Senator Sal DiDomenico and his colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature passed $627 million in funding for a sweeping economic recovery and development bill, providing critical support to businesses, investments in infrastructure, and creation of new jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill was signed into law on January 14, 2021.
An Act Enabling Partnerships for Growth is a COVID-19 relief and recovery package that provides support to the restaurant and tourism sectors, small businesses, and those who have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The bill also creates a Future of Work Commission, establishes protections for student loan borrowers, and ushers in zoning reforms to encourage affordable housing development in our communities.
Senator Sal DiDomenico was recently honored by two organizations for his advocacy work on Beacon Hill.
The national anti-hunger campaign No Kid Hungry recently named DiDomenico as a 2020 Breakfast Hero contest recipient and he was recently named as a 2020 Legislative Reception Award honoree by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and the Massachusetts Association of Jewish Federations (MAJF).
Last week, the Massachusetts Legislature overwhelmingly passed Senator Sal DiDomenico’s bill to fight childhood hunger and boost participation rates in school breakfast programs in schools with high percentages of students from low-income families in the Commonwealth. The bill, An Act regarding breakfast after the bell, would require all public K 12 schools with 60 percent or more students eligible for free or reduced-price meals under the federal National School Lunch Program to offer breakfast after the instructional day begins.
$2.5 M for Sweetser Circle improvements earmarked as part of package
Last week, Senator Sal DiDomenico and his colleagues in the Massachusetts State Senate passed a $17B transportation bond bill that will fund major transportation infrastructure projects across the Commonwealth in an effort to modernize, expand, and maintain our transportation system.
“This bill places an emphasis on regional equity and accessibility when it comes to transportation, something that is much needed at a time like this,” stated Senator Sal DiDomenico. “Equal access to transportation is intrinsically connected with equal access to economic opportunity, and this bill seeks to increase this accessibility through major infrastructure improvements while also creating jobs to help those populations who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and plagued by economic uncertainty.”
Within the bill, Senator DiDomenico successfully secured funding for his district by facilitating the inclusion of language that allocated $108M for transportation improvements in the West End of Boston by relocating a portion of Storrow Drive and its access ramps to Charles circle. In addition, Senator DiDomenico filed several amendments that were adopted into the final bill, including $2.5M to assist with improvements to the Sweetser Circle section of Everett.