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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $39 Million in Capital Grant Funding to Educational and Research Institutions:

 

Grants will advance scientific discovery and prepare a highly skilled STEM workforce

 

Gloucester, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Life Science Center (MLSC) today announced $39 million in capital funding for research centers and life sciences training facilities at colleges, universities, middle schools and high schools across the Commonwealth. An event was held today at the Gloucester Marine Genomic Institute with Governor Baker to announce the awards on the North Shore. Regional events will be held in the coming weeks to formally announce the projects that will be funded in other areas of the state.

 

“Our administration is proud of Massachusetts’s global leadership in the life sciences, and we are committed to advancing that standing, training the next generation of entrepreneurs, and connecting residents across the state to careers,” said Governor Baker. “The projects that we are announcing today demonstrate our commitment to investing in the innovation economy, supporting game-changing technological research, and creating jobs in every region of the Commonwealth.”

 

“These capital grants from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center deepen our administration’s efforts to build vibrant regions, from Cape Ann to the Berkshires,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “By training middle school and high school students on state-of-the-art STEM equipment, and creating new pipelines for workforce development and scientific breakthroughs, these awards will create new economic opportunities in communities, and help build a stronger Massachusetts.”

 

“The MLSC continues to make major capital investments to support education and training at academic institutions across the entire Commonwealth in order to meet the workforce needs of our state’s fastest-growing industry,” said Travis McCready, President and CEO of the MLSC. “Through these resources, our academic institutions will be better positioned to connect students with job opportunities in the Massachusetts life sciences ecosystem, and our research institutions will have the infrastructure that they need to accelerate research and improve patient care.”

 

“One of our capital investment plan priorities is to make strategic investments in the future workforce of the Commonwealth, including STEM programs for our students,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore. “By awarding these capital grants today, the administration is once again leveraging our resources to invest in the Commonwealth’s growing biotech industry.” 

 

“Massachusetts is building the nation’s most competitive economy by investing in workforce development, and in the infrastructure of innovation,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “By spurring new scientific breakthroughs, and improving the quality of STEM education for students across Massachusetts, these awards will help make the Commonwealth a more dynamic place to live and work, and they will equip local residents with the skills needed to retain Massachusetts’s title as the most innovative state in the nation.”

 

Governor Baker announced a total of $35 million in MLSC competitive capital funding, for research and workforce training infrastructure at 14 higher education institutions and research institutes. The awarded projects will maintain Massachusetts’s leadership in life sciences research and development, and will deepen career pathways for students from the Pioneer Valley to the South Coast. 

 

The following projects will receive funding:

BioBuilder Learning Lab, Cambridge - $500,000

The BioBuilder Learning Lab will expand its curricular offerings, expanding innovative, hands-on STEM programming to roughly 1,000 new students, as well as hundreds of secondary and post-secondary teachers and community participants.

 

Bristol Community College, Fall River - $4,400,000

MLSC funds will help Bristol Community College overhaul its science and engineering buildings, and upgrade its STEM laboratories, modernizing the college’s academic and workforce offerings, and allowing BCC to equip students with the skills to obtain employment in bio-molecular, biochemical, and biotechnology laboratories, and in biomedical manufacturing facilities.

 

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston - $4,629,019

MLSC grant funding will support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Advanced Cell Therapy Unit, which will establish partnerships with commercial partners to refine cell therapy manufacturing processes, validate manufacturing procedures, and provide manufactured cellular products for patients enrolled in FDA-approved clinical trials.

 

Dean College, Franklin - $297,030

Dean College will update its laboratory equipment and training programs to expand STEM programming for the college’s diverse student community, and develop new courses in biotechnology and molecular biology.

 

Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute, Gloucester - $2,744,219

The Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute will establish a world-class marine genomics research institute on Gloucester Harbor, integrating the dynamic components of scientific discovery, workforce development and investment, and diversifying Gloucester’s maritime economy.

 

Harvard Medical School, Boston - $4,345,000

Harvard Medical School will partner with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to establish a new research and education program in regulatory science and precision medicine, focusing on overcoming the most difficult steps in drug development, to address unmet medical needs at lower cost.

 

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston - $4,912,307

Grant funding will support the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s creation of the BioBank for Microbiome Research (BIOM-Mass), an integrated platform that will dramatically increase capacity of the Massachusetts life sciences community to collect, use, and analyze microbiome-based biospecimens in human populations.

 

Framingham State University, Framingham - $454,000

Framingham State University will use MLSC capital funds to advance the completion and equipping of 16 new state-of-the-art biology and chemistry laboratories, and to equip classroom space for other STEM-focused academic programs, including mathematics and computer science.

 

Institute for Protein Innovation, Boston - $5,000,000

The IPI will build and operate an open-source antibody discovery platform focused on protein therapies, with the long-term goal of developing antibodies targeting the entire human extracellular proteome. This resource will enable scientific advances that drive economic activity, spur startup formation, and advance Massachusetts' competitive edge as the world leader in life sciences research and innovation.

 

Merrimack College, Andover - $500,000

MLSC funding will support the development of Merrimack’s Center for Innovation in Science and Engineering, deepening employment pipelines between the university and area life sciences and health sciences companies.

 

Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner - $1,646,787

MLSC grant funding will allow MWCC to renovate and equip classroom space, upgrading aging and outdated equipment, and launching a new Medical Laboratory Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science facility.

 

Smith College, Northampton - $496,638

Smith College will purchase advanced instrumentation equipment for two college research centers, allowing Smith to train life science majors with state-of-the-art technology, and grounding the college’s K-12 outreach endeavors in highly relevant practice.

 

UMass Lowell, Lowell - $5,000,000

Capital grant funds will provide UMass Lowell with the capacity to construct new research and teaching labs in biomedical engineering, deepening the university’s capacity to equip students with the training needed to advance the state’s medical device industry.

 

Westfield State University, Westfield - $75,000

Westfield State University will undertake significant capital improvements to classroom space, allowing the university to upgrade biotechnology workforce instruction.

 

The MLSC’s Competitive Capital Program provides grants for capital projects that support the life sciences ecosystem in Massachusetts by enabling and supporting life sciences workforce development and training, research and development, commercialization and manufacturing in the Commonwealth. The program funds high-potential economic development projects by nonprofit entities that make significant contributions to the state’s life sciences ecosystem. To date, the MLSC has awarded or committed more than $405 million to support capital projects across the state.

 

Today, Governor Baker also announced a total of $4 million in capital funding, for 49 recipients across Massachusetts, through the MLSC’s STEM Equipment and Supply Grant Program. For the first time, MLSC is pairing capital STEM equipment grants with resources for teacher professional development, to train educators on new STEM equipment. The MLSC is awarding a total of $400,000 in teacher professional development grants to the capital grant recipients. 

 

Governor Baker announced funding for the following schools:

* Bartlett High School, Webster - $16,112

* Bay State Academy Charter Public School, Springfield - $110,000

* Boston Educational Development Foundation, Inc., Boston - $222,415

* Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical High School, Taunton - $100,000

* Brockton High School, Brockton - $109,988

* Brooke Charter High School, Boston - $100,000

* Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Cambridge - $105,000

* Chelsea High School, Chelsea - $108,029

* Chicopee Comprehensive High School, Chicopee - $105,579

* Collins Middle School, Salem - $39,525

* Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Fall River - $99,951

* East Boston High School, Boston - $110,000

* George Keverian Middle School, Everett - $59,629

* Global Learning Charter Public School - New Bedford $107,982

* Gloucester High School, Gloucester - $109,154

* Goodrich Academy, Fitchburg - $105,345

* Greater Lawrence Technical High School, Andover - $93,410

* Holyoke High School and Dean Technical High School, Holyoke - $210,798

* Jeremiah E. Burke High School, Boston - $105,700

* John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, Boston - $186,420

* Lynn English High School, Lynn - $57,311

* Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Boston - $110,000

* Malden High School, Malden - $26,000

* Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation, Cambridge - $95,000

* Matthew J. Kuss Middle School, Fall River - $40,530

* McCann Technical School, North Adams - $29,164

* Medford Vocational Technical High School, Medford - $99,516

* Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Lexington - $108,172

* Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, Fitchburg - $99,697

* Nashoba Valley Technical High School, Westford - $101,476

* New Bedford High School, New Bedford - $110,000

* New Bedford Middle Schools, New Bedford - $25,000

* Northbridge High School, Whitinsville - $110,000

* O'Malley Innovation Middle School, Gloucester - $56,933

* Prospect Hill Academy Charter School, Cambridge - $21,000

* Quaboag Middle Innovation School, Warren - $50,000

* Quincy Middle Schools, Quincy - $121,890

* Richardson Middle School, Dracut - $60,000

* Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, Billerica - $110,000

* Sizer Charter School, Fitchburg - $14,780

* Snowden International School, Boston - $101,600

* South High Community School, Worcester - $91,609

* Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, North Easton - $99,995

* Springfield High School of Commerce, Springfield - $110,000

* Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield - $40,040

* TechBoston Academy High School, Boston - $105,970

* Tenney Grammar School, Methuen - $49,678

* Veritas Preparatory Charter School, Springfield - $38,000

* Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School, Haverhill - $109,342

 

The MLSC’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Equipment and Supplies Grant Program funds the purchase of equipment and supplies for high schools and middle schools in the Commonwealth. The program helps schools train students for life sciences careers, increase student achievement and student interest in STEM fields, and support the implementation of the state's STEM standards. The competitive program is open to vocational-technical high schools, public high schools and middle schools located in Gateway Cities, and public high schools and middle schools with economically disadvantaged student populations. To date, the STEM Equipment and Supplies Grant Program has awarded more than $16.3 million to 149 different schools and organizations throughout Massachusetts, and leveraged more than $1 million in matching funds from industry partners.

 

About the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center:

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is an investment agency that supports life sciences innovation, education, research and development and commercialization. The MLSC is charged with implementing a $1-billion, state-funded investment initiative. These investments create jobs and support advances that improve health and well-being. The MLSC offers the nation’s most comprehensive set of incentives and collaborative programs targeted to the life sciences ecosystem. These programs propel the growth that has made Massachusetts the global leader in life sciences. The MLSC creates new models for collaboration and partners with organizations, both public and private, around the world to promote innovation in the life sciences. Learn more at http://www.masslifesciences.com/.


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Governor Baker Seeks $200 Million in Chapter 90 Transportation Funds for Local Infrastructure Improvements:

 

Administration requests funding for municipal bridge, road, and infrastructure improvements

 

Boston, MA -- The Baker-Polito Administration is filing “An Act Financing Improvements to Municipal Roads and Bridges,” which requests $200 million in Chapter 90 funds for local transportation infrastructure projects across Massachusetts.

