Senator Joan B. Lovely
State Senator
2nd Essex District


November 4, 2022


Investments support long-term economic health and prepares Massachusetts for new economic challenges

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Legislature on Thursday passed a wide-ranging $3.76 billion relief package to provide targeted energy assistance, support ongoing transportation needs, and invest in the state’s small businesses, caregivers, health care system, affordable housing, and efforts to fight climate change.

“This compromise legislation makes critical investments to ease the financial burden facing individuals and families, puts money back in taxpayers’ pockets and helps prepare our economic landscape for new challenges,” said Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). “I am proud of the significant investments made to assist residents with rising utility costs, boost affordable housing production, support our health care system, keep our climate goals on track and stabilize the early education and childcare sectors. We also take meaningful steps to ensure a record $3 billion in tax relief payments for taxpayers, the most ever in state history, is paid for. I am grateful to House Speaker Mariano, Chairs Rodrigues, Michlewitz, Lesser and Cusack, their staffs and my colleagues in Senate and House for their work on this legislation. I look forward to seeing it quickly signed into law.”

“I am pleased to join my colleagues in the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives to pass an economic development package to support our families, residents and businesses,” said Senator Joan B. Lovely (D-Salem). “The comprehensive spending bill will strengthen our Commonwealth’s economic stability and makes investments in key industries, including $45 million to support the construction of the offshore wind port in Salem. Thank you to Senate President Karen Spilka, Senate Ways and Means Chair Michael Rodrigues, Senator Eric Lesser, conferees for working alongside our House counterparts to get this compromise bill to the Governor’s desk.”

Senator Joan Lovely was proud to work alongside Representatives Paul Tucker, Jerry Parisella, Sally Kerans and Thomas Walsh to secure funding for the Second Essex District in the final economic development bill:

  • $45 million for offshore wind port infrastructure improvements to the City of Salem;
  • $1 million for Plummer Youth Promise in Salem to upgrade buildings and facilities;
  • $10,000 for increased staffing at Salem Alliance for the Environment;
  • $100,000 for traffic mitigation measures related to the Hall-Whitaker bridge closure in Beverly;
  • $200,000 for the installation of solar panels at Beverly High School and other municipal properties;
  • $300,000 to alleviate flooding in the area around Jordan Street and adjoining neighborhoods in Beverly;
  • $20,000 for the Danvers Community Council, Inc.; and
  • $30,000 for the Haven From Hunger food program in Peabody.

“This is a game changer for the families and youth served by Plummer Youth Promise,” said Nicole McLaughlin, Plummer’s Executive Director in response to the funding allocation for Plummer. “Our new campus will not only provide dignified living for youth in state care, but it will also serve as a powerful tool to propel them safely and quickly back to family by creating a trauma-informed environment that promotes healing and relationship building. We are proud to have the confidence of Senator Lovely and other local leaders as we work every day to set a higher standard of residential foster care not only here in Massachusetts but across the country while restoring Plummer’s historic 1867 campus to its full glory.”

“The agreement reached by the Senate and House conferees and passed by the Legislature today is a comprehensive relief package that supports our state’s long-term economic health and responsibly closes the books on fiscal year 2022, while positioning us to meet new challenges facing our Commonwealth’s economy,” said Senator Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport), Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “Thank you to Senate President Spilka for her steadfast leadership and support, Senators Lesser and O’Connor for their contributions as my fellow conferees, Chair Michlewitz and the House conferees for their partnership, and to my colleagues in the Senate for their input that helped us to finally getting this bill across the finish line. Because of the advocacy of each Senator, this conference committee report reflects our commitment to provide much-needed breathing room for families and individuals facing rising costs and facing the pinch of inflation, while making targeted investments to stimulate sectors of our economy during this uncertain time.”

“Today we put forward a final economic development and tax relief package that will address many of the pressing concerns families face in Massachusetts and empower the modern worker,” said Senator Eric P. Lesser, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. “With each passing year, it is getting harder and harder to plant down roots in our state with skyrocketing housing costs, rising inflation, and an economy that is increasingly dependent on innovation and new technology. This legislation helps us meet that moment and empower the worker of the future with significant investments in housing, job training, downtown revitalization, and climate resiliency. I am grateful to my colleagues for working together to craft a final bill that will alleviate those stresses for residents and encourage our Commonwealth to think big about our future.

