On July 10, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed an Economic Development Bill. The bill contains a $300 million capital re-authorization for the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, which provides grants to support economic development and affordable housing projects.
As the bill was being voted on, CHAPA supported amendments that would have helped to rehabilitate public housing, protect housing programs, and promote economic mobility. Although the amendments were not adopted, CHAPA thanks the amendment sponsors, Reps. Joseph McGonagle, Edward Coppinger, and Aaron Vega.
Thanks also to Rep. Joseph Wagner, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies; Rep. Tony Cabral, Chair of the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets; Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means; and Speaker Robert DeLeo for their leadership and support for these important community and economic development resources.
The bill now will now be considered by the State Senate.