For immediate release: March 31, 2015

(BOSTON) — On Wednesday, March 25th State Representative Mark J. Cusack joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to approve legislation that authorized the Commonwealth to borrow $200 million that will be dedicated to municipally owned roads and bridges.  The House of Representatives acted quickly to approve this funding in response to the unprecedented winter that the Commonwealth endured.  This action ensures that cities and towns across Massachusetts can make the most out of the upcoming construction season and address the serious damages caused by this winter’s storms.

“Braintree, like most cities and towns across the State, spent an overwhelming amount of money this winter on snow removal operations to keep our residents safe,” said Representative Cusack.  “The House of Representatives realized that quick action on State funding was necessary to ensure that our local roads receive the attention they rightfully deserve so that streets can be repaved and we can continue progress on the 100 Roads Program.”

Under this legislation, Braintree is slated to receive $991,546 in Chapter 90 funding.  This funding is in addition to $149,765 Braintree can receive under the recently created Winter Recovery Assistance Program, and $499,216 in Chapter 90 funding that Representative Cusack and his colleagues voted to be released in FY15, but was refused by the Patrick Administration.  The Baker Administration released this additional Chapter 90 funding upon taking office.