House Passes Employee Rights Legislation

Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) along with her colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted to pass legislation to protect public sector employees’ rights following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus v. American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCM) ruling. The bill enables Massachusetts employee organizations to charge non-members the reasonable costs associated with…

MassDOT Announces $400,000 Funding Award for CATA

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced an additional $400,000 funding award for the Cape Ann Transit Authority (CATA) as part of a grant program to regional transit authorities to implement best practices and innovative services to benefit customers. Regional award winners have been selected based upon factors such as whether projects will increase ridership,…

Representative Ferrante Sponsors Environmental Legislation

Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) has sponsored a number of bills relating to the environment, clean energy, and climate change filed in the 191st session of the General Court of Massachusetts. “While talking with voters during election season, I heard repeatedly how worried people are in our communities about climate change and the impact it will…

DeLeo, Ferrante Announce $1B Climate Change Resiliency Plan

Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) announced a new House of Representatives initiative to invest $1 billion over the next 10 years to help communities across Massachusetts adopt technologies – including clean energy, energy efficiency, and climate change resiliency measures – that cut greenhouse gas emissions, fortify infrastructure and reduce municipal costs. The…

State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante Files New Priority Legislation

Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) has filed new legislation in the 191st session of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, focusing on financial reforms to benefit working- and middle-class families and continuing investment in local communities. “I have been concerned with the shrinking middle class,” said Ferrante. “There is little doubt that the financial crisis of 2008…

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…

House Passes Balanced FY18 Budget

Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) joined her colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives this week to pass a $40.4 billion FY18 budget which represents a commitment to fiscal responsibility. The spending bill protects vulnerable residents through investments in early education and care (EEC), substance addiction initiatives, homelessness programs, and funding to help individuals with developmental…

Representative Ferrante Sponsors Internet Privacy Legislation

Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) has co-sponsored legislation filed by House Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset) that would prevent internet service providers (ISPs) from selling their Massachusetts users’ personal data to third parties without their consent. The legislation in the Massachusetts House of Representatives is in response to legislation President Donald Trump signed into law…

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