Serving the 9th Essex District -
Precincts 1, 2,3,7 in Wakefield,
Precincts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 in Saugus,
and Ward 1, Precincts 1, 2 in Lynn
State Representative Donald H. Wong, (front row, right) was among the legislators who were at the State House when Governor Charlie Baker recently signed into law An Act relative to housing, operations, military service, and enrichment, known as the HOME Act. This new law includes a provision sponsored by Representative Wong that gives communities across the Commonwealth the option of establishing a Veterans relief fund to assist their local veterans, using revenues generated through a voluntary donation check-off box included on their municipal real estate and excise tax forms. The idea is modeled after similar programs Representative Wong sponsored on behalf of the towns of Wakefield and Saugus.
Following the signing, Representative Wong said. “I’m proud to support our veterans, and I thank them for their service to our country.”
BOSTON – State Representative Donald H. Wong, R-Saugus, has endorsed a comprehensive economic development bill aimed at creating and retaining jobs in the Commonwealth and supporting critical infrastructure investments.
House Bill 4569, An Act relative to job creation and workforce development, passed the House of Representatives on a vote of 156-0 on July 31. The bill – which authorizes $1.02 billion in borrowing over the next 5 years – is now on Governor Charlie Baker’s desk awaiting his signature.
“The economic development bill provides funding for a variety of programs covering everything from workforce training and infrastructure improvements to housing development and brownfields remediation,” said Representative Wong. “These targeted investments will go a long way towards creating new jobs and improving the state’s economy.”
The bond bill includes $500 million for the recapitalization of the MassWorks infrastructure program, which serves as a “one stop shopping” program for cities and towns seeking public infrastructure funding to support economic development and job creation. Funding from this program can be used to pay for a variety of projects, including city and town center revitalization, mill redevelopment, multi-family or small lot single-family residential development, and transportation improvements that enhance roadway safety in small, rural communities.
To encourage families to save money for higher education costs, the bill provides a tax incentive program allowing for deductions on contributions to a prepaid tuition or college savings program, also known as 529 plans. Single filers, married taxpayers who file separate returns, and those filing as heads of household will be able to claim a deduction of up to $1,000, while married taxpayers filing jointly will be able to claim a deduction of up to $2,000.
In addition, the bill includes language allowing fantasy sports contests in Massachusetts between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2018 in accordance with the regulations set forth by Attorney General Maura Healey. It also establishes a commission to study the regulation of fantasy contests, including the implications for existing gaming in the Commonwealth, and sets a deadline of July 31, 2017 for the commission to submit its final report and recommendations to the Legislature.