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MAPC Applauds Gov. Baker for Signing Landmark Climate Bill

For immediate release: Friday, March 26, 2021 BOSTON—The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston released the following statement thanking Gov. Baker for signing the new climate bill into law today. “We at MAPC are thrilled to see this history-making legislation signed into law today. This is a huge win for environmental justice, and will […]

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MAPC releases statement on ‘Next Generation Climate Roadmap’ bill

For immediate release: Thursday, March 18, 2021 BOSTON—The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) today released the following statement regarding the Massachusetts Legislature’s passage of the climate bill, An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy (S.30). “MAPC applauds the Massachusetts Senate and House votes this week to pass legislation that would move our state […]

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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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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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Greater Boston Municipal Leaders Call For Regional Ballot Initiatives, Value Capture

Greater Boston Municipal Leaders Call for Regional Ballot Initiatives, Value Capture For immediate release: Wednesday, July 29 Three broad coalitions of municipal officials from throughout Greater Boston called on legislators to allow municipal revenue-raising tools that are heavily used in other states. The leaders of the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, North Shore Coalition and Commuter Rail […]

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DeLeo – Let’s decide transportation $, then budget

Originally posted on the T4MA blog By Marie Szaniszlo House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo this morning said he wants the Legislature to decide how much to earmark for transportation, including funding for the MBTA and regional transit authorities, before it tackles the state budget. “It is my desire that we debate the transportation issue before […]

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What does speed have to do with vibrant communities?

On January 18, MAPC hosted a packed house for Slow Down! Speed Reduction Strategies for Vibrant Communities. The room was filled with bicycle and pedestrian advocates, local planners and public works staff, public health professionals, transportation engineers, elected officials, and local law enforcement. You can view all of the powerpoint presentations from the event below Better […]

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"Fiscal cliff" deal yields a win for public transit

One important federal transportation issue that MAPC has been working on in the past year is/was the disparity between commuter tax benefits for those who drive and those who take public transportation. Beginning on January 1, 2012, commuters who drive (and park) could claim up to $240 per month in tax deductions, while commuters who […]

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