Governor Deval Patrick's Budget Recommendation - House 1 Fiscal Year 2014

Housing and Economic Development


Programs targeted to increase the availability and quality of homes, jobs, and goods in the Commonwealth through effective business development, regulation, consumer services, and community development.

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Business Development

Program

Description
Business Development Programs targeted to support the viability and success of businesses in the Commonwealth through direct promotion, incentives, financing, and other supports.
Building and Expanding Industries and Businesses For the purpose of attracting new businesses and expanding existing businesses by engaging with manufacturers to build a strategy that promotes trade and investment, achieves cost savings, and identifies new sales opportunities.
Business Marketing and Promotion For the purpose of ensuring the Commonwealth is a prime tourist destination for both domestic and foreign travelers through comprehensive marketing programs.
Cultural Development and Preservation For the purpose of providing support to music, the arts and other cultural activities through education, research, and conservation programs.
Financing, Loans, and Tax Credit Programs For the purpose of providing incentives to individuals and businesses to invest in and operate within Massachusetts.
Local Tourism Promotion For the purpose of developing regional advertising, public relations, brochures, and other marketing incentives, offering information about attractions, accommodations, events, restaurants, retail, networking, and other tourism businesses.

Business Regulation, Licensing, and Enforcement

Program

Description
Business Regulation, Licensing, and Enforcement Programs targeted to establish and apply business rules and regulations across a diverse set of goods and services.
Alcoholic Beverage Regulation For the purpose of licensing and enforcement of state and federal liquor laws within the Commonwealth through uniform control over the sale, purchase, transportation, manufacture, consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages in the state.
Bank and Financial Service Licensing and Regulation For the purpose of conducting safety and soundness, community reinvestment act, and/or compliance examinations of state-chartered banks, credit unions, and all licensed financial entities including debt collectors and mortgage loan originators to ensure a sound, competitive, and accessible financial services environment.
Gaming Licensing and Enforcement For the purpose of regulation and licensing of gaming entities in a fair and transparent manner while promoting the public's welfare by safeguarding the Commonwealth against corrupt and dishonest practices.
Home Improvement Contractor Licensing and Enforcement For the purpose of licensing Home Improvement Contractors, advising homeowners with contractor complaints of their options, and conducting arbitration and enforcement hearings as well as administering the "Home Improvement Guaranty Fund" to provide restitution to consumers unable to collect from arbitration awards or court judgments.
Non-Health Related Insurance Regulation For the purpose of licensing insurance companies, insurance producers and other market participants to ensure fiscally sound companies, including conducting audits, examining market conduct, analyzing financial reports to ensure actuarially sound practices and taking action against companies or individuals as necessary.
Occupational Schools and Professional Services Licensure and Enforcement For the purpose of ensuring that professionals meet and maintain standards pursuant to regulations by investigating complaints, conducting enforcement hearings and issuing sanctions to protect consumers and maintain a fair and competitive marketplace.
Telecommunications and Cable Regulations For the purpose of regulating the telecommunications and cable industries to ensure that consumers receive quality service at reasonable rates by promoting competition, maintaining and enforcing consumer protection, and providing input into the development of industry related policies.
Utility Regulation For the purpose of regulating utility industries to ensure that consumers receive quality service at reasonable rates by promoting competition, maintaining and enforcing consumer protection, and providing input into the development of industry related policies.
Weights and Measures Licensing and Enforcement For the purpose of protecting consumers by enforcing laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to weights and measures and item pricing through state wide inspections and testing of businesses such as motor fuel resellers, auto damage repair shops, hawkers and peddlers, transient vendors, promoters and auctioneers.

