Apr 16 2014
In Support of Pay Equity
- State Senator Patricia Jehlen & Lisa Gurgone, Home Care Aide Council
On April 8, Pay Equity Day, we again observed that women earn, on average, 79 percent of men’s pay. One reason is that “women’s work” — caring for the sick, elders,...
Apr 14 2014
New supportive housing units funded statewide
Communities across the state are reaping the benefits of legislation filed by Sen. Patricia Jehlen that passed in 2012, An Act Relative to Community Housing and Services.
This legislation increased the state’s focus on the development of permanent supportive...
Mar 6 2014
Drinking water and wastewater reform passed
Woburn Daily Times Chronicle
The Senate passed legislation 37-0 that combines reform with increased commitments to improve existing partnerships with cities and towns, grow municipal options while incentivizing best management practices and responsibly address water and wastewater infrastructure...
Feb 5 2014
Welcome the Immigrant Driver
Most Massachusetts residents don’t seem to know what to think of the undocumented immigrant population. And yet, this demographic is categorically an economic fact of life in the Commonwealth. These workers often are part of the silent backdrops in our everyday...
Jan 17 2014
Let’s clean up Mystic River
While the famous Red Sox anthem “Dirty Water’’ might still be a local favorite as we celebrate our beloved team, the underlying theme of a polluted Charles River is fortunately no longer relevant. Boston Harbor and the Charles River are national examples...
Jan 17 2014
Senate Passes Election Reform Bill
The Senate on Thursday voted 37-1 to pass legislation reforming the election laws in the Commonwealth by authorizing early voting for state and federal elections and primaries, allowing residents to register to vote on Election Day and creating an online voter registration...
Dec 19 2013
RIDE users to see decrease in fares
This week the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors approved an MBTA plan to reduce fares for RIDE users from $4 per trip to $3 per trip. This is welcome news for tens of thousands of Massachusetts paratransit users who, in July 2012,...
Nov 21 2013
Senate Passes Bill to Restore Minimum Wage
The Somerville News Weekly
BOSTON – The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that will restore the value of the minimum wage in Massachusetts by increasing the minimum wage to $11 by 2016 and tying future increases to the Consumer Price Index for the Northeast region. The bill also increases...