Representative Shawn Dooley Secures Funding For Local Projects, Schools In FY20 State Budget

BOSTON – On Monday, State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) joined with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve a state budget of approximately $43.1 billion for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. After a lot of hard work; advocacy; and collaboration with area legislators, Representative Dooley was proudly able to get several important lines of funding included for key projects in his district. The next step in the budget process is for the Governor to sign it.

For Dooley’s district, which encompasses Norfolk; Plainville; and Wrentham as well as parts of

Millis; Medfield; and Walpole, highlights of the FY20 budget include:

  • Over $1,000,000 in prison mitigation funding for the Towns of Norfolk and Walpole

  • $50,000 for the creation of a King Philip Regional Animal Shelter for the Towns of Norfolk, Plainville, and Wrentham

  • $50,000 for stormwater permitting requirements in the Towns of Norfolk, Plainville, and Wrentham

  • $30,000 for IT improvements in Plainville

  • $25,000 for the purchase of extrication tools for the Plainville Fire Department

  • $100,000 for the repair of the Millis/Medfield Dover Road and West Street Bridge

  • $100,000 for the conducting of a building and facilities study in Millis

  • $10,000 for adaptive camp programming for children and adults with special needs in Millis

  • $35,000 for the conducting of a feasibility study for building a new senior center in Millis

  • $15,000 for IT improvements in Millis

  • $70,000 for the design and planning of improvements to the Route 27/West Street intersection in Medfield

  • $30,000 for the Medfield State Hospital technical assistance planning study

  • $50,000 for improvements to the Boyden School fields in Walpole

  • The creation of a commission to study the ownership of Willett Pond in Walpole

“I am ecstatic to have helped fund such large investments in my district” said Dooley. “From day one, my goal has been to make sure that the taxpayers of my district are able to benefit from a state government that is responsive to their needs. These key funding items are certainly a step in that direction.”

Representative Dooley was pleased to work collaboratively with his legislative colleagues in securing much of this key funding. “A budget is a comprehensive statement of our shared values,” said Senator Becca Rausch (D-Needham). “Focusing on our local communities, it was a privilege to collaborate with my legislative colleagues who also represent the municipalities in my district to improve local infrastructure, prevent unhealthy behaviors, advance public safety, promote experiential learning for our students, and improve our open spaces and playgrounds.”

The FY20 budget also focuses heavily on bolstering education funding throughout the state, offering $5.17 billion in Chapter 70 education funding as part of a $268 million increase of investments in our schools over FY19. This represents the biggest increase in Chapter 70 education funding in the last two decades. In addition, the budget includes increased funding for the Special Education Circuit Breaker at $345 million and for Regional School Transportation at $75.8 million.

“Having served as the School Committee Chairman in Norfolk, my commitment to superior public education has remained steadfast. It is truly the backbone of what separates our state from so many others” said Dooley of the funding. “For too long the state has dragged its feet on funding reform, increasingly placing the burden on our towns to maintain our high-quality educational system. While we still have a lot of work to do, I am proud to have helped secure these much-needed increases in funding for all of the much deserving students and teachers in my district and throughout the state.”

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