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State Rep Jeff Roy

FY14 budget passes house

The House passed a balanced FY ’14 budget focused on increased government accountability and oversight across the Commonwealth. It provides some additional funding with no increase in the income tax as proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick back in January. It's a thoughtful and  fiscally responsible budget that addresses many of the priorities Gov. Patrick highlighted in his budget plan in a balanced and fiscally responsible way. You can find the budget details by clicking here. You can find an analysis of the House budget and amendments by clicking here.

The $34 Billion budget ensures over $1 Billion will remain in the state’s Rainy Day Fund and prioritizes investments to Local Aid & Higher Education to provide assistance to struggling cities and towns and assures that students have access to the stepping stones necessary to give them a competitive edge in tomorrow’s job market.

Franklin and Medway will see an increase in Chapter 70 aid for both communities totalling $308,000. This is in addition to a boost in Chapter 90 aid  which results in $1,382,441 for Franklin (an increase of $460,814) and $617,259 for Medway (an increase of $205,753). The budget also includes a $20,000 public safety grant for Franklin to assist with the new park next to the police station and a $15,000 grant for Medway to assist with financing the Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial.
 
This budget demonstrates the House’s continued emphasis on supporting higher education. It increases funding to state universities and invests in the UMass system, facilitating a freeze in tuition and fees.  It also funds a competitive grant program for Adult College Transition Services to help low-income workers succeed in college programs. Through all this, the House budget fosters affordability and makes a significant commitment to ensure that the Commonwealth’s residents are better equipped to attain a college degree and enter the competitive job market.
 
The House budget takes a firm stand on reforming the agencies tasked with fostering safe educational environments for our youngest citizens. A Special Commission will examine the need for greater, affordable, quality early education and care services and will determine methods for addressing the high cost of such services. The House budget also addresses the concerns raised by the Auditor’s recent inquiry into the lack of compliance oversight essential to ensuring the health and safety of children in private care.  A compliance manager is placed in the Department of Early Education and Care to review oversight procedures and to create efficiencies that ensure vendors are compliant with new and existing regulations.  
 
Continuing our focus on reform, the House proposes additional oversight within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to bolster the waste and abuse prevention reforms we enacted last fiscal year. The budget establishes the Bureau of Program Integrity, which will provide continuous oversight of public assistance programs while maintaining eligibility verification and ensuring we focus our state resources on those residents most in need of our assistance.  
 
The FY ’14 House budget reflects a commitment to protect and assist the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable residents. The budget includes increased funding to important services within the Department of Developmental Services, such as Family Support Services and the Turning 22 program. It ensures that homeless shelters receive sufficient funding to enter into 12 month contracts, providing increased predictability and certainty over previous fiscal years. To protect families in need of shelter, this budget requires that clients be granted presumptive eligibility, so that no family in an emergency situation will be turned away from shelter. The budget also provides additional funding for Emergency Food Assistance.

Particularly after the recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon, the House budget provides targeted investments to support our public safety officials, specifically through increased funding to the Shannon Grants program; the budget also authorizes $100,000 in killed-in-the-line of duty benefits to the family of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. Additional funding is also provided to the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism to help us remind travelers worldwide that the city of Boston and the entire Commonwealth remain a symbol of the vitality and an important source of history for our country.
 
The budget now moves to the Senate for consideration beginning the week of May 22.   You can follow the progress at http://www.malegislature.gov/.  
 
As always, it is an honor and privilege to represent Franklin and Medway. Thank you for your support in the effort to make Massachusetts a great place to work and live.
 
Sincerely,

K-girls get their marathon medals in Franklin

Two weeks ago we were rocked by explosions at the Marathon finish line. Kayla & her mom Kristine Biagiotti (affectionately known as the K-girls) were just finishing their run as the first mother/daughter team in marathon history when the bombs went off. Needless to say, it was not the ending they had planned.

On Saturday, May 4, as part of the YMCA's 5K run, the K-girls were able to cross the finish line in glory and finally have their marathon medals placed around their necks. After receiving the medals Kayla and Kris were presented with a Citation from Rep. Roy and the House of Representatives.

You can read more about their ordeal by clicking here.

4th graders from Jefferson Elementary

Eighty Jefferson Elementary 4th Graders from Franklin took a field trip to Boston where they enjoyed a State House tour.

