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MAPC Statement on the Transportation Bond Bill

MAPC Statement on Transportation Bond Bill For immediate release: Friday, January 15 We were deeply disappointed this evening when Governor Baker vetoed critical policy provisions in H.5248, An Act authorizing and accelerating transportation investment. Coming only a day after the Governor vetoed the climate bill and significant portions of the economic development bond bill, we […]

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MAPC’s Statement on Govenor’s Veto of S.2995

MAPC STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR’S VETO OF S. 2995 For Immediate Release: January 14, 2021 “Last month, the Baker Administration set ambitious goals for a net zero future by releasing the 2030 Clean Energy and Climate Plan outlining actions to prevent the worst impacts of climate change over the next decade. Massachusetts was on the cusp […]

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DLTA Spotlight: COVID-19 Small Business Support

DLTA Spotlight: COVID-19 Small Business Support Advancing Small Businesses in Arlington, Medford, Salem, Newton and Needham District Local Technical Assistance, or “DLTA” funds, are state grants distributed among the state’s 13 Regional Planning Agencies (RPAs)—including MAPC—to provide cities and towns with money and technical staff to work on projects related to regional collaboration, economic development, […]

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MAPC Issues Statement on Climate Policy Roadmap

MAPC Issues Statement on Climate Policy Roadmap For immediate release: Monday, January 4 The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) today released the following statement regarding the passage of the Climate Policy Roadmap legislation in the Massachusetts House and Senate. “MAPC applauds the House and Senate for taking up Climate Policy Roadmap legislation today in the […]

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Police Reform Bill is First Step of Many to Address Police Violence

Statement from Executive Director Marc Draisen Earlier this week, the Massachusetts House and Senate passed a significant bill to address issues of police violence against persons of color.  The bill includes meaningful reforms in a wide variety of areas, including certification and decertification of police officers, limitations on the use of certain police tactics, and […]

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Police reform bill is first step of many to address police violence

Police Reform Bill is First Step of Many to Address Police Violence Statement from Executive Director Marc Draisen Thursday, December 3, 2020 Earlier this week, the Massachusetts House and Senate passed a significant bill to address issues of police violence against persons of color. The bill includes meaningful reforms in a wide variety of areas, […]

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Local Public Health Officials, Municipal Leaders Call for Emergency Funding

138 Local Public Health Officials & Municipal Leaders Call for Emergency Funding for Local Health Departments Over 100 public health officials and municipal leaders from throughout Massachusetts are calling for a second $15 million package of emergency funding for local health departments before the end of 2020. On November 23, 138 officials from 87 communities […]

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37 Mayors and Managers: Extend Deadline to Spend CARES Funding

37 Mayors and Managers to Federal Officials: Extend Deadline to Spend CARES Funding Thirty-seven Massachusetts municipal leaders are asking the Massachusetts federal delegation to extend the deadline to spend CARES Act funding beyond the end of the calendar year. “The December 31st deadline creates an arbitrary end date by which we must spend this critical […]

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MAPC calls on MBTA to keep transit service reliable & safe

MAPC calls on MBTA to keep transit service reliable and safe For immediate release: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) today issued a statement on the MBTA’s plan to address their FY22 operating budget deficit. “The Metropolitan Area Planning Council is deeply concerned about the prospect of reducing transit service in the […]

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MAPC applauds extra rental assistance, pushes for eviction moratorium extension

Today, Governor Baker announced a serious response to the looming eviction crisis, including much-needed funds for rental assistance to at-risk tenants, assistance for landlords, funding toward legal assistance in court, and expansion of mediation services to keep housing cases out of the courtroom in the first place. As the regional planning agency for Greater Boston, […]

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