Senate Votes to Pass Sen. Lesser's Budget Amendments Supporting Number of Programs in Springfield

Springfield Science Museum, Community Music School and Spirit of Springfield slated to receive funding

BOSTON — The Massachusetts State Senate voted to approve a number of Senator Eric P. Lesser’s budget amendments supporting programs in Springfield.

Under the amendments, the Community Music School of Springfield will receive $25,000 for its adaptive music program. The School trains teachers on how to teach music to students with special needs, a program that serves as a national model for including all learners in music education.

The Black Men of Greater Springfield, a local nonprofit organization, is slated to receive $50,000 to support its programming, including educational support and recreational activities on Saturday mornings, a six-week summer program featuring a youth robotics and career exploration program, and scholarships for black youth.

Another amendment allocates $100,000 to the Springfield Science Museum to update the planetarium projection system and install a re-creation of the International Space Station with a live video feed from space and hands-on learning stations.

The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center and the Spirit of Springfield are each slated to receive $50,000 to continue their programming, including the annual Pancake Breakfast and Fourth of July celebrations.

Finally, the Senate voted to provide the Springfield Public Forum with $60,000 to continue bringing renowned speakers to the Springfield Symphony for community discussions.

“These programs strengthen our community in a number of ways, by giving access and opportunities to everyone in Springfield. They are what we love most about Springfield, and what attracts so many visitors to our great City and region. I was proud to support these programs in this year’s budget process, and look forward to their continued success,” said Sen. Lesser.

“Thank you to our Western Mass delegation that showed once again this year that we will fight to make sure Western Mass gets treated fairly on Beacon Hill,” Sen. Lesser added.

The Senate budget will now go to a conference committee to be reconciled with the House budget, before a conference committee budget is sent to the Governor.

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Eric Lesser