For Immediate Release - July 01, 2014

Governor Patrick Releases Capital Investment Plan, Builds On Proven Strategy To Create Growth And Opportunity

Capital Plan continues record investments in education, innovation and infrastructure

BOSTON – Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - Governor Deval Patrick today released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-2019 Capital Investment Plan, building on the Administration's successful efforts to stimulate job creation and support long-term economic growth by making record level investments in higher education, innovation and infrastructure projects.

“Investing in education, infrastructure and innovation is a proven strategy to create jobs and expand opportunity for the next generation,” said Governor Patrick. “The projects in this Plan will responsibly strengthen our Commonwealth for individuals, families and businesses now and in the future.”

The Patrick Administration has invested over $13 billion in capital projects designed to spur economic growth, improve public education, encourage growth industries, reduce our carbon footprint and rebuild the Commonwealth’s aging infrastructure.  The Plan invests a total $4.5 billion in FY 2015 in the Commonwealth’s public assets, including classrooms and academic buildings, roads and bridges, clean energy projects and public housing to support long-term economic growth and stimulate job creation. 

“This capital plan continues to reverse a generation of underinvestment in the Commonwealth, with transparency and fiscal responsibility,” said Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor.

“The Patrick Administration’s capital plans have more than doubled capital investment in the Commonwealth, while achieving the highest bond ratings in the state’s history,” said Undersecretary of Administration and Finance Scott Jordan.

The Capital Investment Plan reflects the Patrick Administration’s continued commitment to fiscal responsibility and transparency.  In 2008, the Administration published the Commonwealth’s first-ever comprehensive capital investment plan providing residents detailed explanations and rationale behind project selection and spending decisions.  In addition, the Commonwealth’s first-ever debt affordability policy, established by the Patrick Administration and backed by a rigorous annual analysis, ensures current capital spending does not overburden future operating budgets.  The Patrick Administration’s commitment to fiscal responsibility has resulted in the Commonwealth’s highest-ever bond ratings, currently Aa1/AA+/AA+ by Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch, respectively.

The FY15 Capital Investment Plan continues the Administration’s investments in Education. Highlights include:

  • 15 new higher education projects at the University of Massachusetts and other State University and Community College campuses.
  • 17 new or ongoing community college projects expanding course offerings in the Commonwealth’s Gateway Cities.
  • New grants through the Early Education and Out of School Time Capital Fund to invest in substandard space that hosts licensed, not-for-profit early education or out of school programs across the Commonwealth.

The FY15 Capital Investment Plan continues the Administration’s investments in our Innovation Economy to support job creation and growth in Massachusetts. Highlights include:

  • $10 million for Research and Development Matching Fund Grants to provide grants to municipalities, quasi-public entities and non-profits to support economic development.
  • $10 million for Manufacturing Training Equipment Grants for the purchase of equipment to prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing at any Massachusetts Chapter 74 qualified high schools or institutions of public higher education.

The energy and environment investments made in the FY15 Capital Plan focus on the Administration’s goal of reducing our environmental impact and creating sustainable communities. Highlights include:

  • As part of Governor Patrick’s commitment to mitigating and preparing for the impacts of climate change, a $5 million tree planting program to enhance quality of life in three Gateway Cities and increase energy efficiency while also reducing urban heat island effects and $6 million in funding for shovel-ready coastal infrastructure projects that increase community resilience to sea level rise and other climate impacts.
  • Continuation of the Administration’s successful programs to create signature parks and urban playgrounds and spray parks, launched in FY14.  These parks will be constructed in selected cities, with the dual goals of bolstering economic development efforts and creating distinctive green space.

The FY15 Capital Investment Plan continues the Administration’s investments in Health and Human Services. Highlights include:

  • As part of the Bridgewater State Hospital (BSH) policy recommendations, an assessment of the feasibility of retrofitting an existing state facility or designing a new facility to accommodate individuals who require mental health treatment and clinical assessment in a medium-security setting. In addition, the capital plan also includes an infrastructure assessment of and improvements to BSH to develop appropriate spaces for patient de-escalation and rehabilitation.
  • Key improvements to health and human services facilities which provide critical services to veterans, children, people with mental illness and the people with developmental disabilities, such as the construction of three new, community-based group homes on the Templeton Developmental Center campus consistent with the Patrick Administration’s Community First policy; renovation to the exterior of the Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center in Boston’s South End; and critical life safety repairs and improvements at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home.

The FY15 Capital Investment Plan continues to make investments in low income housing development. Highlights include:

  • Increased investments in programs that support the production and preservation of affordable housing for low-income families and individuals; community-based housing for clients of the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
  • A $2.5 million increase in a program which funds the modification of homes of adults and children with disabilities.