 

“We are proud to once again file for $200 million for Chapter 90 funds for cities and towns as we approach the road construction season,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This essential and flexible funding allows our municipalities to make infrastructure upgrades that promote reliability and public safety on roads and bridges, as well as economic development and job creation, and we hope for swift action by the legislature.”

 

Through the Chapter 90 program, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) reimburses cities and towns for costs incurred for eligible transportation projects. Funding is awarded by municipality, and is predetermined by a formula that includes factors such as population, road miles, and employment. This is the third year that the Baker-Polito Administration has filed for $200 million for Chapter 90 funds. In total, since taking office in 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has released $500 million in Chapter 90 infrastructure funds.

 

“Our administration has prioritized strengthening the state’s relationship with the Commonwealth’s cities and towns, and Chapter 90 funding is an important resource in that partnership,” said Lieutenant Governor Polito. “In addition to unrestricted local aid and Chapter 70 education monies, these infrastructure funds are yet one more tool for local leaders to apply to their specific needs and improve their communities.”

 

The legislation includes a technical change to allow municipalities to more easily use Chapter 90 funds upon approval of the grant by MassDOT, removing an existing requirement that an appropriation be made by the local legislative body.

 

“Prioritizing aid for our cities and towns has always been at the forefront during our budget planning process, and the administration has continued this commitment this year,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Lepore. “Local aid, including Chapter 90 funding, is key to ensuring all communities across Massachusetts thrive.”

 

“We are proud to work closely with cities and towns to improve transportation infrastructure,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “Chapter 90 funding allows municipal leaders who best know the needs of their communities to make crucial capital improvements that keep the Commonwealth moving forward.”

 

In addition to the Chapter 90 funding, the legislation also includes $30 million for a mobility assistance program through which MassDOT can purchase accessible vehicles on behalf of municipal transit agencies, local councils on aging, and private non-profits to provide transportation services to seniors and individuals with disabilities. The bill also provides $70 million for upgrades to the Registry of Motor Vehicles’ core information technology system, ATLAS.

 

In one of his first official acts after taking office in 2015, Governor Baker directed MassDOT to release $100 million in Chapter 90 funds that had been promised the previous year, fulfilling a commitment made to cities and towns. In total, the Baker-Polito Administration has released $500 million in Chapter 90 infrastructure funds, and if approved by the legislature, today’s request would bring that total to $700 million.

 

More information about the Chapter 90 Program is available here.


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Governor Baker Announces Launch of Search for Permanent MBTA General Manager:

 

Recommends Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) exercise two-year extension to 2020

 

Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker today announced that Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary Stephanie Pollack is launching the search for a permanent CEO and General Manager for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).  Governor Baker also recommended in his address before the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, that the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) exercise the two-year extension of its governance of the MBTA, as permitted by statute. Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve will continue to serve as Acting General Manager in the interim and will sit on the search panel.

 

“The MBTA is showing real progress in its turnaround, from vastly improved winter operations to cutting its operating deficit by more than half, but more work is needed to deliver better and more efficient results to riders and taxpayers,” said Governor Baker. “As the MBTA enters this next phase, the time is right for a transformative and permanent General Manager with a strong business background and experience in delivering major capital programming and providing direct service to customers. The unrelenting dedication and talent provided by Secretary Pollack, Brian Shortsleeve and Jeff Gonneville, has steered the MBTA in a better direction, and we look forward to their steady leadership as the search for a turnaround CEO proceeds. The Fiscal and Management Control Board is playing a critical role in reforming the MBTA and we welcome their request to extend their governance to continue the MBTA’s turnaround.”

 

Secretary Pollack, who by statute is charged with hiring the MBTA’s General Manager, has created a GM Search Advisory Panel, and is in the process of securing an executive search firm to identify a CEO-style GM whose primary focus will be to continue the work of changing the MBTA’s culture to focus on performance, capital investment and improved customer service. The search process will be coordinated closely with members of the FMCB, and board member Steve Poftak will serve on the search panel.  

 

“The MBTA now has the momentum to implement changes which will give customers the service they need and deserve and to rebuild its aging infrastructure,” said Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack. “A new General Manager and the continued partnership of the Fiscal and Management Control Board will create the stability necessary for the MBTA to complete its transformation into the high performing, customer-focused transit agency to better serve the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

 

Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve, who assumed the dual  role of Acting General Manager in July 2016, and MBTA Chief Operating Officer Jeff Gonneville, will continue their current leadership positions at the MBTA, focusing respectively on the MBTA’s fiscal sustainability and day-to-day operations, and serving on the search panel. Shortsleeve has served in his dual roles since July, 2016, when he assumed the role of Acting General Manager.

 

“I look forward to assisting in the search for a permanent General Manager who will continue the progress we have made in delivering better service for our riders,” said Acting General Manager and Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve,” and focusing full time on the MBTA’s long term fiscal sustainability for taxpayers.”

 

By statute, the FMCB sunsets at the end of June, 2018, with the option for the board to exercise a single, two-year extension through June, 2020. Extending the existing governance model for two years will ensure a longer-term structure is in place for General Manager candidates to consider while the search is underway and after their selection.


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Governor Baker Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal:

 

$40.5 billion budget invests in local aid, education, workforce development, and key support services without raising taxes; proposes new method for making deposits to the Stabilization fund, including a $98 million deposit in FY18

 

Boston, MA -- Today, the Baker-Polito Administration filed its Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) budget proposal, a $40.508 billion spending plan which funds key priorities including local aid, education, workforce development, housing and homelessness services, and substance misuse prevention programs, while keeping spending in line with recurring revenues and does not raise taxes. 

 

“This budget reaffirms our commitment to the hardworking people of the Commonwealth to propose a balanced budget that significantly invests in education, workforce development and funds to fight the opioid epidemic -- without raising taxes,” said Governor Baker. “While practicing fiscal discipline and reining in spending, we are also pleased to introduce new initiatives like the ‘Learn to Earn’ program to shrink the unemployment and underemployment gap in our state and a $4,000 tax-credit for employers hiring an unemployed veteran.  I look forward to working with our colleagues in the legislature so that we can all make Massachusetts a better place to live, work, and raise a family.”

 

The FY18 proposal increases spending by 4.3%, or 2.7% net of MassHealth revenue, over Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) estimated spending, and relies on a consensus tax revenue estimate of $27.072 billion, which is 3.9% growth over the revised FY17 tax revenue projection. 

 

“Our administration has been pleased to deliver on our promise to give communities a voice and place at the table on Beacon Hill – and we remain committed to doing so going forward,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “Our budget proposal once again provides a promised increase in unrestricted local aid equal to consensus revenue growth, historic levels of Chapter 70 education aid, funding for the Community Compact program, and other grant programs to provide local government with the resources they need to be successful.”

 

“Our Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal makes significant progress for the Commonwealth’s fiscal outlook,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore. “We nearly eliminate the structural deficit from a few years ago, significantly reduce the use of non-recurring revenue, hold the line on taxes, responsibly deposit money into our reserves, and pay down important long-term obligations like our unfunded pension liability.”

 

House 1 funds the administration’s past commitments of staff increases at the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and substance misuse prevention efforts, and also increases funding for Chapter 70 education aid, unrestricted general government aid (UGGA) at 100% of consensus revenue growth, homelessness prevention services, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), and recommends a new program to connect more job seekers with employment.

 

Stabilization Fund Reform and Deposit:

House 1 also recommends a new method to increase the Stabilization Fund during periods of economic growth, providing for a $98 million deposit into the fund in FY18, with potential for an additional deposit based on year-end surplus. If enacted, the new law would provide for two phases of rainy day fund deposits: first, a budgeted transfer of 50% of the consensus revenue estimate’s projected excess capital gains, and second, a requirement that 50% of above-budget tax revenue at the end of a fiscal year be directed to the Stabilization Fund, prior to year-end closeout and the finalization of consolidated net surplus.

 

Chapter 70 Funding at an All-Time High:

In the first two years of the Baker-Polito Administration, Chapter 70 aid to school districts has increased by $227 million to $4.628 billion, an all-time high, and Special Education Circuit Breaker funding has increased by nearly $20 million.

 

House 1 proposes a $91.4 million increase in Chapter 70 aid, providing at least a $20 per pupil increase to all 322 operating districts across the Commonwealth, supporting an 85% effort reduction to bring under-aided districts closer to their spending targets, and begins to address the rising cost of healthcare and retiree benefits in foundation budgets.

 

New “Learn to Earn” Program:

House 1 recommends $4 million for a new Learn to Earn initiative, led by a broad cross-secretariat working group. This program will provide credentials and employment for unemployed and underemployed individuals in occupations in high demand fields through partnerships between public agencies, businesses, community-based organizations, and career centers. As part of the $4 million request, the administration proposes $1 million to be allocated to address barriers to employment commonly encountered by the underemployed and unemployed, including transportation and child care expenses.

 

Launch of Career Pathways Program to Train Future Workforce:

The FY18 budget proposal includes nearly $200 million in funding across secretariats for workforce development programs, a $10.5 million increase from FY17. Part of that increase will go towards a coordinated strategy to expand and improve high quality career pathways, based on aligning and maximizing existing workforce training and career education capacity, and building stronger connections with employers. Five line items will be consolidated into the new “STEM Starter Academy and College and Career Pathways” account to allow for greater flexibility and coordination between college and career pathway investments and business sectors in need of trained employees. 

 

Increased Eligibility for Homelessness Voucher Program:

House 1 continues the Baker-Polito Administration’s effort to fight homelessness by investing over $500 million for housing and homelessness prevention services. An $11 million increase in funding will be included for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP), $3 million of which will increase supportive housing units by nearly 50% to a total of 620 units.

 

The proposal also includes language to allow families to keep their MRVP voucher eligibility as they work to grow their income, increasing qualifying standards from 50% of Area Median Income to 80%. This will ensure individuals do not lose housing supports before they are able to become self-sufficient.

 

Increased Support for Older Adults:

The administration’s FY18 proposal includes a $10.7 million increase in funding for the state Home Care Program to provide seniors in need of a wide array of services. This increase will support coverage for over 1,200 new low-income seniors, ensuring that they are not placed on a waitlist to receive services.

 

House 1 will also continue to fund the Supportive Senior Housing program, which allows 6,000 elderly residents of state-aided housing to remain in their homes and receive assisted living level of care. We also provide $7.2 million in level funding for the Elder Nutrition Program, enabling the delivery of over 1.1 million meals.

 

The administration recommends $29.2 million, a $1.1 million increase over FY17, to investigate cases of elder abuse, including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, as well as neglect or exploitation, in addition to $14 million in funding for local Councils on Aging (COA).

 

Governor Baker also plans to sign an Executive Order in the coming weeks that will establish a Council on Older Adults, that will focus on policies and programs that make it possible for even more older adults and seniors to live vibrant, purposeful lives.

