WBUR: Why Immigrant-Friendly Legislation Has Stalled In Mass.

BOSTON — With comprehensive immigration reform once again stalled on Capitol Hill, local advocates have been turning to Beacon Hill. States across the country are taking immigration issues into their own hands. Last year, eight states passed laws that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. But, here in Massachusetts, there’s been little appetite […]

MWDN: Mass. House OKs minimum-wage hike to $10.50

BOSTON — The House voted to raise the state’s minimum-wage bill on Wednesday from $8 to $10.50, with the majority of Greater Lowell representatives voting in favor. The 123-24 vote would also freeze unemployment insurance, raise the tipped minimum wage and protect the rights of domestic workers. State Reps. Jim Lyons, R-Andover, Marc Lombardo, R-Billerica, […]

Making ends meet on minimum wage

When asked what her ideal job would be, Littleton native Maureen Parlon paused. “I don’t know,” she admitted. “I guess I’ve always wanted to be a nurse’s aide. If I could find a job in a nursing home, I’d love that.” Thinking about a dream job is “on a different spectrum,” explained Parlon. Right now, […]

Commonwealth Magazine: Super PAC bill may be too late to cover governor’s race

The Massachusetts Legislature is likely to take up a campaign finance package that would impose stricter disclosure rules on super PACs soon, but the new regulations are unlikely to take effect before November’s gubernatorial contest. “We want to do a bill that addresses campaign finance, especially super PACs and dark money,” said Sen. Barry Finegold, […]

MWDN: Senate passes bill to ease water department debts

By Allison DeAngelis, Daily News Correspondent BOSTON — The state Senate unanimously approved legislation Thursday that will provide more than $50 million in funding to municipalities struggling to maintain and update water infrastructure systems. “This bill is creating a stronger framework to make sure the state is supporting communities, but also pushing them to be […]

MWDN: Conquering the Hill

By: Kendall Hatch If there were a list of the most dedicated people at the Massachusetts State House, chances are you’d find John Anton and Melissa Reilly on it. Anton and Reilly, both adults with Down syndrome, are part-time aides in the offices of a pair of local legislators – Anton works in the office […]

Change urged for war on drug abuse

By Chelsea Diana, State House Correspondent BOSTON — District Attorney Marian T. Ryan says the 25 opiate-related deaths in Middlesex County in the new year is proof enough that a change in the way drug abusers are treated in the criminal-justice system is needed. “That is a public-health issue,” Ryan said during a criminal-justice forum […]

MWDN: Senator urges advocacy on climate change

By Scott O’Connell WAYLAND – Several substantial measures aimed at combating climate change are queued up in the Legislature, but it will take a big push from advocates to get them passed, state Sen. Jamie Eldridge told a regional environmental group Thursday night. The Acton Democrat urged the approximately 50 people at the 350MA MetroWest […]

The Enterprise: South Shore legislators suggest ways to address housing crisis

QUINCY – Hire more legal aid lawyers to help low-income renters fighting eviction; build more multi-family housing that’s affordable for working families and the working poor; and beef up daycare subsidies for low-wage workers. These are some solutions that could reverse the trend of the growing numbers of homeless families and individuals in Massachusetts, say […]

MWDN: Local legislators finding new ways to communicate

By Laura Krantz, Metro West Daily News It’s a typical day in the life of state Sen. Jamie Eldridge: @IAMMGraham: @JamieEldridgeMA …Do you support mandatory road tests for drivers 75 and older? @JamieEldridgeMA: @IAMMGraham yes. @IAMMGraham: @JamieEldridgeMA Terrific! Let’s work together to get this done for Massachusetts before another event like #Worcester today @PhotoLumination: @JamieEldridgeMA […]