BOSTON — New Bedford will see “significant” increases to the state budget for fiscal year 2023, including unrestricted aid and school funding, according to State Sen. Mark Montigny, D-New Bedford.
Montigny announced that the state budget for fiscal year 2023 includes a 5.4% increase in unrestricted aid to the city, for a total of $26,647,658. The final budget also provides $199,086,038 in Chapter 70 school funding for New Bedford, an increase of 14.6% over fiscal year 2022.
“This historic public funding is essential for the future of our children,” Montigny said in a press release. “It is also an important tool to control unsustainable property tax levels that homeowners need and deserve relief from as our lives and our economy continue to recover from the pandemic and inflation in Classes.”
Fostering opportunities for young people, Montigny also secured $500,000 for its Children’s Equality and Empowerment Fund to provide grants to local nonprofit organizations that provide access to the arts, culture , recreation, wellness and safety resources for underserved youth. The program, first established in 2017, injected $2.15 million into New Bedford. It provided emergency resources to more than 5,000 young people and their families during the 2020 coronavirus state of emergency, when schools and after-school programs were forced to close and many children had no no access to basic technology, school supplies and nutrition.
Montigny also got $500,000 to continue programs giving police officers access to mental health and suicide prevention resources. The statewide program aims to honor all law enforcement officers and their loved ones who have experienced trauma and mental health issues, including officers seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. . The rescue program began as a pilot project in 2018 created by Montigny with the help of New Bedford Police Officer Hank Turgeon and the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council following the tragic death of the New Bedford native, Sergeant Sean Gannon of the Yarmouth Police Department.
“We must do more to ensure the well-being of dedicated police officers who perform their service with integrity and dedication,” Montigny said. “No law enforcement officer should ever suffer in silence after witnessing a traumatic incident. This program will increase resources for those in need while honoring the legacy of those we have lost.
In addition to police welfare, Montigny has also partnered with the Baker administration to create new public funding that will provide law enforcement with additional resources to combat human trafficking. The $500,000 grant program will be administered by the Executive Office of Public Safety to district attorneys who partner with local police and social service providers.
Montigny also pursued several public health initiatives to protect nursing home residents and to improve the statewide stroke care system, according to the release.
Under the de Montigny Amendment, nursing homes will be required to reserve a resident’s bed during medical or non-medical leave and report any such activity to Medicaid to ensure residents’ rights are protected. The stay-in-bed policy is an essential protection for nursing home residents who must leave the nursing home for a hospital stay. The goal of the program is to protect nursing home residents, especially those with dementia, from the confusion and trauma that could result if they were forced to move to a new room and bed after a short absence. .
In addition to nursing home accountability, Montigny also secured $1 million for the STOP Stroke public awareness campaign he created with patients and survivors in the early 2000s to help residents identify and react quickly to the first signs of a stroke.
Other local programs supported by the senator include the Immigrant Assistance Center, the Dennison Memorial Community Center, the Southcoast Youth Court Program, and tenant legal assistance through the Southcoast Community Outreach Clinics. UMass Law School.
Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the fiscal year 23 budget at a signing ceremony held Thursday.