 

New Proposal for Civilly Committed Males:

The Baker-Polito Administration proposes an increase of $1.75 million, for a total of $10 million, to refocus Section 35 treatment for males in the Commonwealth by repurposing the MCI-Plymouth facility into the Massachusetts Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center (MASAC) at Plymouth. This funding would increase available beds by 45, for a total of 255 beds. Men who have been civilly committed to the soon to be decommissioned MASAC center at Bridgewater will be transferred to the new facility in Plymouth.

 

Good Government Solutions:

House 1 proposes capping sick time at 1,000 hours, or six months at work, for state employees in the Executive Branch, bringing Massachusetts in line with other states and to avoid excessive payouts for sick time to retiring employees.

 

House 1 also includes an outside section authorizing the Pension Reserves Investment Management board to manage the assets for the MBTA retirees, which will benefit these retirees by increasing returns and lowering administrative costs.

 

The Baker-Polito Administration's FY18 Budget Highlights by the Numbers:

Fiscal Overview:

* Nearly eliminates the inherited structural deficit by reducing the budgeted use of one-time revenues to under $100 million, down from $1.2 billion in FY15

 

* Deposits $98 million into the Stabilization Fund

 

* Fully annualizes previous tax cuts, including the increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit from 15% to 23% of the federal credit in FY16, and the reduction of the income tax rate from 5.15% to 5.10%

 

* Holds the line on no new tax rate increases

 

Strengthening Our Communities:

* Once again increases UGGA by 100% of revenue growth (3.9%), or $40 million, to $1.062 billion total

 

* Funds $6.8 million for Community Compact related programs

 

* Increases funding for State Police anti-drug trafficking program by $1.2 million to expand the program from 9 to 20 communities

 

* Supports $6 million for Shannon Grants for gang prevention initiatives

 

* Funds a new State Police class for 130 recruits

 

Investing in Our Schools:
* Increases Chapter 70 education aid by $91.4 million, for a total of $4.719 billion in funding

 

* Includes $7 million for rate increases for Early Education and Care for center-based child care providers

 

* Supports teacher and leader development with a $2 million increase

 

* Provides $31.1 million for the continued implementation of the next generation of the MCAS exam

 

* Supports a $10.3 million increase for higher education campus budgets

 

Enhancing Workforce Skills, Job Training, and Economic Development:

* Funds a new “Learn to Earn” initiative for grants to partnerships to help unemployed and underemployed individuals gain credentials for occupations and employment in high demand fields

 

* Increases funding for Connecting Activities by $500,000 that will double the number of STEM-related work-based learning experiences for high school participants

 

* Provides $1.3 million in new funding for an Adult Basic Education Pay for Success program contract for vocational English for Speakers of Other Languages classes and skills training services

 

* Increases funding by $1 million for Dual Enrollment, to allow under-served high school students to receive college credit while in high school

 

* Provides $1.5 million for a new round of Urban Agenda Economic Development Grant Program

 

Mental Health Support at Bridgewater State Hospital:

* $37 million  increase for a new clinical contract to care for patients at Bridgewater State Hospital, and implementation of a new model to move Corrections Officers to the outside of the facility to provide security and expand the size and scale of the clinical program offered inside the hospital.

 

Fighting the Substance Misuse Epidemic:

* Repurposes MCI-Plymouth into the Massachusetts Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center (MASAC) at Plymouth allowing men who have been civilly committed to the soon to be decommissioned MASAC center at Bridgewater to be transferred to the new facility, and provides an increase of $1.75 million in funding for an additional 45 treatment beds

 

* Sustains $145 million in funding for DPH programming for substance misuse prevention and treatment services

 

* Provides $13 million for DMH to continue its funding commitment of 45 beds for women’s addiction treatment services at Taunton State Hospital

 

* $37 million  increase for a new clinical contract to care for patients at Bridgewater State Hospital

 

Addressing Homelessness and Housing Insecurity:

* Provides over $500 million in funding for housing and homelessness prevention services

 

* Includes $11 million increase for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program, $3 million of which will support 200 additional supportive housing units

 

* Increases funding for DMH’s Safe Haven Program for the chronically homeless with mental illness by over $900,000 to annualize FY17 addition of 33 beds

 

Supporting the Department of Children and Families:

* Provides a $26.9 million increase to DCF

 

* Includes $9.8 million to fully annualize additional social worker and support staff positions created in FY17

 

* Recommends $6.4 million for projected caseload increases and the annualization of FY17 investment in 193 additional beds for clients

 

To access the Governor’s filing letter, budget message, and specific account information click here.


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Baker-Polito Administration Proposes Historic Education Funding; $40 Million Increase in Local Aid:

 

Local aid to increase by 100% of projected revenue growth; over $4.7 billion total for public schools

 

Boston, MA -- Today at the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s (MMA) Annual Meeting, Governor Charlie Baker announced the Baker-Polito Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) budget proposal will include an increase of over $91 million in Chapter 70 education funding, totaling over $4.7 billion in total aid to public schools, including an increase of at least $20 per pupil to all 322 operating districts. The budget will also include a $40 million increase (to a total of $1.062 billion) in unrestricted local aid to the Commonwealth’s cities and towns, representing 100% of the rate of increase of projected tax revenue growth.

 

We are committed to investing in our cities and towns to support their efforts to drive our Commonwealth’s economic growth and prepare our children for a successful future,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are proud of the strong municipal partnerships our administration has fostered and look forward to more collaboration ahead as we strive for stronger schools and communities.”

 

Yesterday at the MMA’s Opening Session, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced the administration’s plans for an $8.8 million local funding and grant package for municipalities, including $4 million for Community Compact grants and $2.8 million for the District Local Technical Assistance Program in the FY18 operating budget and $2 million in the FY18 Capital Budget, released in the spring, for the Community Compact IT Grant Program.  Lt. Governor Karyn Polito has served as a champion for the administration’s municipal partnerships, entering into 252 Community Compacts that represent over 600 community-crafted, mutual best practices aimed at improving local fiscal policies, sustainable energy practices and advancing economic development and affordable housing.

 

“As former local officials, Governor Baker and I appreciate the importance of our municipal relationships and the certainty state government can deliver in local aid increases and historic education funding levels,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Through the Community Compact Program, we have been fortunate to work closely with leaders from our cities, towns, and regional planning agencies to build strong local partnerships.”

 

“The administration has kept to its commitment of supporting our communities,” said Secretary of Administration and Finance Kristen Lepore. “From local aid to the Community Compact to updating laws and regulations, we have made certain that local governments have the tools they need to succeed.”

 

In his budget proposals to date, Governor Baker has honored a commitment to increase unrestricted local aid by 75% of projected revenue growth in his first budget, and 100% of growth in subsequent years. A 3.9% consensus projected revenue growth for FY’18 was announced by Secretary of Administration and Finance Kristen Lepore and the chairs of the Senate and House Ways and Means Committees earlier this year.

 

Last summer, Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito joined local officials to celebrate the passage and signing of municipal modernization reform legislation, enhancing partnerships between state and municipal governments by eliminating or updating obsolete laws, promoting local independence, streamlining state oversight and providing municipalities with greater flexibility.


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Baker-Polito Administration Announces $8.8 Million in Local Grant and Community Compact Funding:

 

Boston, MA -- Speaking at the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s (MMA) Annual Meeting today, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced that the Baker-Polito Administration plans to file $4 million for Community Compact grants and $2.8 million for the District Local Technical Assistance Program in their Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) operating budget proposal, to be released next week. Lieutenant Governor Polito also announced that the administration plans to include $2 million in the Governor’s FY18 Capital Budget, released in the spring, for the Community Compact IT Grant Program.

 

“Establishing our administration as a reliable and responsive partner for the Commonwealth’s cities and towns has been a top priority since day one,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We look forward to building on that commitment through our upcoming budget proposal and continuing all of our work with local officials on making Massachusetts a great place to live, work, and raise a family.”

 

“As former local officials ourselves, the Governor and I understand how important a town’s relationship with state government can be,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “As Chair of the Community Compact Cabinet, I have been fortunate enough to work with cities, towns, and regional planning agencies on establishing best practices, upgrading essential IT infrastructure, and identifying thoughtful efficiency and regionalization opportunities. The Baker-Polito Administration looks forward to another successful year of state and local partnership.”

 

“We are pleased to once again provide this important funding to invest in our communities,” said Secretary Kristen Lepore. “We have spent over $15 million on Community Compact programs over the past two operating and capital budgets, and the FY18 commitment will allow this successful program to support best practices at the local government level.”

 

In the FY18 budget proposal that the administration will file next Wednesday, $2 million will be proposed to continue the Community Compact’s Best Practices Program. To date, 252 cities and towns from across the Commonwealth have signed a community compact with the state. Of the more than 600 best practices identified, approximately 75% of them are either complete or underway.

 

The administration’s budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year will also include $2 million for the Community Compact’s Efficiency and Regionalization Grant Program. Administered in two rounds per fiscal year, the first round of grant applications in FY17 was highly competitive and led to $1.25 million in grants for 72 municipalities and 10 school districts. The application process for the second round of this fiscal year is currently underway and closes on February 1st.

 

Additionally, $2.8 million will be included in the Baker-Polito Administration’s FY18 budget proposal to continue funding the District Local Technical Assistance Program, so the state can continue working with the 13 regional planning agencies across the Commonwealth on technical issues dealing with economic development, housing, transportation and environmental projects at the local level.

 

In the Governor’s third capital budget, released this spring, $2 million will be provided for the Community Compact IT Grant Program. In the program’s first year, grants were awarded to 52 municipalities for various projects aimed at driving innovation at the local level. The FY17 grant application period runs from March 1 -- April 1 and those municipalities who have signed up for the Best Practice program by February 15th are eligible, except for those who received an IT grant in FY16.

 

About the Community Compact Cabinet:

Formed in January 2015, the Community Compact Cabinet is chaired by Lt. Governor Polito and comprised of the secretaries of Housing & Economic Development, Education, Transportation, and Energy & Environmental Affairs, the Senior Deputy Commissioner of Local Services, the Assistant Secretary of Operational Services, and the Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth. The Community Compact Cabinet elevates the Administration’s partnerships with cities and towns, and allows the Governor’s Office to work more closely with leaders from all municipalities. The Cabinet champions municipal interests across all executive secretariats and agencies, and develops, in consultation with cities and towns, mutual standards and best practices for both the state and municipalities.  The creation of Community Compacts creates clear standards, expectations and accountability for both partners.


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Schools, economic equity, infrastructure and public safety prioritized in third State of the City Address:

 

Boston, MA -- Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered his third State of the City Address at Symphony Hall, sharing historic progress in broadening economic opportunity, keeping Boston accessible for all residents, and expanding opportunities to high-quality education. In his address, Mayor Walsh reaffirmed his commitment to lead "a city that lifts everyone as it rises," and announced plans to invest in new and existing schools, allocate more money for affordable housing and open space, upgrade infrastructure to fix traffic and double down on community-driven public safety.

