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Boston-Today the Massachusetts Legislature released a compromise conference committee report reforming how the state handles public records.  The legislation is the first update to public records law since the early 1970s.

“Today the joint committee has paved the way for the legislature to vote on badly needed, substantial public records reform – our first in over 40 years. The bill increases transparency, and improves access by increasing affordability and shortening turnaround time. When the legislature passes the bill, and the governor signs it, we will be able to look forward to greater transparency, civic engagement, and better governance,”  said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).

05-23-2016   Press Release

05-23-2016   Press Release

Boston-Today the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation to ban the sale of many home products containing identified dangerous flame retardant chemicals.  The ban will extend to children’s products and home furnishings, including carpeting and bedding. The bill, sponsored by Senator Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton) requires manufacturers to notify retailers of their products which contain these chemicals before the ban goes into effect

05-19-2016   Press Release

BOSTON-Today the Massachusetts legislature voted to advance the Fair Share tax constitutional amendment to the next joint session during the 2017-2018 legislative session.  The amendment would assess a 4% tax on individual annual income over one million dollars to be spent only on education and transportation needs for the Commonwealth. 

“Today’s vote marks the first step in changing our tax code to a more equitable and fair system to fund our serious needs in transportation infrastructure and education.  The business leaders, academics, and policy makers that I have met with across the Commonwealth all agree that building our education system for the jobs of the future and making critical investments in our transportation infrastructure will provide the building blocks to maintain a strong, vibrant economy,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).  I hope the voters understand that this amendment benefits all Massachusetts residents.”

05-18-2016   Press Release

BOSTON– The Senate Committee on Ways and Means today announced a $39.497 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2017. The budget recommends targeted investments in a variety of areas to build resilient children, families and communities to better position the Commonwealth for future success.

“The only thing we can be certain of in the coming years is change, and it is our responsibility to prepare our children, communities and institutions to be ready to adapt to and thrive in the face of this change,” said Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland), Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “The Senate Ways and Means budget focuses on investing for a resilient Commonwealth, beginning with our youngest children, while building safe and healthy relationships for all residents across the state. In my experience as a social worker and a legislator, there is no better place to target limited funds than towards giving our youth tools to thrive, such as early education, mentoring and quality K-12 education. I’m proud of these recommendations, which foster shared prosperity and growth while maintaining our responsibility to sound fiscal management.”

05-17-2016   Press Release
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