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Armory Street bridges in Springfield highlighted in repair announcement

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Congressman Neal announced $1.1 billion in funding for bridges in Massachusetts as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Congressman Richard Neal, Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, was joined with Mayor Domenic Sarno and Springfield Department of Public Works Director Chris Cignoli to announce that Massachusetts will receive $1.1 billion over the next 5 years to support bridg...

Springfield preps 15 projects eyeing Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding championed by US Rep. Richard Neal

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SPRINGFIELD — The city and state are prepping about 15 local projects totaling about $200 million, eyeing funds from the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed in November with a significant push from U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal. The bill allows the state Department of Transportation to move the long-sought reconfiguration of the “Longmeadow Curve” on Interstate 91 into preliminary desig...

A deal with implications for passenger rail was rejected last year but gets a new hearing Thursday. Elected officials weigh in

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NORTH ADAMS — Though a federal board rejected a proposed railroad merger last year, the deal, which has implications for Western Massachusetts passenger rail projects and freight service, gets a new hearing Thursday. CSX Corp., a Jacksonville, Fla.-based freight rail company, submitted a revised bid to acquire Pan Am Railways, which co-owns the line that operates freight through the Hoosac Tunnel ...

Lawmakers hear testimony from dozens affected by pyrrhotite

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WESTERN MASS. – More than two dozen people told the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture stories of losing their life savings, safety and homes to the wide-spread problem of crumbling foundations. Some residents teared up during the Jan. 4 virtual hearing while testifying to the committee that the equity in their homes evaporated overnight, and with it, plans to retire...

Massachusetts receives record $307M in heating assistance as temperatures fall and fuel prices rise

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Massachusetts has a record $307.5 million in federal home heating assistance money available because through the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed in March. The White House reported this week that Massachusetts’ $307.5 million share is more than double the Bay State’s normal $120.5 million appropriation for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Those interested should app...

Infusion of American Rescue Plan money boosts Mass. fuel aid program

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Massachusetts is getting a record $307.5 million in federal home heating aid this fiscal year thanks to a major infusion from the American Rescue Plan Act, members of the state’s Congressional delegation announced. In addition to an annual appropriation of $120.5 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding for Massachusetts, the federal government is also providing $187.1...

Democrats Say It’s Time To ‘Cut A Deal’ And Salvage Build Back Better

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With much of their agenda stalled, Democrats vowed to pick up the pieces of their broken Build Back Better bill and figure out what they can pass, even if that means drastically cutting the size and scope of the legislation’s ambitious social spending and climate programs. “What we need to do now is to cut a deal — a principled deal — that spends whatever money we do spend, [and] spends it wisely,...

Legislators working to protect homeowners

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The Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture (ENRA) convened to hear testimony on a series of bills. Among the legislation is S. 548, An Act relative to crumbling concrete foundations. The bill was filed by state Sen. Anne M. Gobi (D-Spencer), with broad support across the legislature. Crumbling concrete foundations have been linked to a naturally occurring mineral, py...

McGovern, Neal reflect on Jan. 6, warn of ongoing attacks on democratic rights

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NORTHAMPTON — Congressman Jim McGovern, D-Worcester, was a firsthand witness to the events of Jan. 6, 2021, when a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol Building in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. “It was a coup. An attempted coup. That almost succeeded,” McGovern said. “I still look back at horror on that day. Yet McGovern doesn’t consider Jan. 6 to just be a horrify...

What the Biden infrastructure bill could mean for public transportation in Mass.

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The recently passed $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure bill that will bring Massachusetts up to $2.8 billion in the next five years is slated to enhance public transportation in the state, but how the money will be allocated remains up in the air. One popular idea among officials is fare-free public transportation. For example, the Worcester Regional Transit Authority decided this month to exten...

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