Press release round-up: News from the State House

Above: Representative Carolyn Dykema speaking at the Massachusetts Water Forum last month (contributed photo)

Our state representatives, Carolyn Dykema in the House and Jamie Eldridge in the Senate, have sent out a number of press releases over the past few weeks to update constituents on the goings-on in Boston. Here’s a round-up of their latest announcements.

Dykema Raises Concerns About Milford Casino Application (4/18/13)
In a letter sent earlier today, Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) calls on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to respond to concerns about the validity of the application for a resort casino license in Milford. (read more)

Dykema Supports Transportation Finance Legislation, Opposes Small Business Tax (4/9/13)
Last night, on behalf of our district, I voted to support transportation finance legislation that will increase funding to our towns for road repair and address concerns about state reliance on debt. Despite support for the plan by many business groups, my vote in favor of the plan was not easy; it required supporting a 3 cent per gallon gas tax increase and additional taxes on tobacco and commercial interests that will affect residents and local businesses in all of our towns. (read more)

Representative Dykema and Senator Eldridge Celebrate World Water Day with 2013 Massachusetts Water Forum (3/25/13)
Representative Carolyn Dykema and Senator Jamie Eldridge, co-chairs of the Water Infrastructure Finance Commission, joined Representative Russell Holmes and Foundation for a Green Future Inc. to co-host the 2013 Massachusetts Water Forum at the State House Friday in honor of United Nations World Water Day. (read more)

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Dean Dairy
11 years ago

Sen. Eldridge euphemistically calls for even more taxes than the House bill. But no press release? The Boston Globe:

First, though, Murray must muscle the legislation through the Senate, whose membership has changed significantly in the last several years, growing ­noticeably more liberal. Several of those senators side with ­Patrick on tax and transportation policy and are strongly critical of the House transportation bill, which eschews Patrick’s ­income tax hike and sales tax reduction for a range of taxes on gas, tobacco and businesses.

Senator James Eldridge, an Acton Democrat, called the House bill regressive. “I think we need a much stronger revenue package,” he said.

Frank Crowell
11 years ago

You know you live in Massachusetts when the state Senate, House and Governor all agree that taxes need to go up – they just disagree on how much. All run by the same party.

Any press conference on the government transparency in our future? How about an update on HD 3412?

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