November was jam-packed with policymaking. Here are some legislative updates from the Senate floor:
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) – The Massachusetts Senate passed a $3.82 billion bill on how to spend ARPA funding coming to our Commonwealth. This legislation will make equitable investments and ensure that communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering broad spectrum supports to health care, mental and behavioral health, housing security, environment, and workforce development.
I secured numerous amendments to this bill that will support our district and the Commonwealth at large, including:
The Senate plan must now be reconciled with the House version of the bill before heading to the Governor's desk.
Explicitly requiring that the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund directly support women re-entering the workforce both through upskilling and addressing barriers to entry like transit and childcare
Specific language providing for the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to manage tree health along the Commonwealth's parkways for human and environmental health and safety
$1,000,000 for post-traumatic stress care for medical personnel
$650,000 for water infrastructure projects in the towns of Millis, Norfolk, Plainville, Sherborn, Wayland, and Wrentham
$100,000 to renovate North Attleboro's Allen School to create a food pantry regional hub for the town and its neighboring communities
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