Lowell Sun Online, 07/05/2013 08:15:38 AM EDT
By Andy Metzger, State House News Service
BOSTON — The Bay State could take on the unique role of funding construction on federal military installations, including Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford and Fort Devens, if Gov. Deval Patrick’s $177 million bond bill becomes law.
“We are the only state to propose a military bond bill for all of our bases, and if this bill passes, we will be the only state to create a funding mechanism through our Department of Energy Resources to fund a first-in-the-nation initiative to work with all six bases to develop and fund projects to reduce energy operating costs and enhance energy security,” Brig. Gen, Robert Brooks, of the Massachusetts National Guard, told a legislative committee last week.