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Monthly Archives: August 2016

With members of the canine community in attendance, Gov. Baker signs the animal safety legislation Posted on Aug 25

With members of the canine community in attendance, Gov. Baker signs the animal safety legislation

Outside at Ashburton Park, surrounded by both humans and puppies alike, Governor Charlie Baker ceremoniously signed An Act preventing animal suffering and death. This legislation prohibits the confinement of animals to vehicles where they are subject to danger from extreme weather conditions, limits the length animals   …Continue Reading With members of the canine community in attendance, Gov. Baker signs the animal safety legislation

Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito visit Concord following tornado hit Posted on Aug 23

Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito visit Concord following tornado hit

On Monday afternoon, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined Director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Kurt Schwartz and other MEMA officials in Concord to meet with emergency first responders and to inspect tornado damage resulting from the severe storms that his the   …Continue Reading Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito visit Concord following tornado hit

New partnership to teach safe opioid prescribing strategies announced; revamped prescription drug monitoring program launched Posted on Aug 23

New partnership to teach safe opioid prescribing strategies announced; revamped prescription drug monitoring program launched

Massachusetts state government rolled out a new version of its prescription monitoring program on Monday, which will be easier for doctors to use and will allow data sharing between states. Gov. Charlie Baker also on Monday announced a new partnership among the state’s teaching programs   …Continue Reading New partnership to teach safe opioid prescribing strategies announced; revamped prescription drug monitoring program launched

At Smolak Farms in North Andover, Governor Baker outlines continued actions on drought Posted on Aug 19

At Smolak Farms in North Andover, Governor Baker outlines continued actions on drought

In response to the current widespread drought across the Commonwealth, Governor Charlie Baker outlined continued actions to be taken by state agencies to assist Massachusetts’ residents, farmers, and municipalities as the region continues to face the effects associated with prolonged drought conditions. Joined by state and   …Continue Reading At Smolak Farms in North Andover, Governor Baker outlines continued actions on drought

Governor Baker announces $90 million investment in affordable housing Posted on Aug 16

Governor Baker announces $90 million investment in affordable housing

With the goal of continuing to expand affordable housing options for Massachusetts families, and making the Commonwealth more prosperous and more inclusive, the Baker-Polito Administration announced on Monday an investment of more than $90 million in the development, renovation and preservation of affordable rental housing across the   …Continue Reading Governor Baker announces $90 million investment in affordable housing

Billion dollar economic development package spurs opportunities for all Posted on Aug 11

Billion dollar economic development package spurs opportunities for all

When Governor Baker announced the Administration’s “Opportunities for All” economic development legislation in January, he outlined goals for fostering strong communities, continuing to build a highly-trained workforce, and continuing the Commonwealth’s commitment to welcoming emerging technologies. The $1 billion economic development package was passed unanimously   …Continue Reading Billion dollar economic development package spurs opportunities for all

Governor Baker signs legislation giving local government additional tools Posted on Aug 10

Governor Baker signs legislation giving local government additional tools

On Tuesday, August 9th, Governor Baker signed into law H. 4565, An Act modernizing municipal finance and government, in a ceremony attended by dozens of local officials, legislators, and other stakeholders. The bill, known commonly as the Municipal Modernization Bill, is based on four foundational goals, designed   …Continue Reading Governor Baker signs legislation giving local government additional tools

Energy legislation embraces hydro, offshore wind; invests in energy storage tech Posted on Aug 9

Energy legislation embraces hydro, offshore wind; invests in energy storage tech

Massachusetts and the New England region are at a crossroads that requires us to work collaboratively to make targeted decisions and investments regarding our regional energy and electricity infrastructure. During a signing ceremony held on the West Lawn of the Statehouse with legislative leaders and other stakeholders, Governor Baker   …Continue Reading Energy legislation embraces hydro, offshore wind; invests in energy storage tech

Governor Baker signs bipartisan pay equity bill into law Posted on Aug 2

Governor Baker signs bipartisan pay equity bill into law

Following unanimous bipartisan votes in the House and the Senate, Governor Baker signed the Commonwealth’s pay equity legislation into law on Monday, August 1. This new law (S.2119 – An Act to Establish Pay Equity) ensures equal pay for comparable work for all Massachusetts workers and equal opportunities   …Continue Reading Governor Baker signs bipartisan pay equity bill into law