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September 18, 2023
As leaders of Massachusetts business and trade associations, collectively representing more than 10,000 employers and 1,000,000 employees, we are writing in support of the request made to you and the Biden-Harris Administration by Governor Maura Healey to address the “state of emergency” relative to migrants entering the Commonwealth.
Currently, there are nearly 6,500 families in the state’s shelter system, and these numbers will continue to grow as it is estimated that more than 1,000 families could seek shelter per month. As the Governor indicated in her recent letter, “the costs of our commitment to provide shelter and services are immense and stretched to a degree that is unprecedented in the history of our state.”
At the same time, due to circumstances outside their control, these new arrivals are unable to work to support themselves and their families and free themselves from a shelter system in crisis. While the unemployment rate remains low in Massachusetts, employers continue to look for workers and cite the inability to find talent to fill open jobs as a top concern for economic growth and competitiveness. In a survey conducted over the summer by the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, 74% of employers said they currently had vacancies, and many said the vacancies comprised 10% or more of their workforce. Similarly, in a recent survey of members of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, 75% of employers expect difficulty in finding workers over the next year. It is critical to these families, our communities, and our economy that these migrants are allowed to work as quickly as possible.
In addition to the recent letter from Governor Healey, you have received similar correspondence from members of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation and Attorney General Andrea Campbell. Each have implored action on the federal level to expedite processing of work authorization, and of importance, allow for provisional work authorization while the administrative process unfolds. We strongly support this request. As representatives of the business community, we also add our voices in support of additional federal funding to address this crisis and other changes to federal immigration policy that would both mitigate the current crisis while simultaneously addressing workforce shortages in the Commonwealth.
Massachusetts has always been a place where those in need can find housing, education, health care and other services, including the migrants entering our state. The crisis here is both economic and humanitarian. We write in support of efforts by our public leaders to work in partnership with you to address it. We respectfully urge your immediate action.
Pete Abair, Executive Director, MassEcon
Chris Anderson, President, Massachusetts High Technology Council
Jay Ash, President & CEO, Massachusetts Competitive Partnership
Jonathan Butler, President & CEO, 1Berkshire
JD Chesloff, President & CEO, Massachusetts Business Roundtable
Zach Donah, Deputy CEO, Massachusetts Society of CPAs
Sara Fraim, CEO, Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council
Doug Howgate, President, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation
Jon Hurst, President, Retailers Association of Massachusetts
Rick Kidder, Chief Operating Officer, One SouthCoast Chamber
Grace R. Moreno, Executive Director, Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Tim Murray, President & CEO, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
Paul Niedzwiecki, CEO, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
Kendalle Burlin O’Connell, Chief Executive Officer & President, MassBIO
Nicole Obi, President & CEO, Black Economic Council of Massachusetts
Greg Reibman, President, Charles River Regional Chamber
Eneida M. Román, President & CEO, Amplify LatinX
James E. Rooney, President & CEO, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Qingjian (Q.J.) Shi, Director, Asian Business Empowerment Council
Tamara Small, CEO, NAIOP Massachusetts, The Commercial Real Estate Development
Brooke Thomson, President, Associated Industries of Massachusetts