Bill hopes to boost business in western Massachusetts

State lawmakers have until midnight to decide whether to funnel $85 million to potentially boost jobs.

BOSTON (WWLP) – A vote will take place Thursday night on a bill to boost business and jobs throughout western Massachusetts.

Western Massachusetts cities and towns aren’t thriving as well economically as communities here in Boston, and this bill hopes to change that.

State lawmakers have until midnight to decide whether to funnel $85 million to potentially boost jobs in western Massachusetts.

The bill would promote computer science education in public schools, boost IT and precision manufacturing training and create tax incentives for businesses to set up shop in the Pioneer Valley.

“If we have a workforce that has the skills employers are looking for then employers will look closely at locating their facilities in these parts of the state, most specifically in my case, western Massachusetts,” Senator Gale Candaras said.

The $85 million will come out of the state’s general funds.

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