The Governor signed the Legislature’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) appropriations bill at the end of last year, to support the Commonwealth’s ongoing economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Bedford and Burlington were well represented in the benefits that were distributed from that federal funding.
The bill includes:
- $150,000 for the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce to support programming and membership for local businesses ‘
- $100,000 for Burlington for the creation of a pocket park in the town center
- $100,000 for People Helping People, Inc. for the maintenance of a food pantry in Burlington
- $100,000 for air quality improvements to the Burlington Fire Department headquarters
- $100,000 for the Bedford Food Pantry
- $150,000 for the Burlington public school system to develop a pilot program, in partnership with local primary care practices, to deliver primary care health services to low-income children enrolled in public schools.
- $75,000 for the Bedford Chamber of Commerce to support local small business
- $75,000 to for the implementation of Bedford’s Racial Equity Municipal Action Plan (REMAP)
- $1 million for Boston MedFlight, based at Hanscom Field
The bill will also allocate $500 million toward payments from $500 to $2,000 for lower-income essential workers who stayed on the job in-person during the COVID-19 state of emergency. These payments are expected to be sent out this month. The bill also includes $500 million to replenish the Unemployment Trust Fund which will offset businesses’ contributions for unemployment programs and $200 million in tax relief for small business.