 

"Because of our work together, Boston is stronger than it has ever been in our history," Mayor Walsh said. "We are a city that believes every single person deserves an equal chance to thrive and when we stand together, there's nothing we can't achieve."

 

Investing Equitably in Public Education, Eliminating the Opportunity Gap:

In his remarks,  Mayor Walsh stated that public schools are the foundation of equal opportunity and recalled barriers that faced students as recently as three years ago, including lack of pre-kindergarten seats, the shortest school day in the country and aging school facilities. Since 2014, the Walsh Administration successfully prioritized expanded access to high-quality education by extending the school day in 57 schools serving over 23,000 students, investing in hundreds more pre-kindergarten seats across the city and launching a free college tuition program for BPS students at Bunker Hill, Roxbury and Mass Bay Community Colleges.

 

In his address, the Mayor announced:

* $1 billion investment in new schools to support BuildBPS, the unprecedented school facilities master planning process that will help transform school buildings in every neighborhood into state-of-the-art educational facilities.

 

* Comprehensive legislation to bring an estimated $35 million of increased investment in education to Boston by fixing the charter school finance model and fully funding the cost of educating the highest need students.

 

* Legislative proposal to eliminate the opportunity gap in early childhood education by offering high-quality, free pre-kindergarten for every four-year-old for the first time in Boston's history by redirecting existing tax revenue produced in Boston back to is residents.

 

Bringing Opportunity to the Entire City:

A comprehensive effort by the Walsh Administration to create jobs and broaden opportunity for all residents has resulted in an additional 60,000 jobs and cut the unemployment rate to 2.4%, the lowest on record. A record 7,400 homes were built for low and middle income families and 1,052 formerly homeless were housed and provided the services they need to succeed.

 

* Proposing $100 million from the sale of the Winthrop Square Garage downtown to revitalize public housing in East Boston and South Boston; to improve Franklin Park and Boston Common, and to complete the original plan for the Emerald Necklace.

 

* Bringing library services back to the Chinatown neighborhood, located at the China Trade Center, which will provide services such as computer access, book-checkouts and educational support.

 

* Making the entire 8-mile Fairmount Line a jobs corridor with affordable housing.

 

* Filing legislation this week to protect residents from displacement.

 

Making a Stronger, Safer City through Community:

Mayor Walsh is committed to creating safer neighborhoods by doubling down on community-driven public safety strategy. Since 2014, violent crime is down 9%, property crime is down 16% and arrests are down 25%. Last year, shootings were down 6%, which is a drop of 16% from the 10-year average. In an effort to increase diversity, Mayor Walsh funded the return of the Police Cadet program, with 70% people of color, 33% women and 100% Boston residents in the first class.

 

* Creating Neighborhood Trauma Teams in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, East Boston and Jamaica Plain to coordinate immediate response and sustained recovery for all those affected in the aftermath of violence.

 

Upgrading Infrastructure to Fix Traffic:

Safe and reliable modes of transportation are key to a strong economy. To address traffic challenges, Mayor Walsh has upgraded Uphams Corner, broke ground on a redesigned Commonwealth Avenue from Brighton to Allston to Fenway, and focused on completing Central Square in East Boston.

 

* Secured $300 million to address traffic challenges citywide and working with residents to transform traffic flow.

 

* Cutting-edge traffic-light technology to Boston's busiest streets that allow for adjusted signal timing at intersections based on real-time traffic conditions and results in fewer stops at red lights, less traffic congestion and reduced emissions.

 

* Called for a comprehensive, fully-funded plan to move the T into the 21st century with better commuter rail service, bus routes and dependable trains.


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Governor Baker Signs Electric Vehicle Promotion Legislation:

 

Bill Encourages the Purchase and Use of Zero Emission Vehicles in the Commonwealth

 

Boston, MA -- Today, in a bipartisan effort to promote the sale and use of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) in the Commonwealth, Governor Charlie Baker signed Senate Bill 2505, An Act Promoting Zero Emission Vehicle Adoption. The legislation works to increase access to ZEV charging stations for the general public by prohibiting owners of public charging stations from charging users a subscription or membership fee and requiring the use of payment options available to the general public. Further, the legislation allows municipalities and private businesses to restrict parking spaces specifically for ZEV use, and builds upon the Baker-Polito Administration’s ongoing commitment to adopting emerging clean energy technologies as the Commonwealth continues to add renewable energy generation into the Massachusetts’ diverse energy portfolio.

 

“Adopting clean technology and promoting additional zero emission vehicles is a critical piece of meeting our emissions reductions goals,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Today’s zero emission vehicle legislation makes major strides towards providing consumers with confidence that charging stations will be available to them, whether on a long trip or at work, a commonly cited hurdle in transitioning from traditional to zero emission vehicles.”

 

“Our administration is committed to improving the Commonwealth’s transportation infrastructure and this legislation will give electric vehicle owners the confidence they need to travel our state roadways with access to charging stations,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We look forward to working with our state and municipal partners to find increased opportunities to integrate more electric and fuel efficient vehicles into their fleets to save taxpayer dollars and reduce emissions.”

 

In 2016 the Baker-Polito Administration committed $14 million to the Commonwealth’s electric vehicle rebate program, Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV), more than doubling the historic funding of the MOR-EV program. Massachusetts automotive consumers can qualify for rebates ranging from $750-$2,500 on the purchase or lease of more than 25 qualifying new electric vehicles, including battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell electric vehicles. Since June 2014, the MOR-EV program has issued or reserved over $7 million for 3,355 vehicles, cutting the state’s greenhouse gas emissions output by an estimated 9,255 short tons annually.

 

“The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to promoting clean transportation as one of the most direct and cost-effective ways to reduce emissions,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “As the Commonwealth continues to make impressive strides towards increased electric vehicle adoption, this legislation gives our municipal, business and state partners the tools they need to build upon that growth.”

 

“The increased adoption of electric vehicles is a key component of our mission to create a clean and resilient energy future for the Commonwealth,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson. “This legislation, paired with our nation leading MOR-EV rebate program, positions Massachusetts to further reduce emissions and meet our targets under the Global Warming Solutions Act.”

 

The legislation tasks DOER and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to study state fleet electrification opportunities and file a report with the Legislature by October 1, 2017 and for MassDOT and EEA to study the feasibility of levying surcharges on ZEVs to offset gas tax revenue losses by December 1, 2017.

 

Senate Bill 2505 authorizes the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) to work with the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to promulgate regulations around ZEV charging stations for residential and commercial buildings. It also allows electric distribution companies to submit proposals to the Department of Public Utilities for approval of cost recovery to construct, own, and operate publicly available electric vehicle charging infrastructure while tasking DOER with adopting interoperability billing standards for charging stations (effective January 1, 2018).

 

“Massachusetts is a leader in promoting clean technology and jobs,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop). “Encouraging the use of zero emission vehicles is another example of our commitment to a greener economy and culture.”

 

“Increasing access to charging stations for electric vehicles is critically important to shifting away from our reliance on fossil fuels,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “This bill moves the Commonwealth in the right direction to encourage the development and success of an important technology to help address climate change while also promoting alternative transportation technologies.”

 

“Under the Baker-Polito Administration, Massachusetts continues to position itself as a national leader taking innovative approaches to energy diversification,” said House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading). “Today’s bill signing represents another important step forward in the state’s ongoing efforts to promote the expanded use of environmentally-friendly zero emission vehicles.”

 

“Tailpipe emissions from vehicles represent a large portion of the generated carbon monoxide and greenhouse gases that are generated each day,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester). “Taking affirmative action to reduce our environmental impacts while advancing the technologies of zero emissions vehicles will move us towards reaching our global warming benchmarks.”

 

“This legislation is a great step forward in reducing our state’s transportation emissions and helping fulfill our goal to have 300,000 zero emission vehicles on the road by 2025,” said Chairman Frank I. Smizik (D-Brookline). “Ensuring our state has reliable and accessible charging infrastructure will allow residents to make environmentally conscious decisions and move Massachusetts towards a sustainable future.”

 

“With this law, Massachusetts is taking a major step toward making EVs the new norm for driving in our state,” said State Representative Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown). “With predictable, convenient access to charging, consumers will find it easy to use the great new EVs manufacturers are bringing to market.  Consumers will enjoy the low ‘fuel’ and maintenance costs of EVs and we will all benefit from the cleaner air and reduced GHG emissions.”

 

“Increasing the use of zero emissions vehicles would help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and I’m very pleased to have worked with my Senate and House colleagues to pass environmental legislation that will further help us reach the greenhouse gas reduction goals set by the Global Warming Solutions Act,” said State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton). “We have taken significant steps this year to protect our environment, and I wish to thank Senate President Rosenberg, Chairwoman Spilka, and their staffs for their work on this legislation, as well as the Baker-Polito Administration and Secretary Beaton for their overall support of Zero Emissions Vehicles.”

 

In December, state energy officials announced that Massachusetts, along with Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Vermont, will share a portion of a $500,000 federal Department of Energy grant to assist in further collaboration between the Commonwealth and Plug In America to accelerate the deployment of ZEVs through the Mass Drive Clean initiative.

 

“Massachusetts is a leader in reducing carbon pollution from power plants and buildings. This bill shows we are serious about tackling the transportation sector, which now comprises 40% of our greenhouse gas emissions,” said Massachusetts Sierra Club Chapter Director Emily Norton. “A huge thanks to Governor Baker and our legislative leaders in the House and Senate.”

 

Begun in 2015, Mass Drive Clean is a highly successful pilot program that has resulted in over 1,000 drivers and passengers test driving one or more electric vehicles at employer sponsored and public events to date. The drives are a way for interested drivers to get behind the wheel of multiple makes and models of these clean vehicles.  Each driver is surveyed before and after driving, with 83% saying that their overall opinion of a ZEV is better than before their test drive and 68% said that were more likely to purchase one now that they had experienced the performance of the cars. Plug In America has shown in California that about 10% of ride and drive participants will purchase a ZEV within six months.


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Massachusetts Awarded $2 Million to Improve Career Education:

 

Commonwealth among recipients of New Skills for Youth grant from JPMorgan Chase and CCSSO

 

Boston, MA -- The Baker-Polito Administration announced today that the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have selected Massachusetts as one of 10 states to receive a $1.95 million grant to strengthen and expand high-quality career-education pathways for students.

 

The grant, which will be distributed over the next three years, is part of the $75 million, five-year New Skills for Youth initiative developed by JPMorgan Chase in collaboration with CCSSO and Advance CTE and aims to strengthen career-focused education starting in high school and ending with postsecondary degrees and/or industry-recognized credentials aligned with high-skill jobs.

