The House of Representatives has approved a comprehensive bond bill containing nearly $3 billion in capital authorizations to support a variety of local and statewide environmental initiatives.
House approves $3 billion environmental bond bill
Representative Crocker secures funding for Blish Point
BOSTON – The House of Representatives has approved a comprehensive bond bill containing nearly $3 billion in capital authorizations to support a variety of local and statewide environmental initiatives.
House Bill 4599, “An Act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity”, provides a five-year blueprint for environmental spending by the state. State Representative Will Crocker (R-Centerville) supported the bill, which passed the House on a vote of 143-3 on June 13.
During floor debate, Representative Crocker was successful in securing passage of an amendment that will provide $50,000 for restoration and sediment containment at Blish Point. This funding must still be approved by Governor Charlie Baker and worked under the state’s bond cap; therefore, there is no timetable for when the money will be released.
“This is just the first step in a very long process, but I’m pleased we were able to get the ball rolling by securing preliminary funding approval for this important project that will benefit the residents of Barnstable,” said Representative Crocker.
House Bill 4599 provides funding to help protect and maintain environmental resources across the state, including rivers and wetlands, as well as critical infrastructure such as dams, seawalls, jetties, and retaining walls. In addition to outlining new spending proposals, House Bill 4599 also reauthorizes a number of prior spending authorizations that were included in a 2014 environmental bond bill but never moved forward.
“I am very happy to be able to get this funding into the bond bill. This money will go a long way to help out a critical coastal erosion situation at Blish Point in Barnstable that has become all too evident due to the series of severe storms this winter,” said Representative Crocker.
The environmental bond bill now moves to the Senate for further action.