Rep. Ken Gordon Advocates to Protect Science Curriculum

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

In an era when otherwise trusted science has been repeatedly questioned at the national level, Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) advocated before the Joint Committee on Education for a bill he filed that will ensure scientifically accepted standards for Massachusetts students.

Gordon filed H. 471, “An Act Relative to Science Curriculum Standards”, co-authored with Bedford science professor Abby Hafer.

Advocating for Affordable Access to Early Childhood Education

Submitted on behalf of Rep. Ken Gordon and Sen. Cindy F. Friedman

Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) and Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) are advocating for legislation they filed which would call for more affordable, accessible and high-quality early education and childcare for families in the Commonwealth. Their bills, H.470 and S.288, which are identical, are part of an ongoing effort to make childcare more affordable and available to all parents in the state.

In his testimony during a recent public hearing before the Joint Committee on Education, Gordon said, “The average cost of quality early childcare and education, involving licensed and trained employees, is thousands of dollars per month in Massachusetts,” said Gordon. “That leaves childcare and pre-school out of reach for many families, and it creates a barrier for parents to return to work. We have to address this problem by providing better care, at more affordable rates, so parents, especially women, can return to the workforce when they are ready.”

Massachusetts House Passes Balanced FY20 Budget including Amendments Filed by Rep Ken Gordon

Submitted by the Office of State Representative Ken Gordon

Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass its Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) budget, which invests in programs and services across the Commonwealth. Funded at $42.7 billion, the House budget makes major investments in education, substance-use disorder services, health care, and other areas. The budget also provides for a more than $200 million deposit into the Stabilization Fund – bringing the fund’s balance to more than $2.5 billion to safeguard the future of vital programs and services.

“I am proud that the House has yet again assembled a fiscally responsible budget that increases funding to public schools and local governments, ensuring that our cities and towns have the resources they need to continue to succeed. This budget represents a significant step forward for our residents and particularly our students, who will benefit from important education funding increases,” said Rep. Gordon.

Bedford Receives Downtown Revitalization Award

Submitted by Massachusetts’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

Bedford is one of 20 Massachusetts communities -Athol, Auburn, Bedford, Billerica, Dracut, Groveland, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Milford, Montague, Newburyport, North Adams, Reading, Shelburne, Shrewsbury, Spencer, Stoughton, Topsfield, and Wayland – to receive a $15,000 Downtown Revitalization Award through the Baker-Polito Administration.

The 2019 awards were presented by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Janelle Chan in Topsfield on February 7.

Rep. Ken Gordon Invites State House Internship Applications by Local College Students for Summer, 2019

Special to The Bedford Citizen

Representative Ken Gordon is accepting applications for college level internships in his office during Summer 2019. Internships at the State House are unpaid. Any college student is welcome to apply. Applicants with a connection to the Rep. Gordon’s district, (Bedford, Burlington, or Wilmington) will be given preference.

While each internship is unique and largely reflects the interests of the intern, the following provides a broad outline of the program:

Rep. Ken Gordon Files Pair of Bills to Facilitate Unemployment Benefits for Furloughed Federal Workers

Special to The Bedford Citizen

Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) has filed two bills that will directly help Massachusetts federal workers who have been furloughed in the current federal shutdown.

These bills will not only define the workers as specifically eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, but they will eliminate the one-week waiting period usually required of unemployed workers and remove the requirement that they repay benefits if they are provided full back pay upon their return to work.

“Our federal workers are being used as bargaining chips by an executive who can’t get Congress to give him his way,” said Rep. Gordon. “We will and we must protect our Massachusetts workers during this crisis.”

Minuteman Bikeway Anniversary News

Submitted by Suzy Enos on behalf of Bikeway25.org

Governor Charlie Baker has issued a Governor’s Citation to the Town of Bedford on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway. He recognized our ‘vision in planning, advocating, creating and maintaining the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway – a treasured resource providing healthy, clean transportation and recreation.” It’s great to have the Minuteman top of mind for Governor Baker as Bedford waits for funding for the Minuteman extension to the Concord line. Stop by the Friends of the Minuteman booth at the Anniversary Celebration to see drawings and status of the extension.

Bedford’s festivities begin at the Bikeway Source (across South Road from Depot Park) at 11 am on Saturday, September 29, with special events along the trail as it wends its way to Arlington.

State Senator Mike Barrett Joins Worldwide Summit on Global Warming

Submitted by the Office of State Senator Mike Barrett

State Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington) is in San Francisco this week to participate in the Global Climate Action Summit organized by California governor Jerry Brown and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The invitation came from organizers of the event. Barrett, Senate chair of the state legislative committee concerned with energy issues, wrote legislation approved unanimously by the Senate earlier this year to “put a price on carbon.” Barrett, along with many economists, contends that carbon pricing is the single most effective step a government can take to combat climate change.

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