Representative Haggerty, State House Delegation Secure $100,000 for Reading in FY23 Budget

BOSTONHouse Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading), State Representative Richard M. Haggerty (D-Woburn), and State Senator Jason M. Lewis (D-Winchester) have secured $100,000 in funding earmarks for the Town of Reading as part of the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) state budget.

The final budget, which was released from conference committee on July 17 and enacted by the House and the Senate the following day, includes $50,000 to assist the Reading Fire Department with the purchase of a new ladder truck and related equipment. It also contains $25,000 to facilitate repairs of the rock walls at Memorial Park, and another $25,000 to support the Robockets, Reading Memorial High School’s Robotics Team.

“The FY23 state budget addresses several of the town’s priorities with respect to public safety and education,” said Representative Jones. “I am pleased that the collective efforts of the Reading legislative delegation were successful in ensuring that this funding was retained in the final budget.”

“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 part of the Reading delegation in advocating for these resources and to be able to drive more dollars back to our community.”

“I’m excited that this budget will help continue the Commonwealth’s recovery from the pandemic, with substantial investments in education, local aid, affordable housing, healthcare, and many other critical areas,” said Senator Lewis. “I’m especially pleased that our state delegation was able to work closely together to also secure funding for a number of important local Reading priorities.”

The FY23 budget now moves to Governor Charlie Baker’s desk for his review and signature.