Date: 06/14/2021
  • Charles D. Baker, Governor
  • Karyn E. Polito, Lieutenant Governor

The Baker-Polito Administration is pleased to release its seventh Capital Investment Plan (“capital plan”), which provides a total of $2.655 billion for capital investments throughout Massachusetts in Fiscal Year 2022 (“FY22”). As the Commonwealth focuses on ending the COVID-19 pandemic and supporting the economic recovery, this FY22 capital plan continues funding critical priorities that have proven even more important throughout this crisis, including housing, food security, health and human services, and economic development, while making new investments to promote growth and opportunity that will power Massachusetts forward into the post-pandemic world.

Charting a pathway into the future, the Administration will support five new major projects at public higher education campuses that focus on facilities needs in a post-pandemic world, especially in lab and sciences spaces. These new capital investments include a significant renovation project at Bridgewater State University which is creating a centralized home for the College of Education and Health Sciences.

The FY22 Capital Plan funds the Commonwealth’s share of costs for the redevelopment of the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, a major project to construct a state-of-the-art facility for veterans. To ensure the economic vitality of Massachusetts, the plan funds key investments from the recently signed Economic Development Bond Bill, including substantial support for neighborhood downtowns and critical housing needs. The plan maintains flexibility by supporting existing short, medium, and long-term investments and funding new initiatives in order to encourage economic development and a higher quality of life amid the recovery from the public health emergency.

The funding detailed in this FY22 plan will complement the more than $100 billion awarded to Massachusetts residents, businesses, and governments throughout the public health emergency to address both the response and the recovery from the pandemic. The vast majority of this funding has flowed directly to businesses, individuals, non-profits, and unemployment insurance in Massachusetts.

In total, the Commonwealth exercises some level of discretion over approximately $15.6 billion of this federal funding, notably the $2.5 billion in Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars received through the CARES Act. These Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars have supported numerous key priorities consistent with federal guidelines, as for example, $750 million of this funding has been transferred to other governments and $780 million has been allocated for economic assistance.

Also included in the $15.6 billion total is the $5.3 billion in direct federal aid the Commonwealth has received through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to support a range of initiatives, including infrastructure investments that will leverage municipal funding to maximize impact. ARPA is also providing a total of $3.4 billion in direct aid for municipalities throughout Massachusetts, as well as substantial funding for key priorities including a total of $2.6 billion for housing and economic development initiatives, $1.1 billion for transit, $315 million in child care stabilization funding, and $200 million in Child Care Development and Block Grant funding.

The FY22 plan continues providing significant resources for information technology, public safety, and education. The Administration also continues to partner with cities and towns throughout Massachusetts by investing in local infrastructure and funding programs including those designed to support local law enforcement and ensure accountability and responsibility.

Since taking office, the Administration has focused on improving transportation systems across Massachusetts, and the FY22 plan continues our efforts to ensure residents and workers have access to safe, robust, and reliable travel options. The plan maintains support for the MBTA and projects such as South Coast Rail while also funding new transportation initiatives from the Transportation Bond Bill including the Local Bottleneck Program, the Municipal Pavement Program, and the Next Generation Bridge program.

The FY22 capital plan also furthers the Administration’s efforts to promote climate resiliency and protect the Commonwealth’s natural environment. Working closely with state and local partners, the Administration continues to champion several measures to prepare for and minimize the impacts of climate change, including continued support for initiatives such as Greening the Gateway Cities, land protection and stormwater management.

Our fiscally responsible capital plan is the result of close coordination with key stakeholders as we all work to identify and address critical infrastructure needs. The Administration remains committed to supporting the capital needs of the Commonwealth in a financially disciplined manner and promoting a responsible usage of taxpayer resources.

We are pleased to release this purposeful and strategic plan and continue working collaboratively through many strong relationships across state government to ensure Massachusetts has a bright and prosperous future.

Sincerely,

Lieutenant Governor