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Mass. Senate votes to invest $177 million in military bases

On a recent visit, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), State Sen. Mike Barrett (D-Lexington) and State Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) eye advanced military research and development tech. at Hanscom Air Force Base. Photo credit: Lily Barrett.
On a recent visit, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), State Sen. Mike Barrett (D-Lexington) and State Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) eye advanced military research and development tech. at Hanscom Air Force Base. Photo credit: Lily Barrett.

With the help of local legislator Mike Barrett, the State Senate has passed a bill authorizing $177 million in capital spending to expand and make improvements at the state’s six military installations.  State Sen. Mike Barrett represents Bedford, Concord, Lexington and Lincoln, the four towns closest to Hanscom Air Force Base.

“Right now Hanscom attracts federal R&D dollars that otherwise wouldn’t be available to us,” said Barrett, who serves on the Veterans and Federal Affairs Committee.  “In turn, we’re trying to show the Department of Defense that we’ll invest in infrastructure that enhances the base.”

The bonding authorization will likely fund $2.9 million at Hanscom for testing and integration of advanced software.  The state is also reviewing ways to improve the base’s clean energy infrastructure, such as a possible solar energy field.

During a recent tour of the Air Force Base, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Barrett and State Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) eyed cutting edge R&D projects underway -- for example, a drone that detects buried IEDs from the sky.  An IT specialist by profession, Barrett said he was impressed with the cyber-security projects taking place at the base.

The workforce at the federal facility totals 5,828 military and non-military workers.  Altogether, according to the University of Massachusetts - Donahue Institute, the six military installations contribute more than $14.2 billion to the state economy and support more than 46,000 jobs.

The legislation requires MassDevelopment to oversee and implement all improvement and expansion projects funded by the bonds authorized.

The bill also continues the work of the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force.  The Task Force works with representatives from the military, business community and government to bring new programs and innovative solutions to each base.

The Senate and House will now produce a compromise bill for final passage and consideration of the governor.

