In 2020 state budget, Rep. Paul Tucker lands $225K in local funding

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Rep. Paul Tucker’s says the fiscal year 2020 $43.1 billion state budget awaits Gov. Charlie Baker’s signature.

State Rep. Paul Tucker secured $225,000 in local amendments in the fiscal year 2020 state budget, he announced on Tuesday.

The Salem Democrat and his colleagues also landed $2 million to establish the “Emerging Adults Justice Grant Program.”

The entire $2.2 million in amendments with Tucker’s name on them arrived when lawmakers sent Gov. Charlie Baker a $43.1 billion budget on Monday, 22 days after the new fiscal year got underway on July 1.

Tucker said the budget’s current iteration sitting on the governor’s desk, awaiting his signature, would inject “major” investments into education, housing, substance-use disorder services, health care, and other areas. It projects, he added, a more than $476 million deposit into the state’s stabilization fund — bringing the fund’s balance to more than $3 billion to safeguard the future of vital programs and services.

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