Gov. signs jobs creation bill targeting WMass

BOSTON (WWLP) – In an effort to meet the needs of employers, Governor Patrick signed a $77.8 million plan that is expected to create businesses and jobs throughout western Massachusetts.

“Through this legislation, we’re capitalizing on our top emerging and existing industries which play an important role in securing our status as a national leader,” said Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth).

The new law will funnel millions into boosting advanced manufacturing and I.T. training in schools. It also offers businesses tax incentives if they create jobs in under-performing cities like Springfield, Holyoke and Pittsfield.

Governor Patrick said, “There’s always more to do.”

Governor Patrick re-filed legislation lifting the cap on liquor licenses and giving local municipal government full control – a provision that state lawmakers did away with. Business owners could take a huge hit, not only for those who paid up to six-figures to serve alcohol, but those who use their liquor license to leverage a loan with the bank.

“If we were to eliminate the cap automatically and very quickly those liquor licenses could essentially have no value,” said State Representative John Scibak, who chairs the Professional Licensure Committee.

If a city or town reaches their cap applicants have to ask the legislature for special permission to get an extra license. Governor Patrick said lifting the cap would boost business growth and free up time in the legislative session.

The new law also seals the deal for the annual sales tax holiday that begins on Saturday.

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