BOSTON (WWLP) – The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a $200 million spending bill Wednesday, designed to improve local roads and bridges.
The $200 million in additional Chapter 90 funding for local road and bridge repairs falls far short of the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s request of $640 million each year.
Governor Charlie Baker filed the $200 million spending bill last month. The state funding would come from the sale of bonds; money borrowed to pay for large infrastructure projects throughout the Commonwealth.
The Legislature has until Friday to let cities and towns know how much transportation funding they should expect this year.
“My thought process was by doing it here today, and the Senate doing it hopefully tomorrow, then we can at least get that portion onto the governor’s desk by tomorrow,” said House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop).
These transportation funds are distributed to all Massachusetts cities and towns based on road miles, population, and employment.