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Massachusetts Senators Announce Ambitious “Kids First” Plan to Support Children
BOSTON –Massachusetts Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett), joined by Senate President Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst), announced today the launch of a Senate-led, multi-year initiative to identify and support innovative strategies to invest in Massachusetts’ children.
“Kids First” will take a comprehensive and inter-disciplinary look at a wide variety of policy areas which relate to supporting children, such as education, nutrition, public health, housing, and workforce development. The first phase of the initiative will focus on early childhood development from pre-natal through the fourth grade.
The group of nine senators will be led by Senator DiDomenico, and will seek out input on best-in-the nation practices to support children, and will make budget and policy recommendations to support their findings.
“Massachusetts has long been a leader in education, public health, and innovation. However, when it comes to ensuring that all our children have a chance to succeed, there is still work that remains to be done in the Commonwealth,” said Senator Sal DiDomenico. “Kids First will not only explore and identify the best practices and investments we can make for our children today, it will also pinpoint the long term actions we can take that will put children for generations to come on the path to productive adulthood. The Senate strongly believes we must put all kids in Massachusetts first, and I look forward to getting to work on this crucial initiative.”
“From the kids sitting on early education waitlists, to the special needs students and English language learners who need more focus, to the college grads with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt, we must do a better job of investing in children and students,” said Senate President Rosenberg. “What we need is a big-picture blueprint for smart investments in our kids, and a long-term plan to guide resources to where they’ll make the biggest difference. Kids First will deliver that blueprint.”
The group announced they have already scheduled their first meeting for February 3rd with Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff, Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and chair of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. The council is focused on a “multi-university collaboration comprising leading scholars in neuroscience, psychology, pediatrics, and economics, whose mission is to bring credible science to bear on public policy affecting young children.”
Early last year, the senate announced a “Work First” initiative, led by Senator Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton) to reform the Commonwealth’s welfare-to-work and job training programs to create more opportunities for people to move from public assistance to work. “Work First” resulted in over $3.4M in targeted new funding in the FY16 budget for workforce training and development
BOSTON-Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg and Senator Sal DiDomenico, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs, today sent a letter to the Massachusetts Congressional delegation expressing their concern over the proposed cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The Trump Administration has outlined a budget proposal with a 19% cut to NIH which, combined with other proposed budget cuts and the proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act, would result in a loss of billions of dollars in federal funding to Massachusetts by 2020. These cuts would eviscerate the Massachusetts innovation economy and our healthcare system.
“Massachusetts is a worldwide leader in medical and biotech research. The proposed cuts to NIH will devastate not only our research institutions but also our biotech companies while putting the brakes on innovation and medical breakthroughs,” said Senate President Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “We encourage our delegation to hold the line on these cuts. The Massachusetts Senate stands ready to work with them to prevent these dangerous short-sighted cuts from becoming law.”
Boston, MA –Today Senate President Rosenberg (D-Amherst) announced the “Commonwealth Conversations 2017 Tour,” bringing Beacon Hill back to main street for a second session on Tuesday, March 28. The Commonwealth Conversations Tour, cosponsored by Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst), Senator Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport), and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (D-Gloucester), is a statewide listening tour of each Senator’s district to visit with local residents, businesses, and interest groups to listen directly to their needs and concerns.
“I am honored to continue our Commonwealth Conversations listening tour, which will take the Senate on the road again to where you live and work in cities, towns and neighborhoods across the Commonwealth,” said Senate President Rosenberg. “We must continue to hear directly from the people of the Commonwealth in their communities about their hopes for the future.”
The goal of the tour is to foster more civic engagement while helping each senator learn more about issues outside of their own districts. Each member of the Senate has committed to attending at least two of these sessions outside of their own region that is not an adjoining district to their own. Each day will end in a town hall open to the public for the specific region.
Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to participate in a national arts advocacy event.
Rosenberg is joining Americans for the Arts for their National Arts Action Summit Monday and Tuesday.
The event comes days after President Donald Trump released a budget proposal that would eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency that provides arts funding throughout the country.
Just days before a long-awaited review of the Massachusetts criminal justice system is set to be released, several Democratic state senators on Thursday detailed their policy proposals for criminal justice reform, which they say will be a major priority this legislative session.
Legislative leaders commissioned the Council of State Governments Justice Center to analyze the state's criminal justice system as it pertains to incarceration, recidivism and supervision. The final report is due out on Tuesday.
Thursday's briefing included Democrats who have all worked on a broad array of reform measures, and are looking beyond the center's proposals.