Early in the morning of January 6, 2021, the Legislature passed this economic development bill to to spur job growth and help businesses. The $626.5M economic development bill (H 5250) includes a version of Governor Charlie Baker's housing production proposal to lower the threshold for local boards to approve zoning bylaw changes to a simple majority. This has been a key part of his goal of creating 135,000 new units of housing by 2025 to ease the housing crunch, especially around Greater Boston.
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In addition, the final compromise bill capped the fees third-party delivery services can charge restaurants for their services at 15% of the price of the online order for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. The cap also only applies to restaurants with fewer than 25 locations.
The bill passed the House 143-4 at 4 am and cleared the Senate 40-0 at 4:15 am.
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