 

"Our administration has focused on aligning our K-12 schools and higher education system with the needs of our workforce so that our students, employers, and communities will share a stronger future," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Lieutenant Governor Polito and I are honored that Massachusetts and the potential of our students will be recognized through this grant." 

 

"We thank JPMorgan, the Council of Chief State School Officers and other partners who have helped make this grant award possible," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "This New Skills for Youth grant complements our administration's prioritization of STEM-focused career education by developing more high-quality pathway programs and expanding the number of students who graduate from high school with college credits and real world experience."

 

"This important grant opportunity comes at an optimal time for the Commonwealth and perfectly aligns with our administration's career and technical education priorities for Massachusetts in this and coming years," said Secretary of Education Jim Peyser. "Creating high-quality career pathways will not only offer our students and their families more opportunities to succeed in school and in their careers, but also help strengthen the Massachusetts economy."

 

"Constant changes in technology and globalization make it imperative for the Commonwealth to increase opportunities for skill acquisition for all our students," Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald L. Walker, II, said. "This grant will help us continue the work of creating effective career on-ramps for younger workers through education pathways."

 

"I am thrilled that Massachusetts students will be among the beneficiaries of this grant," said Massachusetts Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester. "I look forward to continuing our collaboration with educators and industry to set students on a clear path toward their own career goals."

 

"This grant will have enormous impact for some of our neediest students," said Higher Education Commissioner Carlos E. Santiago. "We owe it to them to make sure that career exposure and training is integrated into a robust curriculum that will give them what every employer demands – a full box of workplace-ready tools, including quantitative reasoning skills, critical thinking skills, and the ability to write well, to work as part of a team and to lead."

 

Massachusetts has received the grant from CCSSO for the New Skills for Youth initiative after a rigorous review process, which included examination of the state's plan to transform the process of designing and developing career preparedness education programs.

 

This includes:

* Launching a major competitive grant program to fund the creation of high-quality career pathways that fully prepare students for high-skill, high-wage careers; 

 

* Developing a comprehensive career advisement system in partnership with the Massachusetts School Counselors Association so that all students can make more informed college and career choices; and

 

* Creating clear guidelines to help high schools develop and implement high-quality career pathways that will better prepare students for success after graduation.

 

"Preparing our youth for high-quality and in-demand careers is critical to the future strength of our communities," said Rick MacDonald, head of commercial banking in New England for JPMorgan Chase. "This investment will help to open more career pathways and give more young people the chance to learn, compete, and succeed." 

 

"Bunker Hill Community College is committed to creating clear pathways to fulfilling careers for our students," said Bunker Hill Community College President Pam Eddinger, whose institution participated on the state team applying for the grant. "This grant will allow us to continue this important work through our partnerships with local businesses and corporations and well as high schools."

 

"As an employer, I know how critical career-focused education is, and it has been exciting to be part of the team pursuing this grant," said Susan Coghlin Mailman, president of Coghlin Electric Contractors, Inc. "I appreciate the coordinated effort that our state is putting forth in order to strengthen opportunities for our youth which will ultimately create a stronger and more qualified work force."

 

In March 2016, JPMorgan Chase and CCSSO awarded Massachusetts a $100,000 grant as part of the first phase of the New Skills for Youth initiative for planning and early implementation of long-term career readiness education programs that align with the needs of employers. Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia received Phase I grants.

 

The grant awarded today represents the second phase of the New Skills for Youth initiative, which provides 10 of the original 24 recipients with funding to execute the career-readiness plans they developed during the first phase. 

 

About CCSSO:

The Council of Chief State School Officers is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. The organization provides leadership, advocacy and technical assistance on major educational issues. It seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses members' views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress and the public.

 

About JPMorgan Chase & Co.:

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. The firm uses its global resources, expertise, insights and scale to address some of the most urgent challenges facing communities around the world including the need for increased economic opportunity.


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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $5.7 Million to Combat Community Gang Violence:

 

Grants to 15 cities and 11 partners will support outreach to at-risk youth, gang task force personnel

 

Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett announced the release of $5.7 million in competitive grant funds to communities and local partners to bolster their efforts combatting gang violence. The awards were made to 15 communities and 11 research partners through the Shannon Community Safety Initiative, which targets gang violence in the Commonwealth.

 

“Shannon Grants support critical programming that provide education, training and employment direction for young people at risk of becoming involved in youth violence or gang activity,” said Governor Baker. “Our partnership with cities and local organizations enables crucial outreach to vulnerable youth, diverting them away from gangs and towards positive and productive futures.”

 

“The Commonwealth’s cities are on the frontlines of combatting gang violence, and the state-local collaboration supported by Shannon grants is an important tool to help them impact the lives of at-risk youth,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “We all have a role to play in protecting our young people from gang activity, and this funding supports important outreach that can keep teenagers on a path to success.”

 

“This funding enables my department to continue working with at risk youth and make a difference on the impact of gang violence in Boston,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. “I want to thank Governor Baker and Secretary Bennett for their continued support of the Shannon Grant Program and the work of the Boston Police Department.”

 

The grants provide funds to communities that demonstrate high levels of youth violence and gang problems, a comprehensive plan to work with multi-disciplinary partners and a commitment to coordinated prevention and intervention strategies. Funded strategies include social intervention and opportunity provision programs, as well as gang task force personnel costs and overtime.

 

“We are thrilled to continue working in collaboration with law enforcement and community groups to support at-risk youth in the Metro Mayors communities,” said Marc Draisen, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, which staffs the Metro Mayors Coalition (MMC), a group of 14 cities and towns who collaborate in addressing common issues confronting urban core governments. MAPC manages the grant for the MMC communities of Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, and Winthrop. “We thank Governor Baker and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security for their ongoing support of this important program to prevent youth violence and crime.”

 

“The communities and partners who take part in this program have given themselves the tools necessary to make a serious impact on youth violence and gang activity,” said Secretary Bennett. “The disruption of illegal activity makes these communities safer while getting young lives back on track.”

 

Sites chosen by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to receive an award demonstrated high levels of youth violence and gang problems within their locality, submitted a comprehensive plan to work with multi-disciplinary partners, and committed to providing a coordinated prevention and intervention strategy.

 

The municipalities and research partners awarded are as follows:

Shannon Community Safety Initiative Grant Sites:

* Boston - $1,114,789.29

* Brockton - $329,190.60

* Fall River - $384,235.07

* Fitchburg (incl. Gardner) - $138,687.30

* Haverhill (incl. Methuen) - $82,667.60

* Holyoke (incl. Chicopee) - $413,071.88

* Lawrence - $221,216.37

* Lowell - $531,920.00

* Lynn - $189,851.22

* Metro Mayors Coalition (incl. Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, Winthrop) - $335,735.89

* New Bedford - $382,068.35

* Pittsfield - $73,297.29

* Springfield - $552,526.23

* Taunton (incl. Attleboro) - $68,562.07

* Worcester - $494,824.84

 

Local Action Research Partners:

* Clark University - $42,481.00

* Community Resources for Justice - $ 42,492.39

* Institute for Community Health - $41,838.61

* Kelley Research Associates- $38,240.00

* North Shore Community College - $27,943.40

* Roger Williams University - $ 40,347.92

* Salem State University- $31,687.72

* University of Massachusetts, Amherst - $42,500.00

* University of Massachusetts, Boston - $ 42,500.00

* University of Massachusetts, Lowell (Haverhill/Methuen Site) - $ 24,993.83

* University of Massachusetts, Lowell (Lawrence Site) - $ 24,993.83

* University of Massachusetts, Lowell (Lowell Site) - $ 49,980.40


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Massachusetts Selected to Partner in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Innovation:

 

Public-private partnership will develop and commercialize new advanced manufacturing technologies, and train a skilled workforce

 

Boston, MA -- Today the Baker-Polito Administration is pleased to announce that Massachusetts will be a partner in the nation’s first manufacturing innovation institute in biopharmaceutical manufacturing. The biopharmaceutical manufacturing innovation institute is the sixth Manufacturing USA project secured under the Baker-Polito Administration.

 

The $250 million biopharmaceutical innovation institute is a national public-private partnership, awarded through Manufacturing USA, a federally-authorized network of manufacturing innovation institutes. Federal matching funds for the manufacturing innovation institute will be provided by the US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. The University of Delaware convened this Manufacturing USA team.

 

Massachusetts will anchor the northeastern node for the biopharmaceutical manufacturing project, which will be known as the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL). The NIIMBL project will be led regionally by a consortium of small, medium, and large biopharmaceutical industry partners from across the supply chain, along with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Quincy College, UMass Lowell, UMass Medical School, and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

 

The Commonwealth is supporting NIIMBL’s collaborative research and development, and workforce training efforts, through a five-year, $20 million commitment from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC). The Commonwealth’s matching contribution leverages $70 million in federal funds, awarded to the national project, and additional matching funds from private sector participants.

 

“Massachusetts leads the nation in the development and deployment of advanced manufacturing technologies, and this new biopharmaceutical manufacturing innovation institute will ensure that our globally competitive life sciences cluster continues to deliver cutting-edge therapies, while providing quality manufacturing jobs to the citizens of Massachusetts,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “NIIMBL continues our administration’s substantial investment in public-private research partnerships that open new advanced manufacturing pathways for workers across Massachusetts. We look forward to collaborating with our partners in the federal government, academia, and the private sector, as we continue to build a foundation for dynamic economic growth.”

 

“Our administration is harnessing advanced manufacturing and workforce development to build prosperity across Massachusetts, and NIIMBL advances these efforts in meaningful ways,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “By strengthening the ties between academic research institutions, commercial biopharmaceutical research and development efforts, and the manufacturing community, we will create new capacity to manufacture modern biopharmaceutical therapies in Massachusetts, and continue to broaden the reach of the life sciences cluster throughout the Commonwealth.”

 

A shift in the delivery of medical treatments, from powder-based medicines based on chemistry and manufactured in large batches, to biologics, cell therapies, and gene therapies, presents new challenges for the manufacturing of biopharmaceutical treatments at scale. The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals is a public-private partnership that seeks to solve challenges related to the production, testing, and regulation of new treatments.

 

NIIMBL is a process innovation effort that aims to reduce the risks associated with manufacturing new therapies, improve efficiency in order to deliver new therapies to patients more quickly and at lower cost, and increase the quality and safety of new biopharmaceutical products.

 

The project will also train an advanced manufacturing workforce, capable of working in new biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies.

 

“Being selected as the Northeast node for the National Institute for Innovation in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing, and the federal funding that comes with it, will further strengthen Massachusetts’s position as the world’s leading ecosystem for drug development, from discovery, right through to commercialization and fabrication,” said Travis McCready, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. “This Institute will build connections between our biomanufacturing innovators in industry and academia, and will connect the innovation going on in manufacturing with the innovation going on in the lab. This will translate into technical innovations to improve the biomanufacturing process, allowing for new drugs to reach and help patients more efficiently, and at lower cost.”

