A bill passed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives this spring which authorizes up to $1.8 billion in capital funding for key investments in public safety, food security, and information technology has now become law.
The bill, H.4932 An Act financing the general governmental infrastructure of the Commonwealth, includes programs to enhance the safety and security of the Commonwealth’s information technology assets, improve the delivery of state and local services, and continue responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
$660 million in authorizations in the legislation will support IT infrastructure needs throughout the Commonwealth, strengthening cybersecurity and improving how state agencies serve their constituents. The bill authorizes $90 million for public safety including $10 million to establish a new fire training facility in southeastern Massachusetts.
$346.5 million is authorized for municipal grant programs including $25 million for firefighter safety grants, $10 million for a municipal ADA-accessibility grant program, and $5 million for the Community Compact program.
The legislation also authorizes $37.3 million in capital funding to ensure food security for residents across the Commonwealth.
Other notable authorizations in the General Governmental Bond Bill include:
- $115 million for library construction grants
- $20 million for a program to enhance fiber-optic connectivity in key municipal buildings
- $375 million for repairs and improvements for facilities across the Commonwealth