He said he was able to accomplish all three.
He said state school funding has increased 150 percent in Natick, 121 percent in Sherborn and 190 percent in Millis, because of changes he fought for. In addition, he said he helped create a fund to assist towns in paying special education costs and was a leader in revamping the school building funding process to allow construction and renovation of several schools across the state, including a new Natick High School that opened in September — on time, and $10 million under budget.
Looking forward, Linsky said jobs will continue to be a priority and that an important way the state can assist business is with infrastructure improvements to allow companies to expand and stay in Massachusetts. He pointed to funds he secured for improvements on Route 9 that made a “major expansion” of MathWorks in Natick possible.
Finding a solution to the budget deficit at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will be the biggest issue facing the Legislature in the next session, he said.
The last time the Legislature passed a major transportation funding bill was for the Big Dig, according to Linsky.
“That was done on the backs of the people of MetroWest,” Linsky said. “Why? Because back then the delegation didn’t have the seniority, clout, or expertise to protect this area.”
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