My Priorities in the State Budget is YOU!

By: State Rep. Francisco Paulino

As a state representative, I am proud to announce that we have secured significant funding for both Lawrence and Methuen in this year’s budget.

Lawrence Chapter 70 will receive $266,144,831, an increase of $25,438,040 from FY23, while Methuen will receive $64,681,414, an increase of $8,080,389.

Chapter 70 is the state law that governs education funding. These funds are crucial for supporting our schools and ensuring that our students have access to the resources they need to succeed.

In addition to these investments in education, this year’s budget also includes measures to bolster our communities through Unrestricted General Government Aid. Lawrence will receive $23,108,539, an increase of $363,914, while Methuen will receive $6,424,335 in unrestricted aid.

This funding will help our cities address important needs and continue to thrive.

But our work doesn’t stop there. We also secured the CISM Grant of $95,210 for Lawrence and Methuen’s first responders, providing them with important mental health resources to support their critical work.

Furthermore, we are proud to have secured $4.75 million in funding for re-entry workforce development. This funding will improve workforce re-entry opportunities for individuals after incarceration, helping them gain valuable skills and find stable, well-paying jobs. And we have secured an additional $5 million for registered apprenticeship expansion, creating even more opportunities for individuals to learn and succeed.

But while we celebrate these victories, we must also remain vigilant in protecting the health and well-being of our constituents. That’s why we included language in the bill to protect coverage for preventive care, particularly in light of the recent ruling in Kelley vs. Becerra. This decision puts the health and well-being of millions of Americans at risk, and we must act swiftly to safeguard our communities.

I am proud to continue working towards improving the quality of life for every resident of Lawrence and Methuen. These first 100 days have been productive, but there is much more to be done. Together, we can address the challenges facing our communities and build a brighter future for all . ◊