Consistent with the priorities set out by the Patrick Administration in the FY14 Transportation Capital Investment Plan and supported by the 2013 Transportation Finance Legislation, work will continue on hundreds of transportation and infrastructure projects and programs initiated across the Commonwealth, resulting in over 20,000 direct construction jobs and access to high-quality transportation options for residents, and businesses. The FY15 - FY19 Capital Investment Plan continues the Administration’s proven strategy of job creation by making investments in the Commonwealth’s long-neglected transportation system. Examples include:

  • Construction of the Green Line Extension, enabling full service to Somerville;
  • The replacement of 43-year old Red Line vehicles and 31-year old Orange Line vehicles, as well as improvements to stations, tracks and signals;
  • Development of South Coast Rail, which will create a rail connection between Boston and Southeastern Massachusetts;
  • Implementation of diesel multiple unit service (DMU), expansion of the Silver Line to Chelsea and other improvements to bus, rail and subway services provided by the MBTA; and
  • Hundreds of local and regional highway projects, including the I-90 Springfield Viaduct, the 93/95 Interchange and various bikeway and bike paths.

For more information see attached “By the Numbers,” and for the full plan go to www.mass.gov/capital.

Patrick Administration Accomplishments by the Numbers

The Patrick Administration has responsibly invested over $13 B in capital projects in education, innovation and infrastructure, supporting long-term economic growth, creating thousands of jobs and building a better life for ourselves and our families. These investments, made within the limits of the debt affordability policy, achieved the following results for the Commonwealth:

  • 155 bridge projects completed, with another 29 bridge projects in construction, and an additional 15 bridge projects scheduled to start construction within the next calendar year through the Accelerated Bridge Program, reducing the number of structurally deficient bridges by over 23%.
  • Completion, construction or launch of one or more critical capital projects at all of the 29 UMass, state university and community college campuses, including 25 new buildings and 15 renovations. 
  • A 1,200 mile fiber-optic network connecting over 1,200 schools, libraries, town halls, public safety and health facilities in over 120 western and central Massachusetts communities.
  • 15 new libraries built and 10 underway to provide free public access to books and information.
  • 528 new cultural facilities grant awards, which has enriched our communities and attracted 16.8 million visitors.
  • 110,000 acres of open space conserved to protect, sustain and enhance our natural environment.
  • 90,000 acres of private forest land preserved for our descendants to enjoy.
  • Preservation of 20,000 acres of mountain peaks, wild rivers, and forests in ten unique intact ecosystems known as Habitat Reserves.
  • Over 170 parks, pools, rinks repaired, reconstructed, or built for our families to enjoy, including 44 DCR pools and 8 rinks.
  • 30 dams or seawalls reinforced, repaired or constructed to protect our communities.
  • An estimated $214 M invested by the MassWorks Infrastructure Program in 126 municipal infrastructure projects.
  • $100 M in Green Bonds sold to socially-conscious investors, which funds projects that reduce our impact on the environment.
  • 68 Accelerated Energy Projects launched at 265 sites.  These results keep the Commonwealth on pace to “green” 700 sites in 700 days, which is expected to achieve a projected annual savings of $43 M and reduce energy consumption by an amount large enough to power over 6,000 homes.  The projects will also result in a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction of over 78,000 metric tons, which equates to taking over 16,000 cars off the road.
  • Leveraging federal dollars and the bond market to produce $1.6 B in Water Pollution Abatement Trust projects and 382 loans to municipalities and creating an estimated 9,500 jobs.
  • 155 IT projects completed, which have allowed the Commonwealth to deliver additional state services more efficiently and effectively while using fewer state employees.
  • The replacement of 4 outdated, large institutional campuses serving Department of Developmental Services clients with in their place, and community housing options that have been created either through capital or leasing arrangements. 
  • Construction of the new $302 M Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital which was opened in 2012, providing 320 beds in an innovative plan that reflects the stages of recovery by using familiar environments, ranging from “house” to “neighborhood” to “downtown.” 
  • Completion of 5 new state-of-the-art multi-departmental court facilities, representing a total of 64 courtrooms.  Three additional court projects are underway, representing another 27 courtrooms.
  • $220 M in capital life science funding to ensure Massachusetts has the facilities needed to complete in the growing, cutting edge life science field.
  • 1,423 homes modified to increase accessibility/improve safety for households with persons with disabilities.
  • $592 M in funding through the Department of Housing and Community Development awarded to 445 projects in 137 cities and towns across the Commonwealth
  • Approximately 20,000 units developed or preserved, including homes modified for accessibility (18,294 units preserved or developed, and 1,423 homes modified). 
  • 38,000 units of public housing for individuals and families preserved.
  • 2,054 new police cruisers purchased and equipped to keep our roadways and residents safe.
  • Four new police helicopters deployed.
  • Two new state-of-the-art fire training facilities built to give our local fire departments the training they need to keep us safe.

 

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