to preserve $9M in Local Aid
BOSTON – Last week State Representative Collins joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in approving a $115 million supplemental budget that stops the Governor from taking local aid away from programs that benefit the people of Boston, thus preserving $9 million in much funds geared toward programs to pay for more police, improved underfunded schools and assist in public works efforts.
“I commend my colleagues in the House for voting to preserve these funds that have proven essential in this economic downturn,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. “Aware of the widespread concern amongst constituents and state officials alike, we will once again look to maintain local aid as a top priority as the FY ’14 budget-balancing process begins.”
“All of Boston’s neighborhoods need these funds to put more police on our streets, improve our underfunded schools, and help assist our public works efforts, particularly after a blizzard like we experienced last week, ” said Collins, who was assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee this January. “I look forward to continuing to work together with my colleagues in the House and Senate to move forward the process we made in the last legislative session to help offset the pain of the economic downturn,” continued Collins.
“I am committed to fighting for all of our working families up at the State House every day to deliver results and resources back to our district,” stated Collins.