Beacon Hill Times — Update from Rep. Livingstone on the state budget and its local impact. “The Boston Landmarks Orchestra, an organization that provides many services throughout Boston in addition to the free summer performances put on at the Hatch Shell each summer, was a grant recipient. The Landmarks Orchestra received a $75,000 grant for the purpose of covering the cost of the significantly increased security at the Hatch shell that the State Police require in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy.” Read the story.
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Dear Friends. . .
I hope that this newsletter find you well. Spring has begun and the snow has finally melted. With the change of the season comes the excitement of a new budget cycle. The House Committee on Ways and Means plans to release their budget this week, and I will do my best to keep you informed each step of the way. My office has heard a variety of requests from the 8th Suffolk District, and all of those needs will be considered as I review budgetary matters. Among the priorities that I will be advocating for that I am particularly excited about is a continued effort to ensure proper funding for Early Education.
In this issue of the Dispatch, I have highlighted some pieces of legislation that I have co-sponsored this session. I’ve broken them down into categories to give you a sense of the variety of bills and innovative ideas that I am excited to work on. This is a small sample of a variety of bills that I have co-sponsored. I have also included details about my new office location as well as my monthly Office Hours so that we can keep in touch. I hope to see you soon, whether it be in the State House or in the District. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to my office if you have any questions or requests.
8th Suffolk District
Since Committee Assignments were made, a lot of offices have been relocating in the State House. I recently moved to a new office as well. My legislative aide and I are excited about our new location in the Judiciary Committee suite!
If you would like to come by to visit, feel free to schedule an appointment with my legislative aide, Caitlin Duffy (Caitlin.Duffy@MAHouse.gov), or stop by Room 136! Below is our new contact information:
Office: (617) 722-2396
Fax: (617) 722-2819
Check out these blog posts on my website to see how I did on some legislative score cards!
Along with the pieces of legislation that I filed as a lead sponsor this session, I have had the opportunity to work with other legislators to sign onto other important pieces of legislation. Below are just some highlights of bills that I am excited to support and will be watching this session. To read about all of them, go to my legislative webpage!
Every week, I will be in the community to receive feedback, ideas, and suggestions on both local neighborhood issues and statewide policy priorities. Below is the schedule for April. Hope to see you there!
The schedule of office hours is as follows:
Beacon Hill: Panificio Bistro and Bakery
Thursday, April 16th, 8:30am-9:30am
144 Charles St. Boston, MA 02134
West End: J Pace & Son
Wednesday, April 22nd, 8:30am-9:30am
75 Blossom Court Boston, MA 02114
Back Bay: Thinking Cup
Tuesday, April 28th, 8:30am-9:30am
85 Newbury St. Boston, MA 02116
Central Square: 1369 Coffee House
Thursday, April 30th, 8:30am-9:30am
757 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA 02139
An Act to facilitate alternatives to foreclosure
Sponsored by Rep Keefe; This bill would require banks to mediate in good faith with homeowners to identify alternative resolutions before starting foreclosure and establishes the Massachusetts Foreclosure Mediation Program, (MFMP), administered by the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration and overseen by the Attorney General. (H.888)
An Act to establish an apprenticeship program to ready vacant public housing apartments for occupancy
Sponsored by Rep. Honan; This bill would establish an apprenticeship training program to enable public housing residents to obtain the education, job skills training, job placement assistance, and long-term follow-up leading to economic self-sufficiency. (H.1108)
To see a complete list of bills that I co-sponsored this session, visit my legislative webpage at www.malegislature.gov/People/Profile/J_L1
Representative Jay Livingstone filed a bill in the current legislative session called An Act relative to ensuring the Well Being of All Children in the Commonwealth (HD 2844). The bill, which was the result of a collaboration with the nonprofit Healthcare for All, works to amend a range of concerns for low income children in the Commonwealth. The Healthy Food, Healthy Homes, Healthy Children (HHH) Coalition, a diverse group of human service providers, researchers, and advocacy organizations, have backed this legislation and view it as a holistic approach to fixing these issues.
Specifically the bill focuses on healthcare, shelter, and nutrition issues that are being faced by children in Massachusetts. It works to combat disparity by:
- Increasing access to food benefits such as SNAP, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the School Breakfast Program.
- Making families that are at risk of homelessness immediately eligible for emergency shelter.
- Assessing the capacity of schools to screen for medical conditions that prevent students from learning.
- Establishing a common application portal for SNAP and MassHealth benefits and reduces access barriers and churning of SNAP coverage.
- Ensuring that children in emergency shelter can get to medical appointments.
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact us.