State Representative Will Crocker, R-Centerville, joined with his colleagues in the House of Representatives this week to approve a $41 billion state budget for Fiscal Year 2019.
Representative Crocker supports passage of $41 billion House budget for Fiscal Year 2019
BOSTON – State Representative Will Crocker, R-Centerville, joined with his colleagues in the House of Representatives this week to approve a $41 billion state budget for Fiscal Year 2019.
The budget, which was engrossed on a vote of 150-4 on April 26, calls for significant funding increases for local aid, the elderly, and substance abuse services. It also includes funding for several important local initiatives secured by Representative Crocker for Barnstable and Yarmouth, including Chapter 70 Funding for the schools and Unrestricted Aid.
Representative Crocker noted that the House budget plan will provide Barnstable with $10.4 million in Chapter 70 education aid and $2.1 million in unrestricted state aid in Fiscal Year 2019. The Dennis/ Yarmouth Regional School District will receive $7.1 million in educational aid, Cape Cod Tech will receive $2.1 million in educational aid, and Yarmouth will receive $1.3 million in Unrestricted Aid.
Local Councils on Aging are funded at $16.5 million under the House spending plan, an increase of $2.9 million, while the formula grant rate is set at $12 per elder, up from $9.70 this year.
The House budget also takes steps to address the state’s opioid epidemic by providing additional funding to assist individuals who are struggling with addiction. The Bureau of Substance Abuse Services is provided with an additional $4.6 million in the House budget, for a total appropriation of $137.2 million. This includes $3.5 million for the opening of five new recovery centers. Opiate addiction has been a focus of Representative Crocker’s since he was sworn in.
The budget now moves to the Senate, which is expected to release its own spending proposal on May 10.