REGION – The region will receive nearly $ 3 million in investments under a $ 4 billion program expense invoice that Governor Charlie Baker signed into law on Monday.
The legislation combines about $ 1.45 billion in excess state tax revenue with $ 2.55 billion in federal funding from the US Rescue Plan (ARPA). It funds major statewide projects, programs and initiatives, while providing $ 2.84 million in credits for projects and programs in communities across the region.
“The final ARPA bill represents months of work, compromise and advocacy by countless stakeholders, and I am very grateful to all who have played a role in securing these massive investments for the benefit of the Commonwealth,” Representative Hannah Kane said in a press. publication following the passage of the expenditure bill by the Legislature earlier this month.
“I am happy that after such a long process, we have now passed legislation that will make essential funds available to communities and individuals who have been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the senator. Michael Moore in that same joint statement.
Local communities receive allocations
Kane has secured $ 75,000 to support efforts to establish a food bank “and related programs” in Shrewsbury, according to this press release. She also won $ 50,000 for heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrades at Shrewsbury public schools.
Moore added $ 205,000 for Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services. This money will support short-term crisis and treatment planning for people on wait lists for high-level care. It will also fund partnerships to identify and provide case management for families in need.
The Westborough House delegation of Carolyn Dykema, Hannah Kane and Danielle Gregoire helped the Westborough Food Pantry raise $ 25,000.
“This legislation sets the stage for a broad economic and public health recovery, particularly targeting communities that have faced significant health and financial impacts from the pandemic,” Dykema said of the bill in his statement. together on December 3.
Gregoire noted in a press release that she had also helped secure $ 190,000 for new online permit software in Marlborough and $ 200,000 for infrastructure upgrades to allow better access to broad. band, also in Marlborough.
The New England Center for Children in Southborough will get $ 1 million to offset unreimbursed COVID-19 expenses thanks to the work of Dykema and Gregoire, both of whom have noted their advocacy on this issue in recent statements
Dykema, whose district includes Southborough and part of Westborough, celebrated the assignment in addition to a payment of $ 100,000 to help Southborough upgrade heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment in public buildings.
Dykema also worked with Senator Jamie Eldridge to get $ 70,000 to repair a collapsed culvert under Northborough Road in Southborough.
“Southborough has had difficulties with this culvert in the past and has tried inexpensive temporary solutions, which unfortunately have not been successful,” Eldridge said in a press release. “This funding will ensure that the culvert can be repaired immediately and should provide a permanent solution to this vexing problem.
Eldridge shared a separate statement this month noting an allotment of $ 50,000 for the planned purchase and renovation of the old Hudson Armory as a new community arts center.
“The reconversion of the Armory into a community arts center will be a wonderful addition to an already booming town in Hudson and a wonderful resource for the entire community,” he said. “I am proud that this funding has been allocated to revitalize the arts in Hudson. “
Rep. Kate Hogan, meanwhile, celebrated $ 650,000 in other credits for Hudson, including $ 400,000 for the ongoing Riverwalk Assabet project.
A payment of $ 50,000 will help the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority to support “microtransit vehicles” providing city transportation to Hudson. This service will connect to existing MWRTA fixed bus lines in Marlborough for Saturday service.
The Hudson Food Pantry will share a $ 100,000 allocation with Open Table Inc. in Maynard and the Stow Food Pantry, while Fresh Start Furniture Bank in Hudson will also receive $ 100,000.
In Grafton, $ 125,000 will be used to fund school safety upgrades. Schools are also receiving an additional $ 100,000 to fund their own heating and ventilation improvements.
Representative David Muradian particularly highlighted his work to secure funding for heating and ventilation in a press release released in November after the House of Representatives passed his version of the bill.
The signature of capital letters ‘long process’
Outside of local allocations, this new law allocates millions to initiatives in health care, housing and infrastructure, among others.
Baker’s administration had tabled its own legislation in June in an attempt to quickly generate a plan to distribute the money ARPA allocated to Massachusetts.
Both houses of the Legislature finally finalized their own expense bills before reconciling them and sending the package to Baker on December 3.
Baker signed a majority of the bill on Monday, though he vetoed a handful of provisions he said would have delayed the distribution of those funds.
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