BOSTON — The Baker administration is renewing its requests for more funding for the MBTA, school improvements and clean water efforts.
Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday filed a $74.2 million spending bill with the Legislature that seeks appropriations that didn't make the cut in the latest round of House and Senate negotiations over spending priorities.
According to the administration, $18 million in additional funding for the MBTA would supplement $32 million granted by the Legislature in the fiscal 2019 closeout budget and enable the hiring of staff "to expedite the completion of capital projects, enable proactive inspections to detect and address safety and reliability issues before they impact service, and implement enhanced maintenance procedures to ensure the reliable operation of MBTA vehicles and infrastructure."
Baker is also seeking $10 million for the Twenty-First Century Education Trust Fund and $4.2 million to test drinking water for potential polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination.
The bill also calls for $16.3 million in connection with unspecified collective bargaining agreements; $12.3 million for hospitals to cover care costs associated with uninsured and underinsured patients; $5.4 million for service improvements for men who are civilly committed for substance use treatment; $5 million to support high school students in early college programs; and $3 million for the Community Compact program that offers state grants to cities and towns.
The administration issued a press release Friday saying its bill had been filed but the House clerk's office said Friday afternoon that it had not received the proposal.