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...
Apr 19 2015
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...
Apr 8 2015
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...
Mar 27 2015
Senator Jehlen appointed to NCSL, CSG
The Somerville Times
Last week Senator Patricia Jehlen was appointed by Senate President Stan Rosenberg to the National Conference on State Legislatures (NCSL) Committee on Education and to the Council of State Governments (CSG) Eastern Region Committee on Education as the alternate.