Chinese tariffs are taking a toll on Mass. lobster businesses, and lawmakers are speaking up

Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, of Gloucester, said in a June letter that the state’s lobstering industry “has become collateral damage in the Trump Administration’s trade war with China.” Ferrante has proposed a bill that would require state officials to prepare an annual strategic report for the state’s commercial fishing and shellfish industry. The evaluation would come…

$580K in budget earmarked for Cape Ann

The fiscal year 2020 budget also includes $580,000 in amendments authored by Tarr and state Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, D-Gloucester, to fund Cape Ann initiatives in public safety, water quality, economic development, marine genomics research, the Blue Economy, as well as community celebrations in Gloucester and Essex. Read more on the Gloucester Daily Times website→

Investing in Opportunity

This week, I joined my colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to pass a balanced fiscal year 2020 budget that invests heavily in education, economic development, and local aid, strengthens Cape Ann’s local economy and celebrates its history. The funding in this year’s budget for Cape Ann is reflective of our area’s people, our…

Protecting Cape Ann Workers and Markets

Last week, I sent a letter requesting that the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Export Development hold a hearing on Cape Ann to determine the effects of the Trump Administration trade war with China on the Massachusetts lobster industry.  I am concerned that two prominent Cape Ann seafood businesses, National Fish & Seafood and Pigeon Cove Whole Foods have recently shuttered…

Moulton, Ferrante: Trade war hurting lobstermen

In Boston, state Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante of Gloucester pushed for a hearing in Gloucester by a joint committee of the Massachusetts Legislature on the Trump administration’s trade policies with China “and its effects on the Massachusetts lobster industry and corresponding ports.” In a letter to the leadership of the Joint Committee on Export Development, Ferrante…

Representative Ferrante Secures Funds for Local Projects

Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) joined her colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to pass a balanced fiscal year 2019 Budget and the House Economic Development Bill which contain funds to support our fishermen, create new opportunities for those seeking a decent living, help protect the most vulnerable members of the Cape Ann community, and…

Representative Ferrante Joins Sen. Markey to Oppose Offshore Drilling

Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) joined U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) along with fishing, tourism, and environmental leaders at the New England Aquarium to oppose plans to open up new areas of New England coastline to offshore drilling, including Georges Bank, as proposed by the Trump Administration. “I am glad to join Senator Markey today to…

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