BOSTON, MA – On October 24, Senator Cindy Friedman joined her Senate colleagues in passing a $779.8 million closeout supplemental budget for Fiscal Year 2019 today, after adding $8.9 million during floor debate. It also includes a transfer of $356 million to the state’s stabilization fund, thereby continuing to build the Commonwealth’s Rainy Day Fund and placing the state on firmer financial footing. At approximately $3.2 billion, the fund would reach its highest level to date.
“This supplemental budget makes necessary investments in education, infrastructure, and strategies to address the negative effects of climate change in our communities,” said Senator Friedman, Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “I want to thank Senate President Spilka and Chairman Rodrigues for a thoughtful, collaborative process that produced a fiscally responsible budget that honors our commitments to the residents of the Commonwealth.”