BOSTON – State Representative Richard M. Haggerty (D-Woburn) and House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) have secured a total of $100,000 in state funding earmarks for the Town of Reading as part of the Fiscal Year 2023 House budget.
Jones and Haggerty jointly co-sponsored three amendments on the town’s behalf, all of which were adopted during the House budget debate that took place from April 25-27. The House action represents preliminary approval of the funding, which also requires Senate support and Governor Charlie Baker’s signature before the money can be released to the town.
The three funding earmarks for Reading that were added to the House budget proposal include:
• $50,000 to assist the Reading Fire Department with the purchase of a new ladder truck and related equipment;
• $25,000 to repair the rock walls at Memorial Park; and
• $25,000 for the Reading Memorial High School Robotics Team, also known as the Robockets
“The House budget provides Reading with critical financial resources to support these important public safety and educational initiatives,” said Jones. “As the process moves forward, Representative Haggerty and I will continue to work together on behalf of the town to see to it that all three earmarks are retained in the final budget when it reaches Governor Baker’s desk.”
“The resources included in the House budget to bolster resources for our fire department, our schools, and other local projects is yet another way we can support local initiatives at the state level,” said Representative Haggerty. “I am so pleased to be able to join Representative Jones in advocating for these resources and to be able to drive more dollars back to our community.”
The FY23 budget now moves to the Senate, which will release and debate its own spending proposal in May.