 

“Biopharmaceutical manufacturing innovation at MIT and in our region is reflected by the many small and large companies -- and talented faculty and students --- that have come out of such research,” said MIT Provost Martin Schmidt. “Those companies have settled in Massachusetts to be part of the growing innovation ecosystem anchored in Kendall Square but linked to vibrant regions across the entire Commonwealth. MIT looks forward to continuing to be a strong partner in NIIMBL's national efforts to de-risk manufacturing technologies for new biologic therapies, and to educate and train the future workforce of these companies.”

 

“The University of Massachusetts is proud to leverage the Massachusetts BioManufacturing Center (MBMC) at Lowell and MassBiologics in Boston and Fall River as part of the NIIMBL effort,” said UMass President Marty Meehan. “UMass has years of experience assisting biotechnology companies in developing GMP compliant manufacturing processes and in producing FDA-licensed therapeutics, offering solutions that improve productivity, quality and cost. NIIMBL reflects our commitment to expand these public-private partnerships that contribute to the research, innovation, economic development and workforce development needs of the Commonwealth.”

 

“WPI was founded more than 150 years ago to support education and workforce development during the industrial revolution, and we look forward to driving innovation, career development, and other techniques to support 21st century biopharmaceutical manufacturing initiatives,” said WPI President Laurie Leshin. “For the past decade, WPI has been home to three bioscience facilities that are instrumental to education and innovation in biomanufacturing. We are committed to making those facilities -- the Life Science and Bioengineering Center, the Bioprocess Lab, and the Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center -- indispensable resources for organizations seeking competitive advantages in a global manufacturing economy.”

 

“Quincy College is proud to comprehensively teach the laboratory and critical thinking skills necessary to enter the growing biomanufacturing industry in Massachusetts and beyond,” said Bruce Van Dyke, Chair of the Biotechnology and Compliance Program at Quincy College. “Through lectures, seminars, and over 450 hours of hands-on laboratory experience, students earn an Associate of Science or Certificate in Biotechnology and Good Manufacturing Practice, and are fully trained to begin working in the biomanufacturing industry at entry-level positions. As a partner in the NIIMBL Project, our role would be to train individuals to fill biopharmaceutical manufacturing positions in the local workforce.”

 

Manufacturing USA, formerly known as the National Network for Manufacturing Institutes, is a network of competitively awarded public-private innovation institutes. Manufacturing USA seeks to spur research into cutting-edge technologies that can be applied to advanced manufacturing processes. Bidders frequently form teams of universities across different states, with regional nodes supporting the lead bidder. The federal awards are leveraged several times over through a series of state and industry matches.

 

Massachusetts is convening a national effort to develop revolutionary fibers and textiles, and the state is a participant in regional manufacturing innovation institute nodes in photonics, flexible hybrid electronics, smart manufacturing, and rapid process intensification.


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Governor Baker Unveils Workers' Compensation Pilot for Opioid-Related Cases:

 

Two-year pilot voluntarily expedites cases, pain management options for injured workers

 

Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker joined Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald L. Walker, II and Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders to announce a new voluntary program to assist injured workers who have settled workers' compensation claims get treatment for pain management, aimed at limiting the use of opioids or other narcotics.

 

"Coordinating alternative viable chronic pain management options between an injured worker and their insurance company can reduce the chance of addiction to prescription opioids," said Governor Baker. "Judges have seen a rising number of overdoses and deaths as these proceedings play out in the courts and this pilot will help resolve cases more swiftly as another tool for fighting the opioid epidemic."

 

The program seeks to resolve court cases more swiftly by assigning a care coordinator to mediate treatment options between an injured worker and the insurance company paying for medical care.

 

"This program is an important tool for changing behaviors and curbing the devastating opioid epidemic impacting Massachusetts," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "Instead of sending injured workers home with prescription opioids to ease the pain in the short term, we can assist them in understanding the long-term repercussions and other pain management options available to them."

 

Workers compensation cases are handled by judges in the Department of Industrial Accidents, an agency within the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

 

"This program can help to increase trust between injured workers and their insurers to ensure what's best for an individual's health and recovery," Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker, II said. "We hope the acceptance of this mediation process by both sides will offer opportunities that lead to better care and fewer cases of addiction."

 

Massachusetts is one of the first states to implement this type of program for worker's compensation cases involving long-term opioid use. Ohio launched a similar program in October, and in January, 2017, New York will begin allowing parties to request an expedited hearing before a judge for cases involving over-use of medication.

 

"It is important that we help individuals get effective treatment in order to recover from addictions and get back to work. We know that treatments can lead to recovery," Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders said. "Care coordination is especially important to guide workers to the appropriate treatment and recovery support services."

 

The pilot program is designed for individuals with settled workers' compensation cases, who are still being treated with opioids, but the insurance company seeks to stop payment for continued-use of opioids. These types of cases can take up to a year to settle while an individual is continually prescribed opioids.

 

"In my courtroom, I have seen too many people become addicted to drugs due to a work injury," Department of Industrial Accidents Senior Judge Omar Hernandez said. "We felt their frustration and were pleased to work toward a pilot that we believe will help these individuals find a better way to address their injuries."

 

The program will be voluntary for both the injured worker and the insurance company. There will be no additional costs to the state to implement the new process, which fast-tracks court proceedings to mediation and assigns a care coordinator. In developing the program, the Department of Industrial Accidents sought input from insurers, injured workers, physicians, and substance-use specialists.

 

A nine-person committee is being formed to oversee the pilot program, consisting of:

* Henry Bratcher, of Engelberg, Bratcher & Kenner, a Boston law firm

 

* Dr. Roberto Feliz, a specialist in pain management

 

* DIA Senior Judge Omar Hernandez

 

* Deborah G. Kohl, an attorney who represents injured employees

 

* Jessica Muradian, deputy chief of staff for the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

 

* Tracey Nicolosi, assistant director of Quality Assurance and Licensing at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

 

* Judy Walden Scarafile, a registered pharmacist and a member of the Regional Substance Abuse Council for Barnstable County

 

* Dr. Tony Tannoury, assistant professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine and director of spine services at Boston Medical Center

 

* AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman


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Baker-Polito Administration Reaches Agreement with Transportation Network Companies to Begin Implementation of Nation's Most Comprehensive State Background Checks:

 

Voluntary agreements with Uber and Lyft begins implementation of public safety requirements of new TNC law one year ahead of schedule

 

Boston, MA -- Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that the two largest Transportation Network Companies (TNC) in Massachusetts have entered into agreements with the state, ensuring the immediate implementation of the most stringent ride-for-hire background check system of any state in the country.

 

The agreements were executed individually between the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) and Uber and Lyft. The agreements require the companies to begin background checks for all TNC drivers operating within the Commonwealth by January 6, 2017, and guarantees that every TNC driver in the Commonwealth will have passed the state background check no later than April 3, 2017.

 

“The safety and security of the riding public is our top priority, and I am pleased this agreement will set a national standard for the most comprehensive state background checks for TNC drivers in the country,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “With the signing of these agreements, consumers who take advantage of the innovative technology services provided by Transportation Network Companies can have confidence that the driver has undergone a thorough background check that includes both criminal and driving records.”

 

Background checks will begin a year ahead of schedule, highlighting the administration’s commitment to prioritizing the safety of consumers utilizing transportation network services in accordance with An Act Regulating Transportation Network Companies.

 

“It is incredibly important that drivers employed with Transportation Network Companies are fully vetted before transporting people, along with their families, to their destinations,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “By taking proactive steps with Uber and Lyft, our Administration is underscoring our dedication to safe travel options for all.”

 

Under the voluntary agreements, background checks will be conducted by the DPU’s newly created Transportation Network Company Division. Drivers employed by Uber and Lyft will undergo a full state Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check, including confirmation that the driver is not a registered sex offender. Additionally, drivers will be subjected to a bi-annual national commercial background check conducted by the TNC companies. Drivers who do not meet the suitability standards set forth in the agreements will not be permitted to operate in Massachusetts.

 

"Transportation network companies have driven a tremendous amount of change in this industry, and with that change comes a responsibility to make sure that passengers using these services are as safe as they can be,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett. “I am pleased that the leading transportation network companies have agreed to have their drivers undergo a full state Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check.”

 

In August, Governor Charlie Baker signed bipartisan legislation that created a modern statewide regulatory framework for TNCs within Massachusetts. The legislation, H. 4570, includes several components for the protection of consumers including support for transparent pricing, properly marked and inspected vehicles, clear insurance standards, authorization of service at Boston Logan International Airport and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), and the strongest state background check requirements in the nation.

 

“Public safety is the highest priority of the Department of Public Utilities’ Transportation Network Company Division,” said Department of Public Utilities Chairman Angela O’Connor. “By entering into these agreements, the TNC Division can immediately implement a comprehensive background check system that will protect consumers and enhance public safety, while allowing cutting edge technology companies to succeed here in the Commonwealth.”

 

As public safety aspects are implemented under these agreements, the DPU will continue to prepare draft regulations for public review and comment in 2017, ensuring that all remaining aspects of the TNC law are implemented on schedule.


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Baker-Polito Administration Launches Expanded STEM Internship Program for High School Students at Companies around the State:

 

STEM internships will address skills gap, develop future workforce to fuel Commonwealth's rapidly growing innovation economy

 

Boston, MA -- The Baker-Polito Administration today launched an expanded initiative to connect high school students to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) internships across the Commonwealth. The announcement came during a MA STEM@Work event at Vertex headquarters in Boston, a company that’s developed a model high school internship program.

 

One of the greatest challenges facing Massachusetts’ rapidly growing innovation economy is the gap between available jobs in STEM fields and qualified workers to perform them.

 

“Massachusetts is home to one of the fastest growing innovation economies in the nation, and we need to do more to ensure we have a strong pipeline of skilled workers to fill critical job openings,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “That’s why we are making a simple but powerful request of Massachusetts business leaders – consider hiring a high school student for a STEM internship.”

 

The Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council, which is co-chaired by U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D. Chairman, President and CEO of Vertex, recently identified four priority areas to advance STEM education in the Commonwealth. They include developing more early college career pathways, broadening access to high quality computer science and engineering education, strengthening regional STEM networks and expanding work-based learning opportunities in STEM fields. This can be achieved by building a stronger network of employers offering career exploration and career immersion experiences to high school students, including job shadowing and paid internships. 

 

“After traveling across the Commonwealth and meeting with companies leading the way in science, engineering, technology and math, it’s clear that a key challenge facing many businesses is finding enough qualified workers,” said Lieutenant Governor Polito. “STEM internships not only provide valuable career preparation for high school students, they enable companies to engage and develop future employees.”

