BOSTON (WWLP) – The debate lasted until just before midnight, but the House voted for the bill with a goal of boosting employment across the commonwealth.
The Massachusetts House voted 125 to 23 in favor of creating jobs throughout the state.
The package would grant $15-million to train low-skilled workers, help under-performing cities bounce back from the financial crisis and bring precision manufacturing and “big data” to western Massachusetts.
Most Republicans voted against the economic development bill.
House lawmakers also sealed the deal for an August sales tax holiday weekend on August 16th & 17th.
Next, the Senate plans to release their own plan to create more businesses and jobs.
According to Sen. Gale Candaras, (D) Committee on Economic Development, “We’re very concerned with the lack of I.T. employees here in the Commonwealth. We have been very successful with our precision manufacturing pilot program in Springfield.”
Senator Candaras is pushing to create a similar pilot program to boost IT jobs throughout western Massachusetts.
The Senate plans to release their version of the economic development bill sometime next week.