House Passes Balanced FY2021 Budget

Last week, I voted along with my colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to pass a Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) budget, which invests in programs and services across the Commonwealth. Funded at $46 billion, the House budget aims to address the sweeping effects of the global pandemic by making targeted investments in housing, food security,…

Commonwealth Awards Over $5.9 Million to Support Food Security in Massachusetts

Continuing its ongoing efforts to support a resilient, secure local food supply chain in Massachusetts, the Commonwealth announced today $5.9 million in grants to address urgent food insecurity for residents across Massachusetts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including nearly $300,000 in grants to Cape Ann businesses and nonprofits. This funding is being awarded as part…

Commonwealth Announces Additional COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

The Commonwealth has announced a $774 million comprehensive plan to stabilize and grow the Massachusetts economy. The plan focuses on getting people back to work, supporting small businesses, fostering innovation, revitalizing downtowns and ensuring housing stability. This plan begins today by directing $115 million in new funding to small businesses and Main Streets hardest hit…

Commonwealth Announces COVID-19 Measures in Place to Ensure Readiness for Fall and Winter

The Commonwealth has provided an update on a series of initiatives that will keep supporting the residents of the Massachusetts to stop the spread of COVID-19, and ensure the state’s readiness status heading into the fall and winter. Led by the COVID-19 Command Center, the Commonwealth outlined inter-departmental programs that have been built or expanded…

Commonwealth Extends Tax Relief for Local Businesses

As the effects of COVID-19 have been felt across Massachusetts, the House of Representatives has worked with our colleagues in the Senate and the Baker-Polito Administration to address the public health and economic impacts of the pandemic, particularly for individuals and small businesses. In April, the Commonwealth implemented administrative tax relief measures for local businesses…

Rockport Awarded $183,000 Green Communities Grant

Cape Ann’s survival as a community depends on us to be good stewards of our natural environment. Rising sea levels could submerge homes and prevent public safety officers from responding to emergencies. Increasing water temperatures could inhibit our ability to harvest from the sea. Climbing atmospheric temperatures may increase the likelihood of respiratory issues.  Confronting…

RMV to Offer Designated Service Hours for Senior Residents

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) has announced that it will begin offering dedicated service hours for residents who are 75 years of age or older and are required to renew their Massachusetts driver’s license in person, including customers whose licenses/IDs were extended until September (March, April, and May expirations). The new designated service…

Ferrante Outlines House’s 2019-2020 Session Progress

During the ongoing Massachusetts 191st General Court’s 2019-2020 session – which has been extended through action taken by the Legislature – the House of Representatives has passed emergency legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as major legislation relating to education, transportation, and climate change. Following a decisive vote in July to extend the…

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