 

The Council is working with Massachusetts’ School to Career Connecting Activities system to identify and develop STEM internship opportunities. The goal is to place more high school students in STEM internships by Spring and Summer 2017.

 

“Today's students are tomorrow's workforce and the key to a strong economy in Massachusetts. Our businesses have an important role to play in making sure our workers are the most talented anywhere in the world,” said Representative Kennedy. “This pioneering initiative will create an amazing opportunity for our students, our companies and our communities.”

 

More than 10,000 students worked with Commonwealth businesses last year, learning new skills and achieving greater career awareness and preparation. Several hundred of these placements were STEM-related, and the Council is looking to increase internship opportunities in these fields.

 

“As Boston’s innovation economy continues to grow and thrive, it’s important that our high school students gain exposure to the wide variety of STEM careers,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I thank all of Boston businesses who have joined our local efforts through the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program over the years, and look forward to building on this successful model as we increase youth summer jobs within STEM related fields."

 

During the next decade, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology estimates that U.S. industries will need one million more STEM graduates than the system is expected to produce. Despite the need, the U.S. Department of Education estimates that just 1 in 6 high school seniors are proficient in math and interested in pursuing STEM higher education or careers. 

 

Given this challenge, Massachusetts is working to connect high school students to internships at companies of all sizes across the state. The Connecting Activities system, which features dedicated staff who work with companies and high schools, provides assistance and support to businesses throughout the internship process. Since 2014, more than 250 STEM businesses from every region have hosted close to 1,000 high school interns a year. Participating companies include Vertex, which has established a model high school internship program in close partnership with the Private Industry Council and Boston Public Schools and hosted 30 high school interns this year.

 

“As leaders in the Commonwealth’s innovation economy, we have a responsibility and a tremendous opportunity to train the next generation of leaders in STEM,” said Dr. Leiden. “Vertex is proud to give local students the hands-on learning and professional development experiences that prepare them to succeed in college and career and unlock economic opportunity for the future."

 

GE, which recently moved its company headquarters to Boston and joined leaders at the MA STEM@Work event, also announced it will host high school interns for the first time starting next spring. “Developing the talent pipeline for the future lies at the heart of our business strategy. To help us stay ahead of the curve, as company and as a country, we must continue to invest in educating our youth and particularly opening their eyes to future careers in STEM,” said Ann R. Klee, vice president of Boston Development and Operations for GE and president of the GE Foundation.

 

To learn more or to participate, please contact Blair Brown, staff director at the STEM Advisory Council, at Blair.Brown@state.ma.us.

 

About the STEM Advisory Council:

The vision of the STEM Advisory Council is to ensure all students in the Commonwealth receive comprehensive STEM education from highly-qualified educators so they are better informed and prepared to pursue post-secondary degrees or careers in these areas. Members of the Council include individuals from academia, business, government and non-profits who are well positioned to provide elevated awareness to the benefits of a STEM literate and skilled citizenry ready to fill the ranks of the 21st Century workforce. 

 

Building on earlier initiatives, the Governor’s Advisory Council on STEM is now authorized by Section 218 of Chapter 6 of Massachusetts General Law. 

 

For more information, please visit http://www.mass.edu/stem/home.asp.

 

About Connecting Activities:

The Connecting Activities (CA) initiative has been a significant state mechanism for student career preparation and immersion since 1998.  Funded annually in the state budget, Connecting Activities is funded by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, in partnership with the state’s workforce system. Connecting Activities is the state’s leading mechanism, outside of its career vocational technical education programs, for providing students with work-based learning experiences.  Connecting Activities currently brokers and supports work experiences for an average of over 10,000 students per year, partners with about half of the state’s high schools to offer a wide range of career activities, and brings over 3,500 employers to the table annually for student career preparation.


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Massachusetts Officials Announce Additional $750,000 for Drinking Water Tests at Public Schools:

 

Funds will Pay for Continued Technical Assistance, Lab Analysis of Water Fountain and Tap Samples


Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker and State Treasurer Deb Goldberg announced an additional $750,000 from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust (MCWT), enabling cooperative efforts to test for lead and copper within Massachusetts public schools. Additionally, the funds, which come on the heels of an April 2016 announcement that awarded $2 million for the program, allows the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to provide technical assistance for public school districts to sample water taps and fountains, and to identify results that indicate lead contamination over the federal action level.

 

"Ensuring every water tap and fountain is properly tested expeditiously is an important priority for our administration, the more than 900 schools, and the thousands of students attending them," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Making these critical funds available through the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust is an important tool for providing students everywhere with access to safe drinking water in their schools."

 

"These additional funds allow for us to test more schools across the Commonwealth," said Treasurer Goldberg, Chair of the MCWT. "By leveraging our money and expertise we will ensure that our children are drinking safe and clean water."

 

"It is incredibly important that every school district throughout Massachusetts has safe drinking water for the Commonwealth's students," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "In the past three months, the Commonwealth and local school districts have worked together to collect hundreds of water samples, and this new funding will go a long way in protecting water quality within our schools."

 

The funding from the MCWT, which launched the assistance program last spring, provides for sampling to confirm drinking water levels are below action levels in public school water fountains and fixtures used for food preparation, and is utilized for the training of school personnel to assist in designing sampling plans.

 

"To date, approximately 26,000 water samples have been collected and analyzed at local schools throughout the Commonwealth," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. "The additional funding from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust underscores the Baker-Polito Administration's commitment to ensuring safe drinking water remains available to all of the Commonwealth's students."

 

"The Trust's vote to provide additional funds for our cities and towns to test their school district's water quality is another example of the Baker-Polito Administration's commitment to working as partners with our municipalities to provide vital services to Massachusetts residents," said Kristen Lepore, Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, who is also a member of the Clean Water Trust Board of Directors.

 

"We encourage our school districts to take advantage of these additional resources and thanks all the partners who have come together to support the safety and health of our Commonwealth's students," said Secretary of Education Jim Peyser.

 

Working with technical assistance contractors from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the MassDEP has completed sampling of 451 school buildings in 90 communities. Furthermore, another 21 school facilities in six additional communities are scheduled to be sampled over the next two weeks.

 

Of the 25,900 samples secured thus far, 164 school buildings have had one or more exceedances of the lead action level, while 76 school buildings have had one or more exceedance of the copper action level. A total of 73 school buildings have had no exceedance for either lead or copper. Information pertaining to school building water taps and fountain sample results reported to date can be found here.

 

"We are pleased with the participation of the schools, and as a result, have found many more taps to test," said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg, who is also a member of the MCWT Board of Trustees. "When schools identify problem fixtures, they are quickly taking steps to fix the problem and providing timely updates to their students, families, staff and community."

 

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) has also provided assistance to schools in their Greater Boston service area. Utilizing the MWRA's own lab, they have analyzed more than 7,000 water samples from 240 school buildings since spring 2016. This analysis has included thousands of water samples from schools participating in the Commonwealth's program.

 

"We are collaborating closely with MassDEP on this testing program. It is critical to ensuring the health and safety of our children," said MWRA Executive director Fred Laskey.

 

The water sampling and technical assistance for all 930 school buildings enrolled in the program is expected to be completed by January 2017. Water supplied to schools is generally free of lead, but lead can be introduced into drinking water through plumbing and fixtures in buildings -- especially in facilities more than 20 years old. The assistance program also addresses copper, which can also enter drinking water through plumbing.

 

Historically, the majority of lead poisoning cases in Massachusetts are attributable to lead paint exposures; however, other sources including drinking water in schools continue to be an important concern for a child's health. Additional information on lead in drinking water and school-related issues can be found on the MassDEP's "Lead in Drinking Water" webpage.

 

The Massachusetts Clean Water Trust lends financial assistance to the Commonwealth under the State Revolving Fund program by providing subsidized loans to cities and towns for clean water and drinking water infrastructure development. Since its establishment in 1989, the Trust has loaned more than $6.6 billion to improve and maintain the quality of water in the Commonwealth. An estimated 97 percent of Massachusetts' citizens have benefited from the financial assistance of the Clean Water Trust.


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Quincy's Election HQ: Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States:

 

Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office extends with a full congratulations to President-Elect Donald J. Trump (R-New York) wins his first presidential election bid to become the next 45th President of the United States with a full election results from Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

 

President-Elect Donald J. Trump (R-New York) have been already reached up to 270 votes in the electoral numbers during the 2016 presidential election as he gets 278 electoral votes from each states.

 

The presidential inauguration will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the U.S. Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. where President-Elect Donald J. Trump and Vice President-Elect Michael R. Pence will be swearing-in ceremony to take an oath of the office.

 

Please stay tuned for more information on the presidential inauguration ceremony until the further notice and check back in our official website at The Jimmy Hui Foundation for the latest developing updates.


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Quincy's Election Headquarters: 2016 Presidential Election Results:

 

Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office is very pleased to announce that Quincy's Election Headquarters delivers an unofficial election results from Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in all across the citywide here in the City of Quincy and across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts throughout the final 2016 presidential election cycle.

 

The Quincy's Election Headquarters joins with a full partners by the FOX News Channel, WHDH 7 News, FOX 25 News, The Patriot Ledger and The Quincy Sun for the complete coverage of the 2016 presidential election throughout the night to deliver a full presidential election results right here in the City of Quincy and in the state of Massachusetts.

