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BOSTON—(June 21, 2017) Senate President Rosenberg gave remarks on Wednesday to recognize women who make a difference in communities throughout the Commonwealth at the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 2017 class of Unsung Heroines held at the State House.

“These recipients are incredibly deserving of this award and have made a meaningful and lasting footprint in the communities I represent,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “These individuals use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a lasting difference in our neighborhoods, cities and towns across the Commonwealth.”

06-23-2017   Press Release

BOSTON – Today the Massachusetts Senate passed S.2090, sponsored by Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville), Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy, which would ensure the public health and safety of patient and consumer access to medical and adult use of marijuana in the Commonwealth.

Instead of repealing and replacing the language passed by voters in November 2016 and November 2012, the Senate maintained core principals from the ballot initiatives and amended the current law. The Senate left the voter-approved 10% tax and 2% local option tax intact, as well as the requirement of a local referendum to ban retail marijuana establishments in a city or town. Additionally, it retained the 2012 ballot initiative to allow medical marijuana. 

06-22-2017   Press Release

Boston, MA –Today the Massachusetts State Senate released its “Commonwealth Conversations 2017 Report.Commonwealth Conversations, cosponsored by Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst), Senator Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport), and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), was a statewide listening tour spanning nine regions, giving the Senate the opportunity to meet with local residents, businesses, and interest groups in every corner of the state to hear their concerns on the issues of every resident.

Thousands of residents attended public town hall forums across the state, and advocated for issues ranging from combatting climate change, healthcare, housing, and ensuring a more equitable transportation system. The report aggregates testimony from the town halls into legislative priorities, and also reflects information gathered from meetings and stops throughout each day of the Tour. 

06-21-2017   Press Release


Clears final hurdle to put amendment on the ballot in 2018

BOSTON-Today the Massachusetts legislature voted 134-55 to advance the Fair Share constitutional amendment to the ballot for consideration by voters in the 2018 statewide elections.  The amendment would assess an additional 4% surtax on individual annual income over one million dollars, and requires the legislature to allocate the increased revenue solely to education and transportation needs. 

“The Fair Share amendment is about tax fairness and making critical public investments in education and transportation, two of the pillars upon which a robust and prosperous economy are built,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).  “I hope the voters understand that this amendment benefits all Massachusetts residents.”

06-14-2017   Press Release

MASSACHUSETTS WAS RECENTLY ranked the number one state in the country by US News and World Report. This was no accident. It comes after decades of great effort by both the public and private sectors, working together, to build a robust economy and a high quality of life. While we excel in many areas, including high tech and health care, we also have room for improvement on many fronts, especially education.

Serious and sustained investments beginning now will make the difference between a student falling through society’s cracks or becoming a healthy, resilient adult helping to drive our economy. The Senate’s Kids First Initiative seeks to make the health, welfare, and education of our youngest residents the Commonwealth’s highest priority. We undertook a thorough evaluation of existing research on best practices and developed a practical blueprint for what we can do now, and in the years to come, even with our constrained fiscal forecast.

This year, the Senate Ways and Means Committee budget invests $34 million in new and targeted programming that supports the health, education, and welfare of our children. Our first priority is to dramatically increase the number of third-graders who are reading at grade level. Third-grade reading level is the greatest predictor of future success, with those students much more likely to stay in school, stay out of jail, and get good-paying jobs. Forty percent of third graders across the Commonwealth do not read at grade level, and that has been true for the last 15 years. The Senate is committed to implementing best practices to cut that percentage in half in 10 years with strategic investments that provide a 13 percent return, and save money in the future with lower unemployment and incarceration rates. Our long-term goal is to create and maintain a pathway to success for all students over time.

06-09-2017   In The News
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