From the Office of State Representative Aaron Michlewitz …
The Massachusetts House of Representatives recently passed its fiscal 2020 year budget, which invests in programs and services across the Commonwealth. Funded at $42.7 billion, the House budget makes major investments in education, housing, substance use disorder services, health care, and other areas while projecting a more than $200 million deposit into the Stabilization Fund – bringing the fund’s balance to more than $2.5 billion to safeguard the future of vital programs and services.
This was the first budget to be introduced by Chair of Ways and Means Aaron Michlewitz. As a part of it, Michlewitz was able to successfully allocate funding for the following local programs in the North End:
- The Nazzaro Center was rewarded $50,000 for upgrades to the senior’s room and weight room.
- North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) was awarded $200,000 for its Capital Building Campaign.
- North End Athletic Association (NEAA) was awarded $25,000 for equipment upgrades and operations.
“Programs such as these are crucial to life in a downtown neighborhood. My hope is that this funding will positively effect that lives of all North End residents, from children who participate in the NEAA and NEMPAC to seniors who use the Nazzaro Center facility on a weekly basis”, said Representative Michlewitz.
Now that the Senate has produced their FY2020 budget; the House and Senate will conference in June where Rep. Michlewitz will work to make sure this funding is the in the final budget that is sent to Governor Baker’s desk to sign.