Wicked Local Hopkinton: MetroWest lawmakers push to restore budget perks

BOSTON – Lawmakers will push to restore money in the state budget for projects around MetroWest that were rejected by Gov. Charlie Baker, ranging from a program to help special education students in Holliston to a new commission focused on boosting development in the region. Baker, a Republican, eliminated $38 million worth of earmarks before […]

Fifty Plus Advocate: State officials visit constituents at 35th Senior Conference

By Ed Karvoski Jr. Hudson – State officials shared vital information with hundreds of guests at the 35th annual Senior Conference, held April 23 at Hudson High School. The free conference for constituents in the Middlesex and Worcester District was hosted for the seventh year by state Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton. “The Senior Conference is […]

Boston Herald/Cape Cod Times: Time to soften approach to nonviolent drug crimes

As co-chairmen of the Massachusetts Legislature’s Harm Reduction and Drug Law Reform Caucus, we applaud Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants for his powerful call to end mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug offenses. As anyone can tell from the opiate crisis affecting every Massachusetts community, the data are disturbing. Though the number of prisoners […]

Acton Wicked Local: Eldridge Talks Legal Reform

According to Democratic state Sen. Jamie Eldridge of Acton, it costs about $46,000 per year for each inmate in the Massachusetts prison system and that the system is the third-costliest item in the state budget after health care and education. Eldridge described the Massachusetts prison system as “broken” and reviewed pending legal reform legislation at […]