September 07, 2023

In contest for federal funds, Mass. officials need $800 million more in state money to compete, report says

Matt Stout ,

The Boston Globe

“It’s something we have to do if we want to get what we can from these resources,” said Doug Howgate, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which is urging lawmakers to, among other things, use one-time resources that aren’t currently tied to specific spending. The report also suggests the Legislature give the Healey administration the flexibility to access funds outside the typical legislative process, which can be cumbersome and unpredictable.

“It’s a way for us to take the lead, compared to other regions, by having a more coordinated, thoughtful strategy that can be nimble,” Howgate said.