Pearson’s bill to create municipal grant program passes Senate

Pearson’s bill to create municipal grant program passes Senate

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Senate has passed legislation introduced by Sen. Ryan William Pearson (D-Dist. 19, Cumberland, Lincoln) that would create the Rhode Island Municipal Infrastructure Grant Program.

The bill (2018-S 2239) would establish the program in the Department of Administration to issue grants and provide assistance for municipal and other public infrastructure projects that support job creation and expansion, housing development and rehabilitation, community development, and for the accommodation of future growth and redevelopment. Projects could include design, construction, building, land acquisition, rehabilitation, repair and other improvements to publicly owned infrastructure, including sewers, utility extensions, streets, parking, water treatment systems, telecommunications systems and transit improvements.

The bill now moves to the House of Representatives, where similar legislation has been introduced by House Majority Whip John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Tiverton, Portsmouth).