. Peisch advocated for a $1.2 million increase in state aid for regional libraries.