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End-of-Session Legislation: How MAPC’s Priorities Fared

End-of-Session Legislation: How MAPC’s Priorities Fared On Tuesday night, the 191st General Court concluded its legislative session. While the legislature took a long break from advancing significant legislation, the past several days saw a flurry of activity, moving climate legislation, a transportation bond bill, and an economic development bond bill in the final days of […]

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Voice Your Support for Lowering Emissions & Greening Transportation

Photo Credit John Wilcox Call to Action: Transportation & Climate Initiative In New England, transportation is responsible for over 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. That could soon improve, thanks to a historic partnership between Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C. to reduce carbon emissions and build a greener, more equitable transportation system. Please act […]

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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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Call to Action: DLTA in Senate Budget

Call to Action: DLTA in Senate Budget The Senate Ways and Means Committee just released their FY21 budget proposal, and District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) wasn’t included.  Please act today: tell your state senator to support Senator Eldridge’s amendment to the budget, which would level-fund DLTA at $3 million in FY21. Click here to enter […]

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Budget Update: November 2020

State Budget Update: November 2020 While the national election grinds on this fall, MAPC’s Government Affairs team has largely focused on state-level priorities, including the FY21 budget. The Massachusetts government has been operating under temporary budget since the fiscal year began in July 2020. The Governor signed a third interim budget into law on Oct. […]

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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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Accessory Dwelling Units | Broken Zoning, Unaffordable Homes: What Can Be Done?

What’s the Problem? Massachusetts is in the midst of a housing crisis that threatens our communities, our economic success, and our quality of life. For years now, advocates have been calling for an update to the Commonwealth’s outdated zoning and housing rules. Businesses are debating whether to locate in Massachusetts because the high cost of […]

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