Representative Haggerty pleased to secure Direct State Funding in FY25 Budget

BOSTONRepresentative Richard M. Haggerty (D-Woburn) joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in passing the Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) budget. Funded at $58 billion, $62 million below Governor Maura Healey’s budget proposal, the House’s FY25 budget responds to the needs of residents, provides strong support for the Commonwealth’s cities and towns, and among many critical investments, includes significant funding for education, transportation, health care, housing, and workforce development.

Representative Haggerty was happy to secure $175,000 in direct state funding for the City of Woburn. Haggerty filed several amendments on the City’s behalf during this year’s budget debate, with the House approving a $75,000 earmark for City of Woburn Senior Center for new van and capital needs and $100,000 to the James L. McKeown Boys and Girls Club of Woburn also for new van and capital improvements.

“This fiscally responsible budget addresses the most pressing needs facing our communities. From boosting funding for our public schools and increasing funding for seniors, to expanding affordable housing, early childcare, and workforce training, these investments will pay dividends for years to come in improving the lives of Massachusetts residents,” said Representative Haggerty. “I am very pleased our community will directly benefit from the funding for improvements and investments to our Woburn Senior Center, the James L. McKeown Boys and Girls Club of Woburn, and the allocation of money for free school meals for our students. Furthermore, the local aid resources will help our communities support public safety initiatives and our general municipal operations.”

“The $100,000 in state funding secured by Representative Haggerty will help us purchase a new van and make needed capital improvements,” said Julie Gage, Executive Director of the James L. McKeown Boys and Girls Club of Woburn. “This investment will directly benefit the youth in our community by ensuring we can provide safe transportation to off-site enrichment experiences. And we will be able to continue to make improvements that ensure a safe, accessible, and welcoming environment for the children and teenagers we serve. We are thankful for Representative Haggerty’s support of our Club and the youth of Woburn.”

The FY25 House budget funds Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA) for the City of Woburn at over $7.2 million and Chapter 70 education funding at over $14.7 million. The education funding delivered by the Commonwealth to the City of Woburn represents a 7.8% increase in the FY25 budget.

General highlights from the House FY2025 budget include:

  • $1.3 billion for education and transportation initiatives from the Fair Share Amendment revenue
  • $6.86 billion in Chapter 70 education funding
  • $1.28 billion funds for Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA)
  • Over $1.4 billion for Early Education and Care
  • Over $800 million for Affordable housing and Homelessness prevention programs
  • $579.9 million in Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • $555 million for the MBTA and $184 million for regional transit authorities
  • $290 million for the Workforce Development
  • Over $1.9 billion in Higher Education
  • $2.18 billion for Public Health and Mental Health
  • Over $21 billion for Health and Human Services
  • Over $160 million for Criminal Justice reform

The House’s action represents preliminary approval of the funding, as these earmarks must still be agreed to by the Senate and signed by Governor Maura Healey before the money can be released to the city.