S626, An Act relative to the withholding of rent

Senator Brownsberger submitted the following written testimony to the Committee on the Judiciary. TO:          Committee on the Judiciary  FROM:    Senator William N. Brownsberger  RE:          S626, An Act relative to the withholding of rent DATE:     June 19, 2013    I am writing in support of S626, An Act relative to the withholding of rent.  Massachusetts needs […]

S419 and S420, Automobile insurance rating system

Senator Brownsberger submitted the following written testimony to the Joint Committee on Financial Services. TO:         Committee on Financial Services  FROM:    Senator William N. Brownsberger  RE:           S419 and S420  DATE:      June 19, 2013  I am writing with regard to S419 and S420, both of which are concerned with the restoration of certain features of the former […]

The Senate’s Welfare Reform Proposal

The Senate has released its comprehensive proposal to strengthen the state’s largest cash assistance program, Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC). We will vote on it later this week. Here are the major components of the Senate’s proposal: First, the bill requires analysis and reporting on some fundamental program issues that have not […]

Keeping academic skills fresh in the summer months: summer reading and beyond

When children do not have access to summer learning opportunities, some of their academic gains can be lost over the summer months. While this kind of “summer slide,” or summer learning loss, tends to impact all students, it has a greater impact on low-income students. Summer learning programs, including summer reading, provide an opportunity to combat summer slide. Boston, […]

Book Recommendations

Reading is a great way to combat learning loss during the summer, as well as to feed your mind and enrich your life. What books do you recommend for children and adults this summer? For more information on summer learning loss, please see my post here: http://willbrownsberger.com/keeping-academic-skills-fresh-in-the-summer-months-summer-reading-and-beyond/ Anne Johnson Landry Committee Counsel and Policy Advisor […]