Consumer Services and Education

Program

Description
Consumer Services and Education Programs targeted to protect and inform consumers through advocacy and education.
Banks Consumer Services and Education For the purpose of educating consumers about credit and basic banking services by answering consumer questions and investigating complaints regarding regulated or licensed financial entities as well as obtaining voluntary stays of foreclosure, administration of foreclosure databases and participation in foreclosure workshops.
Non-Health Related Insurance Consumer Services and Education For the purpose of assisting consumers in issue resolution by responding to consumer inquiries and investigating complaints against insurers, agents and other licensees. This program also provides consumers with insurance information through print and electronic outreach and forums to educate consumers on their options and rights as policyholders.
Omnibus Consumer Services and Education For the purpose of protecting consumers through consumer advocacy, education and numerous outreach activities by maintaining websites and hosting a toll-free hotline for all consumer inquiries and complaints as well as working to ensure that banks, insurance companies and other entities regulated by the Commonwealth treat consumers fairly.
Telecom and Cable Consumer Services and Education For the purpose of assisting consumers in issue resolution by responding to consumer inquiries, investigating complaints against providers, and mediating resolution of billing issues.

Housing and Community Development

Program

Description
Housing and Community Development Programs targeted to ensure the availability of public and affordable housing including emergency and specialty housing services to individuals and families in need.
Affordable Housing Development For the purpose of subsidizing and assisting developers who produce and preserve privately-owned affordable housing in the Commonwealth including augmenting state subsidy programs, federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits, HOPE VI and CHOICE Neighborhoods programs that rebuild federally owned public housing developments.
Community Development and Stabilization For the purpose of supporting physical planning for Massachusetts neighborhoods, cities, towns and regions while investing in communities, community-action services and operations that serve low-income residents of the Commonwealth.
Dormitory Services for Veterans For the purpose of providing staffed beds in a safe and secure community environment for veterans in need including access and referral to support services, medical care, nutritional services under the supervision of on-site physicians, registered nurses, licensed social workers, and case managers working in collaboration with the federal Veterans Administration.
Emergency Housing Assistance For the purpose of providing stabilization services to prevent homelessness, provide emergency shelter, and assist individuals and families in securing permanent housing; including advocacy, information, referral, career counseling, and education services.
Public Housing Construction For the purpose of funding the construction, renovation, capital improvement, and deferred maintenance of the Commonwealth's public housing network.
Public Housing Operations and Maintenance For the purpose of providing housing in units that are managed by Public Housing Authorities for the Commonwealth's most vulnerable residents, including low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities.
Rental Assistance For the purpose of administering voucher programs for persons of low income to rent apartments that are not in public housing developments, including the Federal Section 8 Choice Voucher program, Massachusetts Rental Voucher program, and the Alternative Housing Voucher program for persons with disabilities.

Economic Development General Operations

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Description
Economic Development General Operations Programs targeted to support statewide economic development operations which are shared across multiple programs or agencies and cannot be allocated to specific programmatic areas.
Economic Development Central Administration For the purpose of providing housing and economic development business operations that support multiple programs and cannot be allocated to specific programmatic areas. Activities may include executive oversight, developing strategic plans, giving policy guidance, and other miscellaneous support functions.
Economic Development Contracts and Legal Services For the purpose of providing housing and economic development contract and legal services that support multiple programs and cannot be allocated to specific programmatic areas. Activities may include general counsel, contract development, document review, claims defense and prosecution, and negotiation and mediation.
Economic Development Human Resources For the purpose of providing human resource management for housing and economic development that supports multiple programs and cannot be allocated to specific programmatic areas. Activities may include hiring, recruiting, training, collective bargaining, employee evaluations, and professional development.
Economic Development IT For the purpose of managing and supporting the housing and economic development technology infrastructure including technical support for multiple programs that cannot be allocated to specific programmatic areas. Activities may include software development, application hosting, communication systems, data processing, and security services.
Economic Development Planning, Accounting, and Finance For the purpose of providing housing and economic development financial management, processing, and tracking that support multiple programs and cannot be allocated to specific programmatic areas. Activities may include budget development, grants management, transaction processing, financial reporting, and long range planning.


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