Coppinger: No Funding for AgeWell West Roxbury in Governor's Proposed Budget

The AgeWell West Roxbury program helps senior citizens stay in their homes longer to age where they know.


Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick proposed a $34.8 billion budget on Wednesday, which included no funding for the valued AgeWell West Roxbury program.

But it's a proposed budget, which state Rep. Ed Coppinger, D-West Roxbury, addressed.

"The Governor’s budget is just the first step in a long process so not everything he proposed will end up in the budget that we pass in the House of Representatives or what the (state) Senate passes either. I am looking forward to debating it and helping the House draft our budget in response," said Coppinger, who also represents parts of Brookline and Roslindale.

Coppinger also spoke about the lack of funding to AgeWell West Roxbury, which received approximately. 

"On other issues in the budget, I am very disappointed that the governor has not included money for AgeWell West Roxbury. AgeWell West Roxbury is a great program that works on a tiny budget to help seniors living in West Roxbury age in their own homes," said Coppinger.

"It provides fun social events and crucial services for our friends and neighbors, but this is the third year in a row that the governor’s budget has not funded it and similar naturally occurring retirement communities. It is disappointing, but each year, I work hard with (state) Senator (Mike) Rush to make sure that AgeWell West Roxbury would receive state funding in the final version of the budget, and we will be sure to do so again this year," said Coppinger.

Coppinger, a father of four children younger than 18, talked about education funding. "I have focused on fighting for increases in education spending and I’m happy that this budget invests in early education programs and also invests in higher education to help minimize tuition increases at schools like UMass Amherst where so many kids from my district go," said Coppinger.

Added Coppinger, "Like I said, this is only the first step in the process so I look forward to talking with people in West Roxbury, Roslindale and Brookline to get their take on the budget. The House of Representatives will release and debate its budget in April.”

Mary Mulvey Jacobson January 25, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Thanks Representative Ed Coppinger and Senator Mike Rush for all you do to support the efforts of AgeWell West Roxbury and our seniors. To lose funding to support any of AgeWell's programs would be a huge loss for our seniors and for the community.
Neil January 25, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Yes! Fund this program. We must also rededicate the Commonwealth to fund our excellent public ed system at every level, pre-K, K-12 and our public universities. Higher ed is a ladder to opportunities that are largely unavailable to people without it. Educating tomorrow's citizens and leaders is our greatest legacy. Our K-12 public schools are #2 in the nation but we do have schools that don't meet those standards so let's invest. Beyond closing the achievement gap of schools that are not top performing schools, we should do our best to make a public university education affordable to every qualified Mass student. Finally, our public transportation system is chronically underfunded and has been for a decade. Breakdowns, delays, and service cuts for buses, subways and commuter rail should make it clear that we haven't invested in this system, we've patched it and cut at it rather than rebuild it and renew it. To grow out great city, we must expand a great public transit system. We used to be able to take the commuter rail from West Roxbury to a weekend game in Fenway Park or to shop at Haymarket or have a meal in the North End or Chinatown. No longer, now you MUST drive. Funding our public trans system is not just the about the economic growth it spurs but the quality of life we have. Before the last round of service cuts and fair hikes, ridership on the T was at an all time high. That's means its popular, and that's awesome! Let's invest in our growth
Dale Mitchell January 25, 2013 at 08:59 PM
As Executive Director of Ethos, the host to AgeWell West Roxbury and a number of other eldercare initiatives, I want to echo Mary's thanks to Rep. Coppinger and Sen. Rush for all that they do for the elderly. Ethos depends heavily on state funding to do what it does and, because of that, I work closely with the state Legislature. And I can say definitively that there are no legislators anywhere in the state who are more committed to their elderly constituents and more dedicated to insuring they get the care and support they need than these two. West Roxbury is very lucky to have them representing it at the State House. Dale Mitchell, Executive Director, Ethos
Judy Fitzgerald January 25, 2013 at 10:50 PM


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