Thank you for the continued opportunity to work on behalf of Braintree
in the Massachusetts Senate. I began representing Braintree after redistricting
in 2001, and I have been working on your behalf ever since. Over the past
several years I have shared with you my commitment to Braintree taxpayers
and seniors and my strong belief investing in the Braintree public schools.
As you are well aware, this has been an extraordinary and challenging
time to serve in public office. Although there are finally signs that
indicate some economic recovery, the Commonwealths budgetary woes
are such that a prudent level of fiscal discipline is continually required.
Fortunately, I am pleased to report that we have addressed what many local
officials have indicated were their funding priorities. The budget we
recently passed for the Fiscal Year 2005 calls for law enforcement and
crime fighting initiatives including funding for two new State Police
Classes and establishing a counter-terrorism unit within the State Police.
The State Budget this year also includes an expansion of Mass Health.
I am doing everything in my power to minimize the impact on the community
by authoring effective solutions. This year the Senate passed a local
aid resolution to help cities and towns. Included in the resolution is
an $80 million increase in funding for special education. In addition,
the Town of Braintree will receive $2,790,848 in lottery aid and $3,378,041
in additional assistance.
It is my desire and intention to continue working hard for you. Please
call me at home at (617) 696-0200 if you have any questions, or
if I may ever be of assistance to you. Thank you.
BRIAN A. JOYCE
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