“Massachusetts prides itself in being the hub of innovation,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “I think these new industries represent that economy. There’s probably an inclination to spend some time and attention on them.”
Eileen P. McAnney, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the state’s current budget woes call the fund into question. “It may be time to take another look at whether it makes sense to continue this funding,” she said.
The bill now sits in the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, which continues to hear testimony from scores of witnesses on all sides of the issue, from National Grid to Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and dozens of renewable energy proponents.