Bloomberg Law
July 24, 2019, 9:06 PM

Massachusetts House Backs $1.3 Billion for Climate Resiliency

Adrianne Appel
Adrianne Appel
Staff Correspondent

The Massachusetts governor and House speaker are headed for a showdown over whether to tax or borrow around $1 billion they agree is needed for towns to fortify themselves against climate change.

Officials agree that the coastal state—with 370 miles of sea walls and three large rivers, including the Connecticut—needs to get funding out to towns and cities to strengthen infrastructure against heavy rains, floods, large snowfalls, and winds, but how to fund it is a sticking point.

The House passed 158-0 a bill (H. 3987) July 24 by Speaker Robert DeLeo (D) to issue bonds for about ...