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MAPC’s 2019-2020 Legislative Priorities

The deadline to file bills for the 2019-2020 Massachusetts legislative session was Friday, Jan. 19. Over 5,000 bills were filed before that date – including several smart growth priorities from MAPC. Our proposals were crafted to address the transportation, climate, and housing challenges in the 101 cities and towns of our region. If enacted, these […]

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Arts & Culture Staff Join Legislative Leadership at Cultural Caucus Kick-Off

Staff from MAPC’s Arts and Culture division joined five other organizations on Wednesday, Jan. 16 to help the Massachusetts Legislature’s Cultural Caucus kick off its efforts for this legislative session. Caucus chairs Sen. Julian Cyr and Rep. Mary Keefe and vice-chairs Sen. Adam Hinds and Rep. Sarah Peake invited MAPC, along with the Mass Cultural […]

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Sen. Crighton, Rep. Livingstone, Rep. Madaro Call for Increased Fees on Uber, Lyft

For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 17, 2019 New legislation aims to curb congestion, promote carpooling BOSTON – Representatives from Boston, Cambridge, and Lynn are joining together with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to call for higher fees on ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft as a way to reduce traffic and congestion in […]

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MAPC Wins Planning Awards

Last week, the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-MA) presented MAPC with two awards: the Social Advocacy Award for and the Metropolitan Mayors’ Coalition Regional Housing Task Force and the Outstanding Planning Project Award for MassBuilds, a visual database of development in the Greater Boston region. Earlier this month, MAPC’s Clean Energy team […]

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Metro Mayors Announce 185,000 Unit Production Goal

The Boston region is in the midst of a housing crisis. In the communities that make up the Inner Core of the Boston metro region, one in 10 homeowners and one in four renters pays more than half of their income on housing. Inadequate housing production harms everyone – forcing up rents and home costs, […]

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METRO BOSTON MAYORS: REGION MUST PRODUCE 185k NEW HOUSING UNITS TO KEEP UP WITH ECONOMIC, POPULATION GROWTH

Fifteen communities of the Metro Mayors Coalition today announced a new housing production goal for the coalition region to meet the demands of a robust regional economy and a growing population in Boston and surrounding areas.

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10th Annual Shannon Grant Basketball Tournament

Youth from eight cities and towns had the chance to compete head-to-head this weekend in a basketball tournament held by the Metro Mayors Coalition. On Saturday, Aug. 11, teams from Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Quincy, Somerville, Revere, and Winthrop competed in the 10th Annual Shannon Grant Basketball Tournament at North Quincy High School. This year’s event […]

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Youth, Law Enforcement Join for Basketball Tournament

Law enforcement officials, youth services workers and local teens will join together for the Annual Shannon Grant Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 in a show of solidarity among youth and those who fight for their safety.

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End of the Legislative Session – How MAPC’s Priorities Fared

As Massachusetts’ legislative session drew to a close early Wednesday morning, many of MAPC’s legislative priorities were up for consideration. We wanted to give you a sense of how they fared. Short Term Rentals: The legislature’s bill regulating short term rentals would tax short term rentals at the hotel rate of 5.7 percent. City and […]

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Massachusetts Legislature Finalizes FY2019 State Budget Proposal

The Commonwealth is one step closer to having a FY2019 budget in place. Budget negotiations took a bit longer than usual this year, but the resulting $41.88 billion includes a number of MAPC budget and policy priorities. We are extremely grateful to Chairwoman Spilka and Chairman Sanchez for their incredibly hard work on this budget. […]

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