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Beacon Hill puts tax relief on hold

The Massachusetts legislature ended its formal sessions on Monday August 1, 2022 without reaching a deal to pass a multi-billion dollar economic development bill.

Rarely applied tax cap law stalls deal on economic development bill

The Massachusetts legislature ended its two-year formal session Monday with billions of dollars left on the table when lawmakers failed to pass an economic development bill.

Money from this proposed legislation would have funded a myriad of state programs including housing development, infrastructure upgrades, and job training. Millions would have gone back to local communities through earmarks and competitive grants.

There was also tax relief. The final bill had it passed would have made permanent changes to parts of the state tax code and make one-time payments of $250 to many individuals as soon as next month.

To discuss why the massive bill stalled at the finish line and the implications, WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Eileen McAnneny, President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.