BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – Massachusetts cities and towns could soon see more in their budget to improve their transportation infrastructure.
During the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s annual meeting on Saturday, Governor Charlie Baker announced plans to file legislation next week seeking $200 million in Chapter 90 funding.
The Chapter 90 program provides annual funding to the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts to help improve and invest in their local transportation ways. If approved, the $200 million would be available to municipalities for the 2023 fiscal year.
“The budget proposals we have filed throughout our time in office kept our promise to cities and towns to increase local aid funding consistent with the growth in state tax revenue,” Governor Baker said. “We have consistently filed for additional Chapter 90 funds to make critical improvements for local roads and bridges.”
Since taking office in 2015, The Baker-Polito Administration has released a total of $1.56 billion in Chapter 90 funding. This most recent investment would bring that total up to $1.76 billion.
“Our commitment to cities and towns has remained a vital part of our Administration’s approach, and we are proud to once again increase support for local aid through our FY23 budget proposal,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We look forward to partnering with our legislative colleagues to ensure our municipalities get the support they need to serve their residents and improve their local infrastructure.”
Through the Chapter 90 program, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation reimburses cities and towns for costs covering eligible transportation projects. Each municipality is awarded a certain portion of funding based on several factors such as population, road miles and employment. More information about the program can be found online.
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