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Public hearing set for Gov. Baker’s jobs, development bill

April 3, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are preparing to hear from the public on a major economic development bill proposed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.

The bill would authorize up to $918 million in capital funding for a series of initiatives including cleaning up contaminated properties, redeveloping financially strapped municipalities known as Gateway Cities and promoting what’s been called “smart growth” housing.

Baker says the bill would spur job growth and boost the economy by helping to train workers and investing in new technologies.

The bulk of the authorization — about $500 million — would go toward the state’s MassWorks program, which helps local communities and other public entities with infrastructure grants to support economic development and job creation.

The bill will be discussed Tuesday during a hearing before the Legislature’s Economic Development Committee.

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