Milton, MA – The final FY15 budget passed recently by the Massachusetts Legislature includes several amendments affecting the town that include reimbursement for health care costs, maintenance of the Trailside Museum and for a geriatric program at a local hospital.
The amendments, sponsored by Sen. Brian Joyce, were included in the final version of the bill that is now headed to Gov. Deval Patrick.
The amendments seek:
• $300,000 as partial reimbursement for the extraordinary health care costs related to fully supporting injured Milton firefighter Antonio Pickens;
• $500,000 for maintenance and use of the Trailside Museum and Chickatawbut Hill Education Center, and;
• $250,000 for the geriatric program out of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton.
The budget also seeks to boost school funding by $100 million, reduces the waitlist for early education services, increases funding for substance abuse treatment, and seeks to reduce caseloads at the Department of Children and Families. It also bumps funding to towns and municipalities which is put toward public safety and infrastructure improvement.
“The final FY15 budget upholds the state’s commitment to protect and support vulnerable populations without overreaching on our financial obligations,” said Joyce. “It supports our continued efforts by making targeted financial investments to ensure our continued economic recovery.”