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$600 Million Economic Development Bill Advances In Massachusetts Legislature


   One of the major pieces of legislation still pending final approval in the waning days of the legislative session on Beacon Hill is an economic development bill.

    Republican Gov. Charlie Baker announced the legislation during a speech in March at a luncheon sponsored by the  Springfield Regional  Chamber of Commerce.

    The Democratic-controlled House and Senate have passed their own versions, which need to be reconciled by a conference committee into a final bill and voted on in both chambers before the July 31st midnight deadline.

     WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with state Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash about the legislation.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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