The 4th Graders, accompanied by four teachers and a number of parent chaperones got the opportunity to take the guided tour, enter and see the House of Representatives’ Chamber and speak with their State Representative Jeffrey Roy, State Senator Richard Ross and a representative from State Senator Karen Spilka’s office.

Tour groups are always welcome at the State House. If you are interested in bringing a group, contact our office at 617-722-2400.

That's my ticket

If you're looking for a great way to capture that memorable baseball game or concert, look no further than That's My Ticket in Medway. It's the world's leading authority on licensed sports & concert ticket displays and ticket-related products, and it's located in the historic Medway Mills.

We spent an afternoon with Dean Macci , the President and founder, and Keith Gentili, the Vice President, to get a hands on look at what the company does. Their top item are Mega Tickets, cutting-edge wall art made from original sports and concert tickets that are enlarged 400-500%, printed on archival canvas, and stretch-mounted. They also carry a wide selection of sports and music-related merchandise including autographs, memorabilia, display cases, CD frames, novelty items and more.

It's a unique business located within the 10th Norfolk District which handles sales throughout the world. You can see more pictures from our visit by clicking here.

You can learn more about the company and see their products by clicking here.

House approves funds for Moving Wall in Medway

As part of the FY14 budget, the House approved an amendment filed by Rep. Roy and Rep. Fernandes to allocate $15,000 towards the Moving Wall project for Medway.

It will be on display in Medway from Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. until Monday, June 3, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. as part of Medway's 300th birthday celebration. It will be hosted at the Medway VFW on Holliston Street.

The Moving Wall" is the half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for more than twenty years. 

"Rep. Fernandes and I were honored to co-sponsor the amendment and secure the funds for this inspirational display of the war memorial in Medway," noted Rep. Roy. "We hope that many people from the area will get a chance to see and observe this fitting monument to our veterans."

Student Government Day

On April 5th, the State House hosted the 66th Annual Student Government Day. Rep. Roy was delighted to see five students from Franklin and Medway participate – Ryan Creavin, Meagan Schmauder and Dylan Martin from Franklin, and Corrie Brown and Amanda Pollock from Medway. The students had the opportunity to participate in a Joint Senate and House of Representatives mock debate, or participate at the John Adams Court house as Supreme Judicial Court justices.
 
“It was great to see the students actively engaged in government” noted Rep. Roy. “They offered some poignant arguments and speeches during the debate and set a good example for legislating” For 66 years the General Court has hosted this event, offering insight to young and spirited students into how the legislature functions.

The above photograph shows Ryan Creavin, Meagan Schmauder and Dylan Martin with Rep. Roy in the State House.

New FHS making progress

Rep. Roy toured the new Franklin High School last week with Building Committee Chair Tom Mercer. The construction is well under way with most of the steel work is up. We got up onto the roof to get a bird's eye view of the project. The library, auditorium and lecture hall are all taking shape. You can view photos from the tour by clicking here.

Gun violence forum in May

On May 30 at 7 pm, Rep. Roy will sponsor a gun violence forum at Dean College. The forum will feature speakers who will address all aspects of the debate going on at the state and federal level.

Confirmed speakers to date include Rep. Harold Naughton (D-Clinton), Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, and David Linsky (D-Natick),Chair of the House Committee on
Post Audit and Oversight
. Invitations have been extended to representives from the Gun Owners Action League (GOAL) and Stop Handgun Violence, but we are awaiting confirmation from them at this time.

Office hours

Franklin – Thursday, May 9, 8:30-9:30AM, Franklin Senior Center - 10 Daniel McCahill Street Franklin, MA 
 
Medway – Saturday, May 19, 10 AM - 4 PM, Medway Pride Day - Medway Middle School, Holliston Street, Medway, MA
 
Walk-ins are welcome and no appointments are necessary. You are also invited to call the State House office at (617) 722-2400, stop by Room 134 in the State House, email Jeffrey.Roy@MAhouse.gov, or schedule an in-district appointment..

Forum on technology for parents

The Franklin Teen Angels are hosting free hands-on technology training for parents at the Franklin Public Library. The sessions run from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will take place on May 9 and May 21. Rep. Roy will be joining them at the May 21st session.
 
If you would like to learn how to set privacy settings, locator settings, or get answers to any questions about applications and websites kids are using today, the experts, Franklin Teenangels and Wiredup Students, are hosting a number of informational sessions. This community effort is to help parents navigate the digital world of their children. Online registration is available by clicking here. Look under “Register for Activities” and then “Adult Programs."
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