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Jehlen, Colleagues Host Briefing on Tipped Workers’ Wages

On Tuesday, June 23, Senator Patricia Jehlen, Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, and the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Boston (ROC Boston) hosted a briefing at the State House about eliminating the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers that drew almost 100 attendees. The legislators filed S.982/H.1702, An Act Relative to the Tipped Minimum Wage, which would slowly increase […]

State Report Includes 65 Steps to Combat Opioid ‘Epidemic’

Vowing to change the way the Commonwealth treats and even thinks about substance addiction, Governor Charlie Baker today released the findings of his Opioid Working Group, a comprehensive report detailing 65 actionable steps to curb the deadly opioid epidemic. The findings by the 18-member Working Group include short and long term action items to be […]

Medford, Other Communities Receive State Funding to Combat Youth Violence, Gangs

Governor Charlie Baker recently announced that the Shannon Grant program will receive a $1.25 million funding increase. According to information released by the Governor’s office, the funding is intended to support regional and multi-disciplinary approaches to combat gang and youth violence this summer. “I am pleased that we are now able to increase our investment […]

Governor, DPH Launch Opioid Addiction Awareness Campaign

Governor Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) launched the Stop Addiction In Its Tracks public awareness campaign to educate parents about the warning signs of opioid misuse as part of the Commonwealth’s preventative strategy and the Governor’s Opioid Working Group’s recommendations set to be released next week. “Education is an essential […]

Jehlen: Elder Affairs Funding Should be Budget Priority

Dear Editor, As a growing number of “baby boomers” reach retirement age, we need to do more to address the needs of older Massachusetts residents. The state’s population is expected to grow by 6% between 2010 and 2030, almost entirely in the 65+ age group. In 2010, 14% of Massachusetts’ population was made up by […]

Legislators Recognized for Passage of “Fresh Air” Bill

Senator Patricia D. Jehlen (D-Somerville) and Representative Denise Provost (D-Somerville) received awards on Wednesday, April 15, for their work to secure passage of H. 3804, An Act regarding to persons receiving services from programs or facilities of the Department of Mental Health. Known as the “Right to Fresh Air” bill, this law provides a sixth […]

Rep. Barber to host Office Hours in Medford

Somerville and Medford Representative Christine Barber will host office hours Friday, April 24th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Danish Pastry House, 330 Boston Avenue, Medford, MA 02155. Rep. Barber invites constituents from the Medford areas of Hillside and South Medford, and the Somerville neighborhoods of Teele Square, Winter Hill, and Ten Hills, […]

Jehlen, Garballey Chair Joint Ways and Means Committee Hearing in Medford

Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville) and Representative Sean Garballey (D-Arlington) co-chaired a hearing of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means yesterday at Medford City Hall. Hearings have been scheduled across the Commonwealth to gather information for building the FY16 state budget. The last of these hearings, in which members of the public are invited to […]

Medford to Receive State Funding for Street, Sidewalk Repair

Second Assistant Majority Leader Paul J. Donato and his colleagues in the Medford State Delegation, Senator Patricia Jehlen, Representative Sean Garballey and Representative Christine Barber, are pleased to announce the appropriation of $950,635 to the City of Medford in Chapter 90 Funding. The funds are issued from the Transportation Bond and will provide for emergency […]

Medford Cancer Survivor Urges Lawmakers to Support Tanning, Electronic Cigarette Regulations

Nearly 100 cancer patients, survivors and caregivers from across the state traveled to the State House last week to meet with Massachusetts lawmakers about the need to support regulations that would protect youth from the dangers of indoor tanning and electronic cigarettes. In Massachusetts, an estimated 37,790 people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2015, […]