Per the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s alert today, the Senate has passed the $300m. for road repairs, which is up 50% over last year –
May 23, 2013
SENATE ENACTS $300M FOR CHAPTER 90
BILL NOW GOES TO GOVERNOR FOR HIS SIGNATURE
Earlier this morning, the Massachusetts Senate enacted H. 3379, the $300 million Chapter 90 bond bill for fiscal 2014, by a unanimous vote. This vital measure now goes to Governor Deval Patrick for his signature. The $300 million Chapter 90 bill is a top priority for every city and town, and is urgently needed to fund essential road construction projects in every community.
As you know, in order for the $300 million to be available for use, four more steps must occur: 1) the Governor must sign H. 3379 into law; 2) immediately after signing the bill, the Governor needs to file a “terms bill” with the Legislature that is necessary to empower the state treasurer to issue the bonds to support the $300 million program; 3) the Legislature must pass the terms bill and the Governor must sign it into law; and 4) the Administration can then officially notify cities and towns of their fiscal 2014 Chapter 90 authorization amount.
Please contact the Governor’s office as soon as possible to urge him to sign the Chapter 90 bond bill into law and immediately file the terms bill with the Legislature. The construction season is getting shorter with every passing day, and it is imperative that the Governor release the full $300 million authorization as soon as the terms bill passes the Legislature and reaches his desk. Any slowdown in this process will delay important local projects, shorten the construction season, and increase costs for cities and towns.
When you contact the Governor, please thank him for his leadership on this issue, and urge him to support and release the full $300 million as soon as possible. The Governor’s office can be reached at 617-725-4000, and letters can be sent to His Excellency Deval L. Patrick, State House, Room 360, Boston, MA 02133.
PLEASE CONTACT GOV. PATRICK’S OFFICE TODAY AND ASK FOR SWIFT ACTION TO SECURE $300 MILLION FOR CHAPTER 90
Thank You Very Much.