January 24, 2019
Boston, Mass. – Today, Rep. Natalie Blais (1st Franklin) announced House passage of H.73, a “Resolve establishing the Massachusetts government assistance task force to address the statewide impacts of the 2018-2019 federal government shutdown.”
“I am thrilled that the House recognized the immediacy of this situation and brought this bill to the floor within a week of its filing,” said Blais. “In the face of a prolonged government shutdown, the Commonwealth must act quickly to ensure that its residents are held harmless.”
The mandate of the Massachusetts Government Assistance Task Force will be to proactively identify ways in which the Commonwealth can and must assist its residents and affected communities during and immediately following the shutdown.
The task force would convene within 5 business days upon approval of the legislation and would be charged with issuing a public report by February 1st that includes but is not limited to, an analysis of government programs impacted, how Massachusetts residents are affected, and the potential cost and economic impact to the commonwealth during a short term and long term shut down.