A press release from the Office of State Representative Will Crocker details the passage of legislation that authorizes state borrowing during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
House Passes Legislation to Ensure the Fiscal Health of the Commonwealth
BOSTON – During its first remote voting formal session today, Representative Will Crocker (R-Centerville) along with his colleagues in the House of Representatives passed legislation to authorize necessary state borrowing during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
“It was very humbling to be part of such an historic, albeit critical, event in the Massachusetts House of Representatives as we took a vote for the first time ever remotely,” said Representative Crocker. “The ability to be able to cast a vote while not under the Golden Dome was groundbreaking but very necessary, given the difficult times were are in. Government needs to go on. By passing this borrowing bill, we have ensured the fiscal health of the Commonwealth remains intact and our ability to maintain the services our constituents rely on continues.”
The legislation, An Act to Facilitate the Delay of the Income Tax Filing Deadline, authorizes the State Treasurer to borrow in anticipation of tax receipts by the end of Fiscal Year 2020 and to repay those sums by June 30, 2021. This action is necessary due to the delay in tax revenue as a result of the extended deadlines of income tax filings and payments to July 15, 2020, which were extended because of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The session, which included remote voting, was the first held following the passage of Emergency Rules enabling Members to vote and debate safely in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The bill will now go to the Senate.