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Silence DoBad February 20, 2014 at 09:46 AM
Throwing in with a horrible person like Warren should be seen as a sign of delusion, or a sign that a prospective politician is simply trying to make news by handing out more free money to the Non-Working Class, which is now in its third generation in this state.
Silence DoBad February 20, 2014 at 09:48 AM
Mr. Barrett, why would Ms. Warren not produce the single page document that would prove she did NOT take advantage of the EEOC laws of the US to attain her position in politics and University? hmmmmm, figure it is just one pc of paper to shut all of her detractors up that claim she stole a plum teaching position from REAL MINORITY APPLICANTS at Harvard and PENN.
Silence DoBad February 20, 2014 at 09:49 AM
Look forward to your next writings.
Aron Levy February 21, 2014 at 11:42 AM
Troll harder.
Silence DoBad February 21, 2014 at 05:34 PM
Uhhh ohhhh, we have an Obama Supporter here folks. The man that gave us Obamacare, IRS corruption, NSA Eaves Dropping, 4 Brave men's deaths in Libya, One brave dead federal agent and countless mexican civilians from the Fast and Furious cross border gun running, etc etc etc.
Aron Levy February 21, 2014 at 08:58 PM
Do you think you're actually impressing anyone? Only one of those items on your list is an actual scandal. The rest are just dross. Remind me how many consulates were attacked during President Bush's term? How about President Reagan? And do you know the difference between a 'consulate' and an 'embassy?' How about the fact that the three men other than Amb. Stephens were CIA? Or are you just like the other fools screaming 'BENGHAZI!!!!!' when they know absolutely NOTHING about diplomatic security? Why don't you live up to your name and remain silent? People might not notice how mind-bendingly stupid you are.
Silence DoBad February 22, 2014 at 08:41 AM
Whahahahahahah! Bush bush bush bush bush bush bush bush! I remember consulates were attacked during Bush, and Bush responded with overwhelming force and did everything he could to help them, do you remember that slugger? Did Bush leave the men to FIGHT for 9 HOURS when military assets could have been there in 3 hours? Did Bush allow the men to think help was coming when it was not? Did Bush allow the dead members of the Consulate to die and be dragged through the streets naked and bloody? No slugger. Was Bush Running illegal guns to the Syrians which is the reason Obama let these brave men die working under his orders? No. The fact you do not understand the purpose of my pen name does not surprise me slugger, you Obama voters are so incredibly slow and obedient to your socialist masters you are not afforded the opportunity to learn. But as long as those sweet sweet checks come out at the first of the month, you all are happy. Then you can go to Walmart in your pajamas and get your nails done and hair pimped out thanks to the free money given to you by socialist politicians like the one mentioned above. Yeah you love that free stuff. I would vote for free stuff too if I did not have a successful career I guess. Nice try though.
Silence DoBad February 22, 2014 at 08:44 AM
So intimidating conservative groups through the use of the IRS is not a scandal? Selling evil assault weapons to DRUG cartels in Mexico is not a scandal? When a federal agent was killed because of said weapons. Countless Mexican citizens have been killed with these weapons all on obama's orders. Eaves dropping on every US citizen is not a scandal? ObamaCare, which this politician above is ALL FOR is not a scandal? Wow you do not even dilute the Koolaid, you just scoop it in in powder form dontcha? Yeah that is how obama loves his minions, d*mb and sl0w.
Aron Levy February 22, 2014 at 11:11 AM
Where do you get your news?
Aron Levy February 22, 2014 at 11:12 AM
And I said that the NSA was a scandal. But you just have issues with reading comprehension.
Silence DoBad February 22, 2014 at 11:52 AM
I stopped reading your dreck after the first line slugger. Where do I get my news? Not from ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, CNNHLN, FOX, TIMES, TRIBUNE, McClatchey or any of the other Democrat propaganda rags. All the news fit to cover for an incompetent government.
Aron Levy February 22, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Yeah, you strike me as being a WNDtard. But keep digging that hole. Maybe you'll eventually make it to China!
Silence DoBad February 22, 2014 at 01:36 PM
Wow what a politically incorrect comment from an entitlement dweller. See you on the first of the month at the Walmart slugger.
Aron Levy February 22, 2014 at 01:47 PM
Except I'm not an 'entitlement dweller' and I don't shop at WalMart, shiteheel. I try to buy products made in America, what about you?
Silence DoBad February 22, 2014 at 02:46 PM
You are not Fooling anyone there slugger. Enjoy your mediocrity.
Aron Levy February 22, 2014 at 02:49 PM
Why don't you give me your real name and let's find out what YOU do for a living, dummkopf?
Silence DoBad February 22, 2014 at 09:25 PM
No way you libs are angry and will do anything to maintain your cause and your handouts. Right Comrade?
Aron Levy February 22, 2014 at 09:34 PM
Exactly what I thought. You're a coward hiding behind a fake name. How very typical.
Silence DoBad February 22, 2014 at 10:55 PM
why so you can key my car or do whatever you angry Libunists do to get back at the man?
Aron Levy February 23, 2014 at 02:20 AM
If you think I would key ANYONE'S car, you've got a major screw loose. But that was already perfectly obvious. // All I know is that you lack the courage of your convictions: if you had any moral fiber you would list your real name. (Not to mention if you think my time is so worthless that I would schlep all the way to Sudbury -- where I believe you to live, based on previous posts -- and key your 1998 Dodge Neon, you seriously ought to have that Narcissistic Personality Disorder looked at.) // In short, my family is incredibly proud of my success: can your family say the same, coward?
Silence DoBad February 23, 2014 at 08:22 AM
Libunists will be Libunists. enjoy your life on the arm.
Aron Levy February 23, 2014 at 02:12 PM
You might need to put down the whiskey bottle. That comment made no sense.

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