In addition to $3.76 billion in direct investments, this compromise legislation ensures that the Commonwealth responsibly pays for the historic $3 billion one-time tax relief that will be returned to an estimated three million taxpayers over the coming weeks. Combined, this $6.76 billion in tax relief and direct investments will provide much-needed breathing room for families, small businesses and individuals feeling the pinch of inflation. Notably, the bill closes the books on Fiscal Year 2022 and dedicates $500 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), leaving a balance of $1.74 billion in federal resources for future use.


Over $1.4 billion invested to support health and human services programs, including:

  • $350 million for hospitals that have become fiscally strained during the pandemic
  • $225 million for rate increases for human service workers and providers
  • $200 million for COVID-19 response efforts
  • $195 million for nursing facilities and rest homes
  • $80 million for Community Health Centers
  • $20 million to reduce gun violence and related trauma throughout the Commonwealth, including:
    • $3 million for a grant program to support school safety infrastructure improvements
    • $2 million to provide behavioral health-related supports and resources in schools to reduce instances of gun violence
  • $20 million to bridge impending federal cuts to Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) programs and maintain critical victim service programs
  • $17.5 million for reproductive and family planning services
  • $14 million for facilities that treat individuals with an alcohol or substance use disorder in the Commonwealth
  • $5 million to support harm reduction efforts and services to address substance use disorder in the Commonwealth
  • $2.5 million for grants to support the nursing workforce talent pipeline

$540 million invested to support clean energy and climate resiliency initiatives, including:

  • $250 million to accelerate and support clean energy initiatives, including:
    • $100 million to promote and accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, through the MOR-EV program as well as supports for the expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure
    • $100 million for ports and port infrastructure to support the clean energy economy
    • $50 million for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to accelerate the transition to and expansion of renewable energy
  • $175 million for the conservation and improvement of publicly owned lands and investments in green spaces, with an emphasis on investments in environmental justice communities
  • $115 million for the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust, including:
    • $15 million for planning and implementing water pollution abatement project in watersheds designated as nitrogen sensitive areas

$409.5 million invested to support affordable housing, including:

  •  $304.5 million to support and boost housing production, including:
    • $100 million for the Commonwealth Builder Program to support the production of for-sale, below market housing to expand homeownership opportunities for first-time homebuyers and socially disadvantaged individuals in communities disproportionately impacted by the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic
    • $100 million for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund established to support the creation and preservation of affordable housing
    • $100 million to support the production of workforce housing
  • $50 million for the Equitable Developers Financing Program to support the development of new housing in certain underserved communities
  • $25 million for regional low-threshold housing to support individuals experiencing homelessness or housing instability and who struggle with substance use disorder
  • $20 million for housing options and additional support services and resources to address the needs of immigrants and refugees
  • $10 million for public housing redevelopment

Over $500 million invested to support early education, economic development, workforce development and community support initiatives, including:

  • $153 million for small businesses grant relief, including $45M for minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses.
  •  $150 million for early education and care providers through the continuation of the Commonwealth Cares for our Children (C3) stabilization grant program, including $60 million for subsidized providers.
  • $112 million to support the MBTA’s ongoing efforts to address the Federal Transportation Administration’s staffing and safety directives
  •  $100 million for the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust fund to offset estimated overpayments made during the course of the pandemic
  • $75 million for investments in broadband infrastructure and access across the Commonwealth
  • $57 million for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), ensuring relief to families facing rising energy costs.
  • $50 million to promote the attainment of debt-free higher education for students pursuing careers in high-demand industries, such as health care, education, and cybersecurity
  • $25 million for food security infrastructure grants
  • $12 million to support the agricultural and blue economy sectors
  • $2.5 million for computer science teacher development

The bill now goes to the Governor for further consideration.