MASS. - The Baker-Polito Administration announced its Fiscal Year 2022 Capital Plan on Monday, a $2.655 billion plan with prioritized investments in housing, transportation, climate resiliency, health and human services, and education.

“As Massachusetts emerges from the pandemic, our FY22 Capital Plan aims to strengthen and modernize infrastructure throughout the Commonwealth in ways that promote opportunity,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “These meaningful investments will encourage economic growth and strengthen existing initiatives around housing, climate resiliency, health and human services, and food security – critical priorities that have proven even more important as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.”  

FY22 investment highlights include:

  • $3.9 million for River Revitalization and Riverine Habitat Restoration. This funding advances river and wetland restoration projects, such as the Tel-Electric Dam removal on the West Branch of the Housatonic River in Pittsfield. 

  • $485,000 for a partial renovation of the Medical School Building at UMass Medical to create collaborative spaces for integrated teaching and learning (total state bond investment of $6.1 million)

  • $150,000 for a renovation at Quinsigamond Community College to create an innovation center for advanced manufacturing and robotics (total state bond investment of $25 million)

  • Funding for the Commonwealth’s share of costs for the redevelopment of the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, a major project to construct a state-of-the-art facility for veterans

  • $3.5 million for Greening the Gateway Cities which has already planted nearly 30,000 trees and has a goal of planting at least 20,000 more trees over the next four years.

  • $5 million for the new Protective Fire Equipment Grant Program which provides direct assistance to municipalities to ensure access to safe and reliable firefighter equipment

  • $4 million for the new Municipal Body-Worn Camera Grant Program

Five-year capital investment plan highlights include nearly $6 million allotted for the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office to renovate Building 8 Warehouse and to replace the medical and intake unit.

“We are continuing to invest in local cities and towns in order to support the ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “By providing capital funding for education, public safety, information technology, and other infrastructure projects, we can help reinvigorate the economy and ensure Massachusetts has a bright and prosperous future.”

To view the full FY22 Capital Plan, click here..