News Archive

Oct 21 2011 Casino Bill May Aid Rich Schools
The Boston Globe
In another instance of the tail wagging the dog, the Senate with little debate decided how to spend any money the casinos generate for education. I argued that it was worth deliberation, and pointed out that the Boston Foundation study last year found that, despite spending...
Oct 21 2011 Mock Green Line groundbreaking drives point in Somerville
The Boston Globe
Scores of Green Line extension supporters decrying the continued delay of the project rallied yesterday outside Somerville High School, where state transportation officials held a public hearing. At the mock groundbreaking, supporters handed out green plastic shovels,...
Oct 13 2011 Could Happy Hour Return to MA?
My Fox Boston
Watch me discuss the so called "Happy Hour" amendment on Fox 25
Oct 13 2011 A Hundred and Two and What Do You Do?
The Valley Advocate
More than a dozen years ago, the nonprofit MotherWoman got off to a deceptively modest start, with a drop-in support group for mothers in Amherst. Annette Cycon, who founded the organization with a friend, told the Advocate a couple of years ago that they started the...
Oct 12 2011 Critics doubtful of casino job creation
WWLP 22 News
BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Gaming opponents are attacking the heart of a proposed expanded gaming bill, calling its potential for job creation, as predicted by supporters, “wildly optimistic”. Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) dismissed critics’...
Oct 12 2011 Will Massachusetts Bring Back Happy Hour?
Greater Boston with Emily Rooney
Watch me discuss the so called "Happy Hour" Amendment on Greater Boston with Emily Rooney
Oct 11 2011 A Battle Over Beer Sales
The Boston Globe
Another example of why I filed a bill to end non-compete agreements. They reduce our competitiveness and are often enforced in ways that can derail the careers of even lower level employees.  
Oct 11 2011 Could Happy Hour Be Returning to Massachusetts?
CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) – The state Senate passed an amendment in the casino debate Tuesday to level the playing field between casinos and outside businesses that could be a first step in the return of so-called Happy Hour specials. Democratic State Senator James Timilty,...
Oct 8 2011 Horse bigs jockeying for benefits
The Boston Herald
Lucky Bay State thoroughbred owners, trainers and jockeys could reap hundreds of thousands of dollars in special-interest goodies under Senate and House gaming bills that would use slot machine dough for pension and health-care benefits in the moribund horse racing...
Oct 6 2011 MBTA accepts $29m bid to build Assembly Square station
The Boston Globe
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority awarded a $29.2 million construction contract to begin work on a new Orange Line station at Assembly Square, the City of Somerville announced yesterday. S&R Construction of Lowell is expected to complete the station,...
Oct 6 2011 Sen. Jehlen Plans to Vote No on Casinos
The Winchester Star
Winchester, MA — Next week, the Massachusetts State Senate is expected to take up a bill that would bring three casinos and a slot parlor to the state. When the time comes, State Sen. Patricia Jehlen plans to vote against the measure. Jehlen, whose district...
Oct 2 2011 Great, immeasurable gains are made in this classroom
The Boston Globe
Great, immeasurable gains are made in this classroom OUR GRANDDAUGHTERS’ school is not making “adequate yearly progress.’’ But we’re delighted with the education they’re getting (“Underperforming schools show MCAS improvement: But...
Oct 2 2011 Great, immeasurable gains are made in this classroom
Boston Globe
Great, immeasurable gains are made in this classroom OUR GRANDDAUGHTERS’ school is not making “adequate yearly progress.’’ But we’re delighted with the education they’re getting (“Underperforming schools show MCAS improvement...
Sep 28 2011 Governor Signs Off on Jehlen-Sponsored Alimony Bill
Medford Patch
The following was submitted by State Senator Patricia Jehlen's press office. Jehlen represents Medford: On Monday, Governor Patrick signed a bill that reforms the Commonwealth’s alimony system, Senator Patricia Jehlen announced. The bill, the first comprehensive...
Sep 28 2011 College Salerie$ Off the Chart
The Boston Herald
Massachusetts private universities are doling out lavish, Wall Street-style pay packages of a half-million dollars or more to dozens of “key employees,” causing many to question their nonprofit status as tuitions spiral out of control, according to a new study...
Sep 27 2011 Casino bill pits Tribe vs. Tribe
The Cape Cod Times
BOSTON — Federal rights for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe to open an Indian casino were debated Monday on and off Beacon Hill. As the Senate began to tackle a bill that would allow three resort-style casinos, including a window of opportunity for a federally recognized...
Sep 26 2011 Senate Casino Debate Begins
WWLP 22 News
BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) — The Massachusetts Senate began public debate on expanded gaming legislation Tuesday, sorting through 182 amendments and facing a vocal opposition. Senate President Therese Murray entered the Senate Chambers saying she was confident in the work...
Sep 26 2011 Senators Make Case Against Casinos
WWLP 22 News
BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Senators opposed to a plan to bring three casinos to Massachusetts laid out a last-ditch case Monday against a bill that they acknowledge will likely pass, shifting the debate to cities and towns where they hope their arguments will gain traction with...
Sep 26 2011 Massachusetts Senate launches debate on casinos, defeats proposals for major changes to bill
The Springfield Republican
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Senate on Monday started debate on a bill to legalize casinos, voting to kill a proposal that aimed to send more gaming tax revenues to local aid and to defeat other measures that sought significant changes to the bill. During more than four...
Sep 24 2011 Privacy disputes threaten Mass. HIV testing bill
BOSTON - Emerson Miller felt "pretty hopeless" when he tested positive for HIV in 1996, but has since come to appreciate the importance of receiving an early diagnosis of the disease. Today, the Boston resident takes four pills a day and sees a doctor every three...
Sep 23 2011 Amendment Proposes Slot Machines at Logan International Airport
Fox 25
BOSTON (AP) - Would you be for slots at the airport? One supporter will look to authorize slot machines at Logan Airport’s international terminals. There are 182 amendments to the casino bill that the State Senate will begin debating on Monday. The bill was filed by...
Sep 22 2011 Complete Green Line by 2016, say Somerville Legislators
Somerville Patch
In two letters to state and regional transportation authorities, Somerville's legislators on Beacon Hill denounce delays to the Green Line extension and say that altering the design and construction schedule could get the project operational by 2015 and complete by 2016....
Sep 21 2011 Senators file amendments to gambling bill
The Boston Herald
Critics of an expanded gambling bill in the Massachusetts Senate have filed an array of amendments designed to increase the role of communities in the process to license up to three casinos and a slots parlor in the state. The Senate clerk’s office did not have the...
Sep 21 2011 City's Legislators Speak Against HAZMAT Trucks in Somerville
Somerville Patch
The following is a letter from state Sen. Pat Jehlen and state Reps. Denise Provost, Carl Sciortino and Timothy Toomey: Boston released a proposal recently to ban trucks carrying hazardous materials from going through the Boston city streets. This proposal would re-route...
Sep 21 2011 Winchester Senator Opposes Gaming Bill
Winchester Patch
After last week’s lopsided victory in the House of Representatives to bring casinos to the Bay State, the debate will move to the Senate floor on Monday, Sept. 26. But Winchester’s State Senator – Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville) – will continue her long-...