06 / 26 / 2019
  - 11:06:07 AM
Seventy-one Percent Of The State's 351 Cities and Towns Have Now Received State Grants To Identify And Address Their Climate Change

By MyFM's Rick Michaels - Seventy-one percent of the state's 351 cities and towns have now received state grants to identify and address their climate change vulnerabilities, including several towns in the My-FM listening area.  The Baker administration announced it as awarded municipalities a total of $12 million.  Sixty-five communities received a total $1.7 million through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program for a planning process to identify vulnerabilities and "priority actions," while $10.3 million was distributed among 34 communities that have already completed the planning process and are ready to implement their resilience projects.  The planning grants ranged in size from $15,000 each for several towns and among them were Medway, Douglas and Norfolk. A bill filed by Gov. Charlie Baker that would raise the real estate transfer excise tax to fund municipal climate change projects had a hearing before the Revenue Committee last week, while the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee held a hearing on a similar bill filed by House Speaker Robert DeLeo that would borrow funds to pay for local projects

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