State Sen. Cindy FriedmanState Sen. Cindy Friedman of Arlington

The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously approved a $57.999 billion budget for fiscal 2025. As of May 23, it adopted more than 400 amendments and took 43 roll call votes, adding $89.6 million in spending for statewide initiatives and local priorities for communities around the commonwealth.

The next step is going to a conference committee to reconcile differences between the versions of the budget passed by the Senate and House of Representatives, according to a news release from Stephen Acosta, spokesman for state Sen. Cindy Friedman, D-Arlington, 4th Middlesex, who represents Arlington, Billerica, Burlington, Lexington and Woburn. 

That statement says, in part, "The [proposed] budget builds on the Senate’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while delivering historic levels of investment in every level of education, regional equity and mental health, reflecting the chamber’s commitment to creating a more affordable, equitable and competitive commonwealth."    

What this indicates for Arlington, its nearby communities and Middlesex County is as follows:

4th Middlesex Chapter 70 education funding — $92,906,263  (4.41 percent increase over FY24):

Arlington - $19,365,719 

Billerica - $20,611,684 

Burlington - $9,975,106 

Lexington - $18,362,741 

Woburn - $14,729,389 

Minuteman High School - $3,050,703 

Shawsheen Valley Technical - $6,810,921 

4th Middlesex UGGA breakdown — $28,995,119 (3 percent increase over FY24):

Arlington - $9,341,579 

Billerica - $7,170,082 

Burlington - $3,224,636 

Lexington - $1,887,088 

Woburn - $7,371,734 

4th Middlesex Local Project Funding — $2 million

$1.5 million for the continuation of the Middlesex County Restoration Center pilot program

$137,500 for Arlington Youth Counseling Center, Inc. for youth mental health support in Arlington

$120,000 for English at Large Inc. for English language tutoring and small group instruction in Woburn 

$105,000 for Social Capital Inc. in Woburn for youth leadership and civic engaging programming, migrant support and health equity work in Woburn 

$100,000 for Food Link Inc.,s based in Arlington, to address food insecurity in Woburn and the towns of Arlington, Billerica, Burlington and Lexington

$37,500 to LexSeeHer, Inc. for the construction, installation and community education of the Lexington Women's Monument in Lexington 

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This news announcement was published Friday, May 31, 2024, based on information in a news release from Stephen Acosta, district director for Friedman.