Senate Passes Unemployment Insurance Reform Bill

The Senate on Thursday voted 33-4 to pass legislation that will lower costs for businesses and support the growing economy in the Commonwealth. The bill introduces an updated rating table, puts in place a multi-year rate freeze and expands the seasonal employer exemption.

“This bill will provide financial predictability, reward positive employment histories with lower costs and foster a healthy economy that supports the business community,” Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) said. “These reforms strike a careful balance between providing businesses with a helping hand without taking that same hand away from the unemployed.

Single Use Plastic Bags

I’ve been asked by a new group in Watertown — “Rethink Plastic” — to make a statement about eliminating single use plastic bags. I’m pleased to do so! I do support eliminating single use plastic bags. I am cosponsor of a bill, House 696, which would address this issue statewide. The environmental damage that plastic […]

Invitation to Public Oversight Hearing on the MBTA Retirement Fund

Senator Brownsberger and Representative Aaron Michlewitz, Chairs of the Joint Committee on Public Service, issued the following invitation to a public oversight hearing of the Joint Committee on Public Service.   TO:                   Individuals listed in Attachment FROM:            Representative Aaron Michlewitz and Senator William N. Brownsberger, Chairs of […]

Animal Cruelty

I have recently received a number of emails in the form below asking me to support Senate 1626 to protect circus elephants. I do support this legislation, and I am, in fact, a cosponsor.  I believe that at some point in the future, we will look back on the days when we trucked circus animals […]