Senator L'Italien delivers for small businesses, needy and vulnerable residents - New Senate bud
by Rumbo Newspaper
Sen. Barbara L'Italien has secured $210,000 in the new Senate budget for six Lawrence nonprofits that serve and support small businesses and workforce training, youth recreation and English-language learners as well as low-income and other vulnerable and under-served residents in the city.
Funding in this year's Senate spending plan that is marked for Lawrence is on top of the $360,000 that Sen. L'Itanlien helped to deliver last year for the nine nonprofits in the 2016 state budget - her first as the city's Democratic senator.
In addition to that funding, Sen. L'Italien worked with Lawrence's State House delegation and Mayor Dan Rivera to secure a $1 million police staffing grant last year to put more officers on the street. Sen. L'Italien expects Lawrence to receive a similar police staffing grant in Fiscal Year 2017, which begins July 1.