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.

Legislation Regarding Campus Sexual Misconduct Surveys, Civics Education, and Consumer Protections against Data Breaches

Submitted by the Office of Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford)

Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) joined his colleagues in the Legislature to numerous pieces of legislation last week including a bill requiring civics education curriculum in all Massachusetts public schools, a bill that would protect Massachusetts consumers, and a bill that would require higher education institutions to conduct climate surveys relative to sexual misconduct every two years.

Massachusetts Legislature Gives Clean Energy a Boost

Submitted by the Office of State Senator Mike Barrett

Governor Charlie Baker has signed An Act to Advance Clean Energy, with a formal signing ceremony to be announced.

On the last day of July, in the closing hours of the Legislature’s two-year session, negotiators for the Senate and House hammered out agreement on a bill that will boost electricity from solar and wind, get a better handle on natural gas leaks, and create “clean peak” incentives for driving down energy use at the busiest times, when the costliest and dirtiest electric power turns on.

Archaic Laws Governing Women’s Reproductive Rights Repealed

Submitted by State Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford)

Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) recently joined his colleagues in the Legislature to pass legislation repealing unconstitutional laws that impose criminal penalties for such health and family care treatment as abortion and contraception in Massachusetts. With an uncertain future for federal action on landmark reproductive rights, Massachusetts took decisive action to protect the rights for women across the Commonwealth. The bill was signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker on Friday, July 27, 2018

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