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Rep. Miceli, Legislature Pass FY17 Budget

Jul 11, 2016 07:42AM ● By Theresa Gilman

State Rep. Jim Miceli, D-Wilmington.

(Editor's Note: this content was provided by the Office of Representative James Miceli.)

State Rep. James Miceli, D-Wilmington, joined by his colleagues in the Legislature, voted Wednesday to pass the Fiscal Year 2017 budget conference committee report for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a critical step in finalizing the proposed spending for the state. The legislative budgeting process culminated after several months of lengthy hearings, meetings, and drafts which resulted in a budget totaling $39.145 billion, up from 38.5 billion the year before. Taking into account the unforeseen revenue shortfall of the past year the budget was examined extremely closely, with many Representatives protecting valuable dollars for their communities. 

“I am pleased with the results of this budget, both with respect to our communities of Wilmington and Tewksbury, as well as the Commonwealth as a whole.” said Miceli upon its passing. “We worked hard to ensure that the budget was balanced and responsible, but still avoids cutting support for important local programs, such as the special needs summer program in Tewksbury known as Camp Pohelo. Also included in this year’s budget is some language that directly assists Tewksbury State Hospital, allowing it to continue its excellent service to our community by legally protecting the number of patient beds available, and ensuring there are no reductions from the previous years.  I am also proud to share that this year’s budget includes start-up assistance to the Tewksbury-based Into Action Recovery program, which means the money will be directly used to assist individuals win the battle against opiate addiction.
"These programs are critical to the well-being of our respective towns, as well as the state, and I am pleased to have been able to obtain financial support in this budget to ensure their continued success. I’d would like to thank my colleagues, Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means Bryan Dempsey, and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo for their assistance as well in supporting me on the programs and line items that so greatly benefit our two towns.”

The budget contains a number of items both for Tewksbury and Wilmington, as well as monies for unrestricted local government ad and education funding. Camp Pohelo in Tewksbury is set to receive $20,000 to help continue its operation, and Into Action Recovery will be receiving $200,000 to purchase infrastructure and property to treat patients.
In the education section, Tewksbury is set to receive $13,012,055 in educational assistance, up from $12,818,290 while Wilmington is scheduled to receive a total $10,978,730. Tewksbury’s unrestricted local aid rose to $2,676,112 from $2,565,783, and Wilmington rose to $2,390,882 from $2,390,882.
Also included in the final form of the budget was a line item for the Tewksbury Fire Department, who will be receiving $90,000 to be used for equipment upgrades. This was originally introduced as a line item by State Sen.Barbara  L’Italien and supported by Rep. Miceli in the House of Representatives. 
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