Downing Denounces Beacon Hill’s Delay on ARPA Spending Bill

For Immediate Release:
November 15, 2021

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Downing Denounces Beacon Hill’s Delay on ARPA Spending Bill

Calls for swift execution on pandemic recovery priorities, the end of status quo complacency from Beacon Hill

East Boston – After the state legislature last night failed to pass a spending bill allowing for the distribution of federal American Rescue Plan Act funds before the close of formal session, former state senator, clean energy business leader, and current gubernatorial candidate Ben Downing today released the following statement:

“In Massachusetts and across the nation, American Rescue Plan Act dollars are essential to our work of recovering from and rebuilding after the devastating COVID-19 pandemic,” Downing stated. “Instead of moving swiftly to pass a spending bill allowing for the distribution of ARPA funds across the state, the legislature last night failed to deliver concrete relief to the people of the Commonwealth. This inability to execute before the close of formal session is typical of a Beacon Hill too often content with the status quo and a Governor all too eager to sit back and pass the buck once it’s too late for everyday residents.”

“Across the state, working-class families, small business owners, and essential workers struggling to make a livable wage need the relief ARPA funds will bring,” Downing continued. “More than that, though, they deserve state leadership that acts with urgency on pandemic recovery and key issues like transportation, housing, and climate action to build a Massachusetts that works for everyone. The business as usual approach to waiting until informal session to act on our most critical legislative priorities only ensures that the most transformational elements will be left on the chopping block. I call on state leadership to act with urgency and pass an ARPA spending bill that will allow for the targeted distribution of federal funds as soon as possible. The people of Massachusetts should not be kept waiting.”