Thursday, April 2, 2020

Tonight, The Massachusetts Legislature Passed A Bipartisan Bill to Provide Immediate Relief to Municipalities and Others During the Ongoing COVID-19 Crisis.

This legislation responds to a number of vitally important needs; it allows cities and towns across the Commonwealth to execute fundamental governance procedures including budgeting and permitting, it adds mechanisms to empower food and beverage providers to meet consumer needs, and it aligns our tax schedule with the federal extension. It is the product of bicameral and bipartisan collaboration fueled by our ardent efforts to support those impacted by this pandemic.

The bipartisan legislation extends the state income tax filing deadline for residents; addresses disruptions in tax collections and the permitting application process for municipalities; and allows licensed restaurants to sell certain alcoholic beverages for take-out and delivery, among other provisions.