There's some good news for New Bedford schools coming from the state budget.  The spending plan includes an additional $4 million in funding for the city school system. 

Rep. Antonio Cabral made the announcement on Monday, saying its appropriate the delegation has securred the additional money on Supt. Dr. Pia Durkin's first day on the job. 

Rep. Cabral and State Senator Mark Montigny also worked to secure $425,000 for the UMass Dartmouth School of Marine Science and Technology to conduct fisheries research.  Cabral says its the largest state committment ever for fisheries research.  

Senator Montigny has also securred state money to help two Downtown attractions currently facing financial challenges. 

Montigny tells WBSM News, the state budget passed Monday includes $200,000 for the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, and $100,000 for the New Bedford Oceanarium....

The Senator has also added $150,000 to a supplimental budget for the New Bedford Historical Society to help them promote the ties between New Bedford and abolitionist Frederick Douglass to nationwide audiences, and another $50,000 to help New Bedford cover some of the costs of the Charles W. Morgan visting the port of New Bedford next year.