By Bob Katzen

Senate 37-0, approved authorizing up to $3.65 billion in bonds for repairs and improvements of capital facilities across the state including $475 million for improvements to state university and community college campuses; another $475 million for campus improvements to UMass; $85 million for clean energy and efficiency programs at state-owned facilities; $675 million for trial court facility improvements; and $500 million for public safety and security facilities.

“This bill invests in capital projects across the state, to ensure our state facilities are well-maintained and well-equipped to best serve our residents and communities,” said Sen. Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “These bonds are a strong step in our continued work with the governor and the House to support projects in a range of areas, including health, safety and education, that are critical for our cities and towns.”

“Long-term capital investment in these facilities is critical, and this bond ensures that necessary planning and investment will continue without interruption,” said Sen. John Keenan (D-Quincy), chair of the Senate Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets.

The House approved a different version of the package in November. A House-Senate conference committee will work out a compromise.

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