Representative Henriquez sees some success in 2012 budget

Rep. Carlos Henriquez

Press Release
State Representative
Carlos Henriquez

Contacts: Danielson Tavares
Danielson.Tavares@mahouse.gov
T: (617) 722-2060 Fax (617) 722 2849

For Immediate Release

Representative Henriquez sees some success in 2012 budget

April 26th, 2012

With the House of Representatives concluding the 2012 budget process late last night State Representative Carlos Henriquez was able to secure funding for several important programs in his district that were either on the brink of being eliminated or facing a major reduction in funding. “Much of this success is due to the shared work of the Boston delegation and a good working relationship with the ways and means chairman Brian Dempsey. The Speaker and Chairman showed their commitment to communities across the commonwealth throughout the process.”

Representative Henriquez sponsored 8 amendments and co-sponsored 34 more seeking increased funding for programs ranging from youth jobs, domestic violence prevention, homelessness, substance abuse services, METCO and services for seniors. “My budget priorities are based on the needs of my district, the City of Boston and our Commonwealth. The amendments I filed with my colleagues sustain and improve good programs and initiatives while also protecting our most vulnerable of residents through human services.”

Some of the amendments include:

$5.5million dollars for the Shannon Grant (Gang & Violence prevention)
$1.5million dollar increase for the METCO program (Education)
$1.7million increase for summer jobs for at-risk youth (Youth jobs)
$750,000 increase for basic adult education (Education)
$2million dollar increase for substance abuse step down programs (Substance abuse)
$125,000 for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, which assists families impacted by violence by providing support to families of homicide. (Violence prevention)
Level funding for St. Mary’s shelter, which allows the continuation of the Phoenix House a long-term residential family substance abuse treatment facility for women and their children of all ages. (Domestic violence & Substance abuse)

Danielson Tavares
Legislative Aide
Representative Carlos Henriquez
(617) 722-2060
(617) 722-2849 Fax

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