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Senate Passes Campaign Finance Legislation

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill to strengthen reporting requirements for independent expenditure committees and bring a higher level of transparency to elections in the Commonwealth, Senator Jehlen announced. “In the wake of the Citizens United ruling, there has been a clear need for – at the very least – increased disclosure of […]

Sen. Jehlen: Charter Schools Competitors, Not Collaborators

Last week, the senate voted to defeat a bill that proposed to raise the current cap on charter schools in 29 districts. Beginning in 2017 the cap would rise from 18% to 23% of those school districts’ spending. Before the vote, we heard from parents, advocates, students, and organizations on both sides of the argument. […]

Update from State Rep. Paul Donato

I am pleased to report that the Massachusetts House of Representatives has continued to move the Commonwealth forward by passing a $36.5 billion state budget focused on economic growth and increased government accountability and oversight. The spending plan makes important investments in local aid, education and human services including substance abuse treatment and prevention and […]

State Senator Jehlen’s Budget Report

In a newsletter released Monday night, State Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville, Medford) highlighted several items included in the state’s $36.5 billion budget, which Governor Deval Patrick signed last week. The state budget includes $250,000 for the development of a Mystic River Master Plan. The plan will include beautification efforts as well as protection from invasive […]

Senate Passes Environmental Bond Bill

The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a bill providing for the preservation and improvement of land, parks and clean energy in the Commonwealth, Senator Patricia Jehlen announced. “The environmental bond bill provides imperative funding to protect our natural resources and improve the well-being of our community,” said Senator Jehlen. “We all will benefit specifically from […]

Sen. Jehlen Announces Alzheimer’s Acute Care Advisory Committee

Senator Patricia Jehlen announces that the Massachusetts Senate has passed An Act Relative to the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Acute Care Advisory Committee. This legislation creates an Advisory Committee to craft a strategy to address dementia-capable care in all acute care setting in the Commonwealth. The committee will present a strategy to the state […]

Donato, Legislature Vote to Raise Minimum Wage

Bill provides highest minimum wage in the country Representative Paul J. Donato (D-Medford, Malden) joined his colleagues in the Legislature to pass final legislation to increase the minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2017 and lower costs for businesses through an updated unemployment insurance rating table and multi-year rate freeze. Adjusting for inflation, the […]

Guzik Announces Candidacy for State Rep

Sharon Guzik, former Medford School Committee member, is announcing her candidacy for Massachusetts State Representative in the 34th Middlesex District. Guzik believes that in order to create the best policies for our community, we must address tough issues directly and with deep understanding, rather than avoiding hard decisions with piecemeal solutions. As a scientist, Guzik’s […]

Somerville Resident to Kick Off Campaign for State Rep

Somerville resident Christine Barber is officially kicking off her campaign for state representative on Tuesday night, according to information released by her campaign. Barber is Vice Chair of the Ward 4 Democratic Committee and a leader in the Progressive Democrats of Somerville, a group that has helped to elect Democrats at the local and state […]

Legislature Sends Election Laws Bill to Governor

Legislation authorizes early voting and other election reforms Representative Paul J. Donato (D-Medford, Malden) joined his colleagues in the Legislature to pass a comprehensive election laws bill that will authorize early voting for biennial state elections starting in 2016. With the Governor’s final approval, Massachusetts will become the 33rd state in the nation to allow […]

Increased Wages for Home Care Workers Adopted in Senate Budget

Senator Jehlen announces that an amendment to increase the wages of home care workers in Massachusetts was adopted in the Senate budget this past week. The amendment provides an annualized wage increase of approximately 75 cents an hour to over 17,000 homemakers and personal care homemakers. While it does not seem like much, homemakers wages […]

Lanzilli Makes Run for State Rep

As a lifelong resident of the Hillside neighborhoods, I personally witnessed the recent development of Medford and Somerville into two of the most desirable American cities. I have always considered it a privilege to live in such a dynamic community, one that honors its history while also continually finding ways to create a better future. […]