Changes to transportation, education, housing, and healthcare could be coming to the western part of the state.
Legislators from western Massachusetts said they are eager to get to work on bills that will directly affect their constituents.
On Monday, four newly elected lawmakers laid out their policy objectives during a panel discussion at UMass Amherst. All are women representing districts in western Massachusetts.
Northampton State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa said she’s been working on a Medicaid for all plan due to the overwhelming number of complaints from her constituents regarding healthcare.
22News caught up with Pittsfield state Senator Adam Hinds to discuss his plan to make it easier for children get to school.
“I’m also the co-chair on a commission for school transportation reimbursement, so we’ll look at that from not just the perspective of regional schools but also municipal schools as well,” Senator Hinds said.
Senator Hinds is also sponsoring ‘a rural jobs act’ which re-invests in small businesses and small towns.
Joining his efforts to promote economic growth in the western part of the state is Longmeadow state senator Eric Lesser who is proposing a plan to pay Massachusetts residents to relocate and work in western Massachusetts.
“Ten thousand dollars per worker to have people move and build families and buy homes in western mass, to me feels like a really good bargain,” Senator Lesser said. “We’ve gotta do something to reverse the trends we’ve seen of an aging workforce, too many people are moving out of our communities and this is a great way to get new people in.”
And there is unanimous support among western Massachusetts legislators for the east-west rail study committee, which is looking to connect workers and businesses from Springfield to Boston.
The bill filing deadline has passed, but state lawmakers have until tomorrow to sponsor or co-sponsor the legislation.