House Passes Supplemental Budget; Assists Local Towns Impacted By Recent Floods and Storms
(BOSTON) – State Representatives Christopher M. Markey (D-Dartmouth) last week joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in passing a Supplemental Budget that, in addition to addressing statewide priorities, allocated almost $2.8 million in funding to relieve local cities and towns affected by the 2010 floods. The budget also reinvests $350 million in the Stabilization Fund, devotes more than $28 million for those most in need and provides $23 million in order to keep local courts open.
“Reinvesting in our stabilization fund will help keep our state on a strong financial footing,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop) said. “This supplemental budget targets funds at job creation and local priorities, those most in need and those whose lives have been disrupted by storms.”
Providing almost $2.8 million in relief to municipalities adversely impacted by severe flooding in 2010 was a key issue for Markey, whose district includes the hard-hit towns of Freetown and Lakeville. “Our cities and towns are doing their best to remain ‘in the black’ all year long and then, out of nowhere, events like these floods send them right back to square one. The State has the responsibility to provide assistance to municipalities in these circumstances, and the House of Representatives has taken the admirable step of getting the ball rolling so our cities and towns can breathe again,” said Markey.
The Supplemental Budget now moves to the Senate for debate, and Representative Markey is optimistic that it will be quickly approved. Markey added, “I think we want to make sure that we do right by our cities and towns, and give them the opportunity to function properly.”