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Thursday, May 2, 2024

 

 

On Friday, April 26, the stage concerning the House of Representatives budget process FY25 was completed (July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025).

Overall, the budget is $57.9B, a $1.7B increase from FY24.

In an unpredictable economic environment, I am confident that the Commonwealth is steady and moving forward.

The budget now advances to the Senate where it will be deliberated and voted prior to Memorial Day. It will then be reconciled between the two chambers before being sent to the Governor.

In the following days, on my Facebook page, I will highlight major budget areas. As always, my staff and I are available to discuss issues, and concerns and answer questions.

Monday, May 6 Budget Highlight: Fair Share Spending

Tuesday, May 7 Budget Highlight: K-12 Education & Local Aid

Wednesday, May 8 Budget Highlight: Early Education and Care

Thursday, May 9 Budget Highlight: Affordable and Accessible Housing

Friday, May 10 Budget Highlight: Disability Funding

Saturday, May 11 Budget Highlight: Mental Health and Public Health

Sunday, May 12 Budget Highlight: Energy and Environment

Monday, May 13 Budget Highlight: Health and Human Services

Tuesday, May 14 Budget Highlight: Disaster Relief

 

 

District Updates

 

 

Last Saturday was the annual Needham Drug Take Back Day. I always look forward to this event! Thank you to the Needham Police Department, the Substance Prevention Alliance of Needham (SPAN), Needham Public Health, and the Students Advocating Life Without Substance Abuse (SALSA) for organizing this very important event!

Needham

  • The Town of Needham Annual Town Meeting will be held on Monday, May 6th at 7:30 PM at Powers Hall. The agenda includes items including the Town budget and various zoning appropriations. For more information including supporting documents, click here.
  • Needham Open Studios is set to be held this weekend on Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th from 11 AM to 4 PM. This free event will feature over forty independent artists displaying their art from photography to jewelry. Galleries will be held at several locations throughout Needham. To learn more, click here.
  • The Needham History Center is hosting a Spring Gala: Spring into Springtime until Saturday, May 11th from 7-10PM. Proceeds from Spring into Springtime will go to educational and community programs hosted by the Needham History Center & Museum. A variety of food trucks, desserts, gift baskets, and raffle opportunities will be available at the event. Local band, The Tear Downs will be performing at the event. For more information, click here.
  • The Needham Community Council will be holding an Antiques & Collectibles Sale from May 2nd to May 4th. The sale will be held at the Needham Community Council Thrift Store (570 Hillside Ave). Proceeds from the sale and the thrift store fund the many programs sponsored by the Needham Community Council. For more information and sale hours, click here.

 

Dover

  • The Town of Dover Annual Town Meeting will be held on Monday, May 6th at 7 PM at Dover Sherborn High School (9 Junction St). This is an opportunity for residents to learn about the purpose behind each warrant and to cast their votes. For more information including supporting documents, click here.
  • On Sunday, May 5th Dover families are invited to a fun day of fishing with Dover Parks and Recreation at Channing Pond. All ages are welcome and encouraged to sign up, bring bait, grab their fishing pole, and try to catch the biggest fish possible! Attendees will be entered for a chance to win fishing supplies such as poles, bait, and tackle boxes. Registration is required for the event. To learn more, click here.
  • The Dover Parks and Recreation’s Spring and Summer Brochure is now available. The brochure includes various spring and summer programs as well as events offered throughout the warmer months. To view the brochure, click here.

Medfield

 

  • The Town of Medfield Annual Town Meeting will be held on Monday, May 6th at 7 PM at the Amos Clark Kingsbury Gymnasium. Important Town issues will be discussed including the Medfield State Hospital and residents are encouraged to attend and cast their votes. For more information including supporting documents, click here.
  • On Saturday, May 4th from 9 AM to 12 PM, the Medfield Lions Club will be at various locations around Town for the “Toll Road” collection. All donations will be given to the Massachusetts Eye Lions Research Fund. For more information, click here.
  • The First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church is hosting its Expresso Yourself Coffeehouse Spring Dance Party on May 4th from 7-9 PM. Enjoy an evening of music, poetry, and folk dancing where everyone is encouraged to join in and try something new. Proceeds from the event will support GreenRoots, an organization promoting environmental justice through education, action, and local youth leadership. To learn more, click here.

 

 

 

Statewide Updates

 

 

  • The People with Disabilities Equity Dashboard is now published on the Mass.gov website. The data dashboard offers a comprehensive view of employment-related insights, encompassing disability type, geographic variations, remote work opportunities, unemployment rates, labor force participation, and more. To view the dashboard, click here.
  • The Executive Department of Labor and Workforce Development has awarded Career Initiative grants to the Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School District and the Minuteman Regional Vocational School District. The Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School District received a grant of $880K and the Minuteman Regional Vocational School District received $1.7M. The schools will use these funds to provide training and placement services to 150 underemployed individuals in select pathways. To learn more about the grants, click here.
  • MassDEP is now accepting applications for paid internship opportunities for the summer/early fall session. The internships are available for programs in MassDEP’s Boston headquarters as well as in all four regional offices. The positions are all important in helping environmental protection across the Commonwealth. To learn more, click here.
  • $900,000 in grants was awarded to organizations that provide job training, employment placement, and post-placement support for 275 young adults with disabilities for employment. The grant awards are aimed at fostering inclusivity and advancing economic opportunities for individuals with disabilities across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. To learn more, click here.
  • Over 100 Massachusetts public schools serving Gateway Cities were awarded grants to help high school seniors complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). These grants, totaling more than $550,000, follow an announcement that the state’s priority deadline to apply for Massachusetts financial aid via MASSGrant has been extended from May 1 to July 1, 2024. The awards today are also intended to support schools amid unique nationwide challenges with this year’s FAFSA. To learn more, click here.
  • The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is accepting applications for lifeguards, swim instructors and other pool and waterfront roles across the state for the 2024 summer season. Qualified candidates, who apply early and work through the end of the season, can earn up to $1,250 in bonuses, in addition to a competitive hourly rate of between $22 and $27, dependent on the position and associated certifications. For more information, click here.
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