BOSTON (5/28/2021) – Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) joined her colleagues in the Massachusetts State Senate in unanimously passing a $47.7 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22), after adding $63.7 million in targeted investments over the course of three days of robust deliberations. Approved with unanimous bipartisan support, the budget maintains fiscal responsibility and recommends targeted investments to address emerging needs, safeguard the health and wellness of the most vulnerable populations and ensure residents will benefit equitably as the state recovers from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Reflecting on the ongoing lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fiscal Year 2022 Senate Budget funds important public health initiatives, begins to address the critical lack of children and adolescent mental health services, continues our substantial investment in public schools, and provides support for our cities and towns, including their local boards of health,” said Senator Friedman, Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “After a robust debate, we passed a Senate budget that we should be proud of – a budget that invests in our state’s future and benefits residents across the Commonwealth, especially the most vulnerable amongst us. This is in large part due to the leadership of Senate President Spilka and the diligent work of Senate Ways and Means Chair Rodrigues in thoughtfully preparing this comprehensive budget.”