Massachusetts Rep. Bud Williams filed a nearly $1 billion bill this week to create an independent bureau that oversees services and programs for certain communities to address health, education and economic disparities in communities of color. The legislation would create the Massachusetts Bureau on Social and Economic Equity in Recovery and Reconstruction, which would be led by an administrator appointed by the governor. The bureau would oversee an $850 million fund, which would be paid for by the state’s rainy day fund.

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