BURLINGTON – Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) and Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) recently joined their colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature to advance a $ 4 billion bill to the governor’s office which directs the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and Fiscal Year 2021 Surplus Funding (FY21) to help the Commonwealth’s ongoing economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Burlington benefits directly from this bill, with $ 600,000 going to the community included in the respective districts of Senator Friedman and Representative Gordon.
By emphasizing equitable investments and prioritizing communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic, the legislation offers targeted supports to workers and businesses, as well as critical sectors of housing, healthcare, mental and behavioral health, climate preparedness, education and workforce development.
“This bill will bring much needed economic relief to the residents and communities of Massachusetts,” said Senator Friedman, deputy chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. “The $ 4 billion in investments made at the national and local levels for initiatives such as housing and food security, health services, and support for businesses and workers, will have a tremendously beneficial impact on the many people. affected by the pandemic. I am especially proud of the $ 400 million in funding for our behavioral health system and the $ 2.7 million direct assistance to Burlington – which I have fought hard for.
“This is great news for Burlington,” said representative Ken Gordon. “This spending plan will give our community the resources it needs to recover from the impacts of this pandemic and be resilient in the face of the challenges ahead. I’m especially proud of the investments that support our essential workers who work tirelessly, and at their peril, to keep us healthy and safe. I am grateful for Senator Friedman’s continued partnership as we work together for Burlington.
The bill includes $ 600,000 in direct funding to the City of Burlington, including:
• $ 150,000 for the Burlington Public School System to develop a pilot program, in partnership with local primary care practices, to provide primary health care services to low-income children enrolled in public schools.
• $ 150,000 for the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce to support local business programming and membership.
• $ 100,000 for Burlington for the creation of a pocket park in the city center.
• $ 100,000 to People Helping People, Inc. for the maintenance of a pantry in Burlington.
• $ 100,000 to improve air quality at the Burlington Fire Department head office.