ACTION ALERT: Contact Governor Baker Today to Ask Him to Support two Important Provisions in the Economic Development Bill!

On July 31, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a final Economic Development Bill (H.4868). The legislation contains a $250 million reauthorization for the MassWorks Infrastructure Development Program. The legislation also includes two CHAPA priorities:
 
Economic Mobility Commission
This provision, in Section 63 of the bill, creates a commission to identify the most effective self-sufficiency programs, examine the impact of cliff effects tied to minimum wage increases, and help shape programs that will best assist low-income families achieve economic mobility and independence.
 
Mortgage Loan Originator Licensing Exemption for Affordable Housing Nonprofits
This provision, in Sections 49–52 of the bill, will help create affordable homes and protect access to housing assistance programs by creating a narrow exemption for affordable housing nonprofits from state licensing requirements for mortgage loan originators.
 
For more information on these provisions, please read CHAPA’s letter to the Governor on the Economic Development Bill by clicking here.
 
Please contact Governor Baker TODAY to ask him to sign the bill and include these two provisions! Governor Baker has ten days sign the bill or send it back with any vetoes. If he vetoes these provisions, the Legislature will not be able to override the vetoes.
 
The Governor’s office can be reached by phone at (617) 725-4005. To send an email on the Governor’s website, click here. Please copy and paste the text below into your email to the Governor.
 
As always, thank you for your advocacy and for helping make sure everyone in the Commonwealth has a safe, healthy, and affordable place to call home.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Eric Shupin, CHAPA’s Director of Public Policy, at eshupin@chapa.org or (617) 742-0820. 


Text of the Email:

I am contacting you to ask that you sign the Economic Development Bill, H.4868, and include provisions that will promote economic mobility for all families, help create affordable homes, and protect access to housing assistance programs.
 
Please sign the bill with Section 63 to create a commission to identify the most effective self-sufficiency programs, examine the impact of cliff effects tied to minimum wage increases, and help shape programs that will best assist low-income families achieve economic mobility and independence.
 
Please also sign the bill with Sections 49–52 to help create affordable homes and protect access to housing assistance programs by creating a narrow exemption for affordable housing nonprofits from state licensing requirements for mortgage loan originators.
 
Thank you for your consideration.