Celebrating the reboot of First Thursday Art Walk at 668 Centre St. on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Legislature Passes Balanced Fiscal 2016 Budget

In early July the Legislature enacted a $38.1 billion state budget for fiscal year 2016. The spending plan prioritizes funding for education, housing assistance, behavioral health, substance abuse, and critical services and programs for our most vulnerable residents in the Commonwealth. The plan includes $4.5 billion for education funding and $18.6 million for kindergarten expansion grants. Funding for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP) increased by $17.9 million and will allow for the creation of approximately 764 new mobile vouchers, helping families move from emergency assistance housing to permanent housing. In addition, through sponsored and cosponsored amendments and collaborative efforts with my colleagues, I was able to secure funding for programs that are of utmost importance to me and my constituents.

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Prosecutors: Reverend With Ties to English High Ran Drug Ring

Suffolk County prosecutors aim to prove that The Rev. Shaun O. Harrison, 55, who since fall has been dean of students at Jamaica Plain's English High School, attempted to execute a 17-year-old he had tried to recruit into his drug ring. Police say the teen suffered non life-threatening injuries in the 7:13 p.m. Tuesday shooting in the area of 100 Magazine St. Prosecutors fleshed out that allegation at Harrison's arraignment on Thursday. They say Harrison lured the teen to his apartment with promises of weed and girls, then shot him in the back of the head. A judge held Harrison on $250,000 bail.

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