Gov. Baker’s climate change plan subject of public hearing

March 31, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — The public will have a chance to weigh in on a proposal by Gov. Charlie Baker to borrow $300 million to help Massachusetts prepare for climate change.

The money is included in a $1.4 billion bill that is the subject of a public hearing Tuesday at the Statehouse.

The Republican governor said the goal of the spending is to help residents, businesses and local cities and towns toughen their defenses against the impacts of a changing climate including extreme weather, sea level rise and inland flooding.

Some of the money would go to help repair dams and seawalls and develop other coastal resiliency strategies.

The bill would also authorize the borrowing of money for environmental protection — including tree planting and forest land protection programs — and other community investments.

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