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Braintree anticipating modest increase in state funding for coming budget

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  May 6, 2013 05:10 PM

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Braintree is expecting modest increases in funding from a preliminary state budget recently approved by the House of Representatives, a local lawmaker says.

The budget will need to be approved by the State Senate and signed by the Governor before it becomes law.

According to a release from Representative Mark Cusack’s office, $13 million was approved for Chapter 70 funding for Braintree schools. An additional $4.9 million in general aid was approved for Braintree for the fiscal year 2014 budget.

“I am happy that we are committing even more money to Chapter 70 education funding and unrestricted local aid,” Cusack said in the release. “This will go a long way in helping us get more teachers and resources into our classrooms.”

The amounts represent a $135,000 increase Chapter 70 funding. General aid will increase approximately $114,000.

According to Peter Morin, Braintree’s chief of operations and staff, the amount represents a modest increase from fiscal year 2013.

“Any increase is appreciated,” Morin said. “[But] it’s not at the level it’s been in previous years.”

Morin said the amount is modest because the town received a supplemental appropriation in the fall to further bolster the local aid amount from the state in FY13.

“Hopefully if revenue numbers are good for the state, hopefully we can see further adjustment [in FY14],” Morin said.

Though Braintree is only just beginning their budget discussions for fiscal year 2014, town officials had anticipated the number recently approved in the House after seeing them in the House Ways and Means budget.


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