Bedford Residents Demand Gov. Baker Take Action to End Construction of New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Submitted by UU Mass Action

Bedford residents Janet Powers, Dorothy Anderson- Perales and Chris Gittins traveled to the State House on October 31st to demand that Governor Baker use his executive authority to stop the construction of dangerous new fossil fuel infrastructure in Massachusetts. The residents joined 25 other people in occupying the hallway outside the Governor’s office in a silent protest.

This “stand in” is part of a larger campaign organized by the Mass Power Forward Coalition, a group comprised of 200 environmental and community groups demanding the state take a leadership role in taking action on climate justice. The campaign began on September 13, and has grown since then as waves of Massachusetts residents have traveled from around the commonwealth to the doors of Baker’s office to urge action.

Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) Leads Bipartisan Effort in Push for Gas Industry Reforms

Submitted on behalf of Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford)

More than 60 percent of Legislature Signs Letter Calling for Ban on “Pipeline Tax,” Regulatory Shift at Department of Public Utilities

State Rep Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) led a group of 125 state legislators who have signed onto bipartisan testimony calling for the passage of legislation to permanently protect consumers and the environment from risks associated with gas pipeline expansion.

House Extends Public Employee Protections to Strengthen Occupational Health and Safety Standards

Submitted by Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford)

Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House to pass legislation requiring public employers to provide the same standard of protection to their employees as required by the federal Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA). The bill also expands the Massachusetts OSHA hazard advisory board.

Massachusetts Legislature Formally Condemns Neo-Nazi and White Supremacist Groups

Submitted by Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford)

Representative Ken Gordon joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature to support a resolution that unequivocally denounces white nationalism and neo-Nazism, and condemns the hatred, bigotry and violence these group consistently espouse. The resolution will be transmitted to the Mayor of Charlottesville, Governor of Virginia and President of the United States.

Presidential Tax Returns in the Spotlight at State House Hearing Called by Sen. Mike Barrett

Submitted on behalf of Sen. Mike Barrett (D-Lexinggton)

On Wednesday, September 6 at 1 p.m. in State HouseRoom B1, the Joint Committee on Election Laws will hear from elected officials including Secretary of State Galvin, lawyers and members of the public on a proposal to require presidential candidates to disclose personal finances — including tax returns — in order to appear on a Massachusetts primary or general election ballot.

State Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington), chief sponsor of An Act Restoring Financial Transparency in Presidential Elections S. 365, said, “Until recently, Americans just assumed that the Office of President ensured the observance of modern practices of disclosure and transparency. While unwritten, these practices are responsible and well-known. One of them is the disclosure by candidates of personal financial information related to possible conflicts of interest. The 2016 election shattered our confidence in the broad acceptance by presidential candidates of certain rules of public conduct and engagement. In state legislatures across the country, lawmakers are stepping forward to restore these fallen standards.”

Legislature Passes Balanced FY18 Budget

Submitted by Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford)

Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) joined with his colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature recently to pass a fiscally-responsible $40.2 billion FY18 budget. The bill puts a premium on protecting vulnerable residents through investments in early education and care (EEC), substance addiction initiatives, homelessness programs, and funding to help individuals with developmental disabilities.

This budget takes comprehensive action to promote sustained economic health through a $100 million deposit to the stabilization fund which will result in projected balance of more than $1.4 billion.

[The FY18 budget] focuses on supporting vulnerable residents and fostering sustainable economic growth, including support for children of military families who live on Hanscom Air Force Base and attend Bedford High School. +In addition to the funding for military students, Bedford will be receiving $4,624,342 in Chapter 70 Education Funding, an over 6% increase from FY17 and $1,146,725 in Unrestricted General Government Aid, an over 3% increase from FY17.

“In the midst of a tough fiscal climate we’ve delivered a fiscally-responsible budget that makes targeted investments and protects our most vulnerable citizens,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop) said.“I am particularly proud of the work we’ve done on early education and care, which will have a lasting impact on both the workforce and the Commonwealth’s children, and supporting those battling addiction.”

Sen. Mike Barrett Seeks State Funds for Homeless Veterans

Submitted by Sen. Mike Barrett (D-Lexington)

During a recent public hearing, State Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington) testified on behalf of his bill that would guarantee state funding for a Bedford housing complex that caters to homeless veterans.

Barrett is the chief sponsor of a bill (S.2009) that would ensure 100% reimbursement to Bedford for the financial assistance it provides veterans who move into Bedford Green, situated on the grounds of the VA hospital. The complex provides apartments to 69 homeless veterans from all over Massachusetts.

Eversource Energy Posts Public Hearing Dates for Projected 7% Net Increase in Annual Delivery Revenue

Submitted by Eversource Energy

On January 17, 2017, Eversource Energy submitted a proposal to the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to update the company’s electric rates. The proposal requests a net increase in annual delivery revenue of $60.2 million, representing a 7 percent increase in those revenues to support our electric distribution operations.

On June 1, 2017, Eversource filed a revised rate design proposal with the DPU that shifts revenues between Eastern and Western Massachusetts as compared to the original proposal. This has the potential to change customer bill impacts.

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