Senate Passes American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Spending Bill

Investments focus on those hardest hit by COVID-19 and supporting the ongoing economic recovery

BOSTON (11/11/2021) – Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) joined her colleagues in the Massachusetts State Senate on Wednesday to unanimously pass a $3.82 billion spending bill that directs federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to assist in the Commonwealth’s ongoing COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts. The bill was passed with a particular focus on making equitable investments and ensuring that communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic are prioritized. Using this framework, the bill delivers targeted, transformational supports to critical sectors such as health care, mental and behavioral health, housing security, the environment, and workforce development.

“This historic spending bill will have a profound impact on our communities, especially those most impacted by the pandemic,” said Senator Friedman, Vice Chair of Senate Ways and Means. “I thank Senate President Spilka, Chair Rodrigues, and my Senate colleagues for using this bill to take meaningful action to address persistent issues plaguing our health care system and expand access to housing, food, and economic development opportunities. I am especially pleased to see many of my priorities included: a state-wide campaign to ensure everyone has health coverage and access to the COVID-19 vaccine, a pilot restoration center to divert people with mental illness and substance use disorder from our criminal justice system, and various municipal projects that will keep our communities safe and help them thrive.”

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