Monday, September 10, 2018

Senator Richard Ross: Summer at the State House

Senator Richard J. Ross, State House Update, Summer Update 2018
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State Senator Richard J. Ross (R-Wrentham)
proudly serving the Norfolk, Bristol and
Middlesex District.

State House
Room 419
Boston, MA 02133

Ph: 617-722-1555
Fax: 617-722-1054

Dear Friends,

This has been a busy summer here at the State House. Upon closing out our formal session, we finalized the FY19 budget and passed important legislation regarding veterans, the opioid crisis, energy, criminal justice, and many others. However, there is still more work to be done as we enter the fall. 

 I suggest you review my FY19 Budget Round-Up, which includes information on funding for improvements across my district to help our towns and lessen the burden on you, the taxpayers. Within this e-newsletter, you will also find important information pertaining to proper identifications and other important pieces of legislation. 

As always, please feel free to reach out to my office directly at (617) 722-1555 or email


FY19 Budget Round-Up
I am pleased that the budget signed by Governor Baker includes funding for many important programs and projects throughout my district. This funding will go a long way in improving the quality of education at our schools, providing transportation to our citizens, especially seniors, improving streets and dams, and fighting the opioid epidemic. There is more I wish we had done, as far as cost saving measures and letting taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned dollars, but our work continues.

FY19 Earmarks
1. Attleboro Fire Safety – Provides $50,000 for a fire safety grant in Attleboro
2. Franklin Veterans War Memorial - Provides $50,000 for Franklin to construct a veterans memorial parkway on the town common
3.Franklin – King Street Park Improvements - Provides $200,000 for improvements to the King Street Memorial Park
4. Franklin downtown Partnership - Provides $25,000 for the Franklin Downtown Partnership
5. New England Center for Children PArtner Program - $100,000 for Parmenter Elementary School in Franklin to help children on the autism spectrum.
6. Millis Senior Transportation - Provides $50,000 for Millis to purchase a new senior van
7. Millis High School Auditorium - Provides $60,000 for Millis to renovate the High School auditorium
8. Natick Veterans Oral History Project - Provides $30,000 to the Veterans Oral History Project at Morse Library in Natick
9. Natick Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities - Provides $75,000 to Natick to support Camp Arrowhead which provides recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities statewide
10. Natick Opioid Task Force - Provides $60,000 for the Opioid Task Force in Natick
11. Natick Service Council for Veterans -Provides $25,000 for the Natick Service Council for Veterans substance abuse prevention efforts
12. Needham handicap Accessible Transport Van for Seniors - Provides $90,000 for Needham to purchase a handicap van for senior transportation
13. Needham Pedestrian Safety Improvements - Provides $200,000 for Needham to make certain public safety improvements
14. Needham Cutler Park Improvements - Provides $100,000 for maintenance and improvements to Cutler Park in Needham
15. Norfolk City Mills Dam Improvements - Provides $50,000 for Norfolk for improvements to the portion of Main Street traversing the City Mills Dam
16. North Attleboro Child Safety Grant - Provides $50,000 for the WWII Veteran Memorial Pool in North Attleboro
17. Wellesley Pedestrian Crossing Study - Provides $30,000 for Wayland to conduct a feasibility study on improving the crossing at Route 9/Worcester Street in Wellesley
18. Wellesley Protective Gear - Provides $24,000 for Wellesley to purchase personal protective gear and medical supplies for law enforcement
19. Wrentham Developmental Center Mitigations - Provides $100,000 to cities and towns hosting developmental centers or state schools
20. Tri-County Voc-Tech High School Handicap Activity Van for Disabled Students - Provides $50,000 for Tri-County to purchase a new handicap activity van
21. King Phillip Regional School Safety - Provides $100,000 to the towns of King Philip (through Wrentham) for school safety improvements
Franklin Matters: The newsletter was shortened for publication here, to review the full set of contents follow this link ->

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