Sep 18 2015
Legislators Stand Together in Support of Reforms for Police Investigations
Somerville News Weekly
BOSTON, MA – Senator Pat Jehlen, Representative Evandro Carvalho, and Representative Mary Keefe joined in testimony before the Joint Committee on The Judiciary yesterday in support of reforms for police investigations into officer-involved deaths.
Sep 17 2015
Report: Unique Challenges Face Older Gay Residents
By The Associated Press
BOSTON - Aging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents in Massachusetts face unique challenges, according to a report released Thursday by a special legislative commission.
The report offers a number of recommendations to address the needs...
Sep 5 2015
Jehlen announces 75th Citizens' Legislative Seminar in October
Sen. Pat Jehlen, D-Somerville, announced the Massachusetts Senate is seeking nominees to participate in the 75th Citizens’ Legislative Seminar, which will take place Oct. 20 and 21 at the State House.
CLS is a semi-annual educational seminar geared towards adults of...
Jul 31 2015
Equal pay bill advances in state Legislature
On July 30, the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development released H.1773/S.983, an act to establish pay equity, with a recommendation that the bill ought to pass. Also known as the Massachusetts Equal Pay Bill, this legislation was sponsored by Rep. Jay...
Jul 13 2015
Funding for Mystic River Included in State FY’16 Budget
Senator Patricia Jehlen, Representative Paul Donato, Representative Christine Barber, and Representative Sean Garballey announced that two crucial appropriations for the Mystic River were included in the legislature’s final FY 2016 Budget. Both the $250,000...
Jun 29 2015
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...
Jun 17 2015
Letter: Many tax relief options available for Somerville seniors
More senior homeowners in Somerville have options to cope with property taxes, thanks to the Board of Aldermen, and Mayor Curtatone, with the leadership of Alderman Mark Niedergang.
The aldermen raised income and asset limits, enabling more people to qualify for all the...
Jun 2 2015
LETTER: More needs to be done for ‘baby boomers' reaching retirement
To the 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 percent between 2010 and 2030, almost entirely in the...