BOSTON — The Senate and House of Representatives approved a supplemental budget this week that included $2 million in prison mitigation funds for fiscal year 2013 that will restore local aid to prison host communities, including the town of Shirley. Earlier this year, Governor Patrick used his 9C powers to cut the line item from the FY13 budget, which Representative Benson and Senator Eldridge fought to secure.
“Securing prison mitigation funds has always been a top budget priority for me, and I’m pleased that we have been able to restore this much needed aid to the town of Shirley,” said Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton). “The people of Shirley have always had a good relationship with the MCI-Shirley and Souza-Baranowski correctional centers, including providing emergency services to the prisons and the least the Commonwealth of Massachusetts can do is honor its promise to provide prison mitigation funding to the town.”
“I am very happy that the House supported the supplemental prison mitigation funds,” said Representative Bensen (D-Lunenburg). This funding is a very important part of local aid for Shirley and our communities.”