The budget now awaits Governor Deval Patrick's approval.
"Representatives [William] Galvin and [Louis] Kafka sponsored an amendment to include $50,000 for the restoration of the State Theatre in Stoughton Center through the Historical Commission. The money will help refurbish the important Stoughton landmark, which will also promote economic development in the area," according to a press release from the offices of Reps. Galvin and Kafka.
Located on Washington Street in Stoughton Center, the State Theatre opened in 1927 and closed as the Stoughton Cinema Pub in 2007. It has been vacant since.
Former Selectman John Stagnone is leading the efforts to restore the Theatre. He and his wife, Roberta, have entered into a long-term 20-year lease of the building, and formed a 501c3 non-profit corporation, Friends of the State Theatre, to help with this renovation process.
Stagnone has said more than $1 million will need to be invested.
The FY14 budget also includes more than $2.7 million ($2,772,599) in unrestricted local aid for Stoughton, "which goes directly to municipalities for infrastructure improvement and repair, public safety and economic development," according to a release from the office of State Senate Brian A. Joyce.
And, the budget boosts funding to Stoughton schools to more than $14 million ($14,304,924).
Lawmakers approved $500 million in new taxes "on tobacco, gas, utilities and certain computer services that businesses purchase," according to the Boston Globe.
This tax hike would amount to an increase of $1 for a pack of cigarettes and 3 cents per gallon for gas, the Globe reports.
An increase in funding for the UMass system will spare students from increased tuition rates, according to a release from the offices of Reps. Galvin and Kafka.
The release also states the budget calls for requiring EBT cards to have photo IDs.
the fragile economic situation, we were able to fund vital programs and
increase funding where it is really needed. Adding funding to local
aid assists our cities and towns and additional money to UMass helps
students and families across the State," said Rep. Galvin (D-Canton).
"I am also very happy with the
funding we secured for the State Theatre, which, coupled with the money
we received in a bond package for the Stoughton Train Station, will help
revitalize Stoughton’s downtown,” Galvin continued.
Rep. Kafka (D-Stoughton) added, “With the increase in local aid, investment in higher education, and positive steps with EBT reform, this budget is a responsible, thoughtful use of taxpayer dollars."
Sen. Joyce (D-Milton) said, “Investing in both our communities and children is the best way to continue our state’s economic recovery and foster new growth and job creation...Excellent schools, solid public safety, and reliable infrastructure remain important considerations to new businesses looking for a home and help established businesses find the workforce they need to grow.”