CONSOLIDATED AMENDMENT ON ENERGY, ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS AND HOUSING (H 4000)

By Bob Katzen

The House 159-0, approved a $7.3 million consolidated amendment that funds energy, environmental affairs and housing programs.

“Housing is central to the well-being of individuals and families across the commonwealth,” said James Arciero (D-Westford), House chair of the Housing Committee. “Massachusetts is a high-cost state and this impacts the ability of our residents to gain and retain decent affordable housing. This budget provides historic funding for our housing programs as we prioritize this basic, fundamental need of our citizens.”

“The House has crafted a bold budget that matches our ambitions in the fight against climate change and for the commonwealth’s clean energy future,” said Rep. Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin), House chair of the Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. “Climate science and policy is complicated and demands the actions articulated in this budget to avoid what is essentially the most significant existential challenge of our time. It builds on the recently signed climate bill, which increases our commitment to offshore wind in the commonwealth to 5600 megawatts.”

“Our prioritization of these essential environmental programs will protect and preserve our natural resources and outdoor spaces, as well as set a sustainable and resilient course for the future,” said Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston), House chair of the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.

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