BOSTON (AP/WPRI) — Gov. Charlie Baker announced a $774 million plan Thursday that he said will help stabilize the state’s economy as Massachusetts continues to grapple with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The plan includes $115 million for local businesses that have been particularly hard hit by virus restrictions, especially in the early days of the pandemic.
“These businesses and workers that make up our downtowns are owned and operated by many of our friends and neighbors. They need our help and the need is significant,” Baker said. “We can all do our part by continuing to buy, shop and dine locally.”
The plan also includes money to help stabilize housing, including preserving affordable housing, expand workforce training programs, expand broadband access particularly in the western part of the state and generate new economic development.
About $175 million of the package needs legislative approval, Baker said.
Massachusetts Department of Health reported 986 newly reported coronavirus cases on Thursday, and 30 additional death.