Roundup of State House news: New town flag, public housing reform, and students honored

Above: Representative Dykema and senator Eldridge present a new Southborough town flag to be displayed in the Great Hall of the State House. (Photo contributed by the Office of Representative Carolyn Dykema)

Here’s a roundup of what our representative and senator have been up to lately: A water leak in the State House damaged the town’s previous flag. Representative Dykema and senator Eldridge presented a new one to be displayed in the Great Hall of the State House. This spring, three Southborough students were honored for their writing.

If you would like to know what else they have been up to on our behalf, here are the headlines from the press releases we’ve been stock piling:

  • Legislature sends water infrastructure reform bill to governor
  • Small farms and fisheries tax credit legislation becomes law
  • Senate passes local housing authority bill
  • Representative Dykema and senator Eldridge present new Southborough town flag
  • Joint committee on housing releases public housing authority reform bill
  • Dykema adds funding for Hopkinton’s Maspenock Dam to environmental bond bill
  • Representative Dykema hosting teens and drugs presentation at Holliston Middle School
  • Students honored at State House
  • Senator Eldridge votes to pass fiscal year 2015 budget
  • Four-hundred seniors turnout for 34th annual Senior Conference at Hudson High School

Scroll down for excerpt from each story, and link to full press release.

Legislature sends water infrastructure reform bill to governor- August 4, 2014

Senator Eldridge and Representative Dykema lead four-year effort to increase state investment in water infrastructure, incentivize green infrastructure, improve best management practices in water districts, and encourage water infrastructure innovation. (read more)

Small farms and fisheries tax credit legislation becomes law – August 4, 2014

On July 31st, the state legislature passed H4377, an act promoting economic growth across the CommonwealthThe bill includes legislation for an investment tax credit for small farms and fisheries filed by Representative Carolyn Dykema. The bill also funds and encourages economic development, job creation, STEM education, workforce development, and infrastructural investment. (read more)

Senate passes local housing authority bill– July 25, 2014

The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed legislation to strengthen requirements of local housing authorities, increase performance management, and encourage innovation in future housing development. There are currently over 240 local housing authorities in Massachusetts.

“This bill takes necessary steps to improve public housing in communities around the state while addressing transparency and accountability at the local level,” said Senator Jamie Eldridge. (read more)

Representative Dykema and senator Eldridge present new Southborough town flag – July 18, 2014

After the previous flag was damaged due to a water leak in the Great Hall in the State House, Senator James Eldridge (L) and Representative Carolyn Dykema (R) were proud to display the new Southborough town flag on July 17th.

A flag from every town in Massachusetts is showcased in the Great Hall of the State House. Southborough’s new flag will be added to this display shortly.

Joint committee on housing releases public housing authority reform bill – June 18, 2014

The Joint Committee on Housing today released legislation that improves state-aided public housing programs through greater transparency and increases operational capacity at local housing authorities across the Commonwealth .

“This bill takes necessary steps to improve public housing in communities around the state while addressing transparency and accountability at the local level,” said the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Housing, Sen. Jamie Eldridge. (read more)

Dykema adds funding for Hopkinton’s Maspenock Dam to environmental bond bill –  June 16, 2014

“The passage of this bill represents a step forward in conservation efforts for the Commonwealth,” said Representative Carolyn Dykema. “The protection of our environment and natural resources is vital to the success of our communities both now and in the future,” . . . Included in this bill is the authorization of $1 million for repairs and improvements to the Lake Maspenock dam in Hopkinton. (read more)

Representative Dykema hosting teens and drugs presentation at Holliston Middle School – June 6, 2014

On Monday June 9th, Representative Carolyn Dykema  hosted a discussion for parents about teenage substance abuse in the Robert H. Adams Middle School Auditorium at 7 p.m. “There are some very dangerous and deadly drugs on the streets, even in Holliston,” Representative Dykema stated. (read more)

Southborough students honored at State House – May 27, 2014

Southborough residents Maya Polackal, Sean Pierson, and Alisha Faherty were honored by Letters About Literature, a national reading and writing project from the Library of Congress that is run by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. (read more)

Senator Eldridge votes to pass fiscal year 2015 budget– May 23, 2014

Senator Jamie Eldridge (D- Acton) announced that the Massachusetts Senate completed its Fiscal Year 2015 budget debate on Thursday evening, May 22nd, passing a balanced $36.2 billion budget after months of budget meetings, advocacy, and rallies at the State House. (read more)

Four-hundred seniors turnout for 34th annual Senior Conference at Hudson High SchoolApril 29, 2014

“The 34th Annual Senior Conference, held on Thursday, April 24th at Hudson High School was a great success, with a turnout of over 400 seniors from each of the fourteen communities in the Middlesex and Worcester district. I want to thank all of the seniors who attended this year’s conference, giving me a chance to learn more about their concerns and how state government can better serve them,” said senator Eldridge. (read more)

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Darrell Davis
8 years ago

More attention needs to be paid to the waste and fraud in public housing. Money that should be used to revitalize those communities.

Frank Crowell
8 years ago

A water leak in the Great Hall in the State House would be the least of our worries on Beacon Hill.

Could we get an update from either one on the more meaty topics of the day?

Does Ms Dekema still support the speaker?

If the gas tax referendum passes, will they both pledge not to support any legislation that undercuts the people’s will? If not, why not?

If memory serves me well, one of our award winning school committee members pointed out that we are not getting our full subsidy for buses. This was pointed out during the May election process (I am sure someone will correct me if this is wrong). What have either of them done to fix this issue?

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