 

Please take a minute to look at the 2016 presidential election results so far from Tuesday, November 8, 2016 where the residents, persons with disabilities, citizens and the public have already voted for their candidate contenders and answering the four questionnaire on the ballots from the Early Voting and the regular election day and night here in the City of Quincy and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

 

City of Quincy: Electors of President and Vice President:

Clinton and Kaine (D): 25,298 votes

Trump and Pence (R): 13,297 votes

Johnson and Weld (L): 1,454 votes

Stein and Baraka (GR): 554 votes

 

City of Quincy: Representative in Congress:

Stephen F. Lynch (D): 28,861 votes

William Burke (R): 10,880 votes

 

City of Quincy: Governor's Councillor:

Christopher A. Iannella, Jr. (D): Uncontested

 

City of Quincy: Senator in General Court:

John F. Keenan (D): 27,231 votes

Alexander N. Mendez (I): 10,643 votes

 

City of Quincy: Representative in General Court:

Bruce J. Ayers (D): Uncontested

Daniel J. Hunt (D): Uncontested

Ronald Mariano (D): Uncontested

Tackey Chan (D): Uncontested

 

City of Quincy: Sheriff:

Michael G. Bellotti (D): Uncontested

 

City of Quincy: County Commissioner:

Francis W. O'Brien (D): Uncontested

Joseph P. Shea (D): Uncontested

 

City of Quincy: Questionnaire Ballots:

Question #1: Expanded Slot-Machine Gaming:

No: 57% | Yes: 43%

 

Question #2: Charter School Expansion:

No: 66% | Yes: 34%

 

Question #3: Conditions for Farm Animals:

Yes: 80% | No: 20%

 

Question #4: Legalization, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana:

Yes: 51% | No: 49%

 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Electors of President and Vice President:

Clinton and Kaine (D): 1,964,768 votes

Trump and Pence (R): 1,083,069 votes

Johnson and Weld (L): 136,784 votes

Stein and Baraka (GR): 46,910 votes

 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Representative in Congress:

Stephen F. Lynch (D): 267,944 votes

William Burke (R): 102,146 votes

 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Governor's Councillor:

Christopher A. Iannella, Jr. (D): Uncontested

 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Senator in General Court:

John F. Keenan (D): 49,832 votes

Alexander N. Mendez (I): 20,332 votes

 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Representative in General Court:

Bruce J. Ayers (D): Uncontested

Daniel J. Hunt (D): Uncontested

Ronald Mariano (D): Uncontested

Tackey Chan (D): Uncontested

 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Sheriff:

Michael G. Bellotti (D): Uncontested

 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts: County Commissioner:

Francis W. O'Brien (D): Uncontested

Joseph P. Shea (D): Uncontested

 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Questionnaire Ballots:

Question #1: Expanded Slot-Machine Gaming:

No: 61% | Yes: 39%

 

Question #2: Charter School Expansion:

No: 62% | Yes: 38%

 

Question #3: Conditions for Farm Animals:

Yes: 78% | No: 22%

 

Question #4: Legalization, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana:

Yes: 54% | No: 46%

 

The Quincy's Election Headquarters would like to extend a full congratulations to Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D) and State Senator John F. Keenan (D) for their hard work effort paid off during the 2016 presidential election cycle to celebrate their victory celebration right here in the City of Quincy.


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MBTA Launches New Anti-Sexual Harassment Campaign:

 

Boston, MA -- The MBTA, as part of a coalition of organizations, today launched a new information campaign to enhance passenger safety and encourage the public to report incidents of sexual harassment. The campaign's message is that sexual assaults will not be tolerated on the T or anywhere else.

 

This year, the MASS Collaboration, a partnership with the Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL), the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), the MBTA, and the MBTA Transit Police, developed the campaign with a focus on people with disabilities. MASS -- Movement for Access, Safety & Survivors -- is a collaboration whose goal is to insure that survivors and victims of sexual violence with disabilities in the Boston area have access to quality support services.

 

"The MBTA is proud to continue its groundbreaking campaign to address sexual harassment and to let the community of riders know that the MBTA cares that each rider has a safe ride," said MBTA General Manager Brian Shortsleeve.

 

"One person victimized is one too many, and we are keenly aware that sexual harassment and assault are under-reported crimes," said MBTA Transit Police Chief Kenneth Green. "We implore our riders to contact us if they see or experience any type of sexual assault. Be assured we take these reports with the utmost seriousness, and you will be treated with dignity and respect throughout the reporting and investigatory process. You are not alone -- BARCC and the TPD stand with you."

 

"Findings show that people with disabilities experience sexual assault twice as often as those without disabilities. We have also been learning how people with disabilities can be active participants in preventing sexual violence against others," said BCIL Senior Advocacy Specialist Karen Schneiderman.

 

Boston's public transportation system is one of the oldest in the country and is widely used by people with disabilities. MASS Collaboration works to create a safe environment for all customers, one that includes the needs of people with disabilities, including ensuring that reporting and response mechanisms are accessible. The MASS Collaboration is also increasing the skill and comfort of employees at BARCC, BCIL and the MBTA with respect to working with victims/survivors with disabilities. Efforts at the T have included developing information and trainings on topics such as responding to reports of sexual violence from those with disabilities, and how to secure wheeled mobility devices in a manner that is safe and empowering to customers.

 

As in past campaigns, advertisements will be posted on trains and buses, and postcards will be handed out to riders at several stations. Postcards will be available in large print and the MASS Collaboration has also created an online website to make the information accessible to those who are blind or have low vision.

 

"By increasing visibility of an under-addressed issue, we hope to let all riders know that you can make a difference if you intervene when you witness sexual violence. Accessible services are available at BARCC for survivors and those supporting and assisting them," said Shelley Yen-Ewert, Director of the MASS Collaboration.


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MBTA Urges Customers to "Stay Connected" this Winter:

 

Boston, MA -- The MBTA today launched its Winter Weather public information campaign, urging customers to stay connected during storms and inclement weather. Commuter Rail, bus and subway riders can go to MBTA.com/winter, download a transit app and follow the T on Twitter @MBTA, and sign up for T-Alerts. The campaign, employs digital, social and print media to encourage T riders to get the most updated service information available as they travel throughout the transit system. In addition to hundreds of signs inside trains and buses, winter weather messaging is being displayed on digital screens throughout the MBTA subway system.

 

Since the record-breaking winter of 2015, the MBTA has been working to upgrade our track and signal infrastructure, investing millions in new snow-fighting equipment, as well as stocking up on replacement parts for trains.

 

"We know how important it is our customers have the capability to access real-time information and be able to adjust their commutes accordingly," said MBTA General Manager Brian Shortsleeve. "Our team has been working very hard to make sure thousands of T riders can get the travel information they deserve quickly and easily."

 

To help ensure that customers stay connected, the MBTA recommends the following:

* Visit www.mbta.com/winter.

* Sign-up for T-Alerts.

* Download Transit app (endorsed by the MBTA).

* Follow MBTA on the Twitter: @MBTA.

* Call Customer Service at (617) 222-3200.

 

The MBTA is committed to keeping its customers better informed by providing the most updated service information quickly, accurately and when they need it.

 

Follow MBTA on the Twitter: @MBTA for service information, and Follow MBTA Commuter Rail on the Twitter: @MBTA_CR for commuter rail service information.

 

For more information, on T-Alerts go to the website: http://www.mbta.com/rider_tools/t_alerts/.


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MBTA: Winter Weather Information:

 

During Severe Weather, the MBTA may operate reduced service schedules.

 

The MBTA works year-round to prepare for harsh winter weather. Our crews work to weatherize equipment and facilities to keep you moving when winter weather occurs. During inclement weather, check MBTA.com regularly for information on service impacts and delays.

 

During routine winter weather, including cold and moderate snow, the MBTA will operate regular schedules. In some instances, we may operate buses on snow routes or have minor delays. Remember to check service alerts regularly for updates.

 

When Severe Weather Hits:

This year, the MBTA will operate reduced service when severe winter weather hits. Check MBTA.com regularly to determine whether severe weather service plans are in place.

 

Full Service details for each mode are as follows:

 

Subway:

The Red Line may operate at reduced levels, resulting in less frequent service.

 

Commuter Rail:

During severe weather, commuter rail may operate on Commuter Rail Severe Weather Service Schedules. To determine if your route is operating on a Commuter Rail Severe Weather Service Schedules, check MBTA.com or media reports regularly for updates.

 

Commuter Rail Severe Weather Service Schedules are as follows:

Kingston/Plymouth Line

 

Bus:

Some bus routes may operate at reduced levels, resulting in less frequent service. Some bus routes, especially those located hills or narrows streets, may operate on "Snow Routes."

 

Full listings of buses with snow routes:

Bus Route 211:

Route ends at East Squantum Street at Dorchester Street and Omits Huckins Avenue, Bellevue Road and Dorchester Street.

 

Bus Route 222:

Omits Church Street and Essex Street. Walk to North Street or Middle Street for service.

 

Bus Route 236:

Omits Commercial Street, Elm Street and Franklin Street South of Independence Avenue. Use stops on Middle Street or flag bus on Independence Avenue or Church Street.

 

Bus Route 245:

Omits Hospital Hill (Quincy Medical Center) and Whitwell Street. No stops between Quincy Center Station and Granite Street.

 

Boat:

During severe weather, commuter boats may operate reduced service. Check T-Alerts regularly for service updates and information.

 

The Ride:

During severe weather, The Ride strongly recommends that you check with your contractor directly as service may curtailed and customers should expect delays.

 

The numbers are as follows:

 

Shared Area:

MBTA The Ride at (617) 222-5124 or TTY: (617) 222-5415

 

North Area:

Greater Lynn Senior Services at (888) 319-7433 or TTY: (800) 621-0420

 

South Area:

National Express at (888) 920-7433 or TTY: (888) 607-7787

 

West Area:

Veterans Transportation at (888) 765-7433 or TTY: (888) 553-8294

 

Service Updates and Information:

* Visit MBTA.com for service alerts and winter schedules.

* Sign up for T-Alerts to receive service updates.

* Download Transit App (MBTA endorsed app).

* Follow MBTA on Twitter: @MBTA or MBTA Commuter Rail on Twitter: @MBTA_CR.


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Governor Baker Signs Legislation to Bolster Public Fire Safety:

New commission tasked with working to prevent tragedies like the 2014 Beacon Street fire

 

Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker today signed H.4455, An Act creating a special commission studying cutting, welding and hot work processes regulated by the State Fire Code, to prevent the loss of life resulting from tragedies such as the deadly nine-alarm brownstone fire on Beacon Street in March 2014. That fire, caused by welding on the building next door, put residents lives at risks and took the lives of two Boston firefighters, Lieutenant Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy.

 

"Lieutenant Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy faced an enormously complex situation when they bravely entered the brownstone to fight the fire that tragically took their lives," said Governor Charlie Baker. "I am proud to sign this bill into law to set in place appropriate regulations and licensing requirements for the safety of the public and our first responders."

 

"Firefighters don't always have complete information about the fires they are called to fight, so it is incumbent on us to take steps to reduce the risks they faced by enacting sensible regulations in areas that can pose a serious threat to their safety," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "The work that this commission undertakes is of the utmost importance to combatting deadly fires and ensuring the future safety and well-being of firefighters and citizens across the Commonwealth."

 

Under the new law, a special commission will be charged to investigate and study the current requirements for any licensing or permits governing cutting, welding, and other hot work processes that are capable of initiating fires or explosions to determine if the industry is adequately regulated to protect the public. The commission will study the use of supervised details and fire watches, adequacy of fees for inspection and oversight, the deterrent effect of penalties for violations of rules and regulations, along with potential cost recovery and assessment for damages resulting from failure to comply with rules and regulations.

 

"Boston will forever remember the heroic acts of Lieutenant Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy, and I am hopeful that recommendations from this commission will help us prevent future tragedies," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "I thank Senator Donnelly and Representative Collins for their partnership on this legislation and the Governor for signing it into law."

 

"Today, an individual can purchase a welding unit and go into business for himself without any education or certification requirements," said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Recommendations from this commission will be extremely helpful to public safety as to whether training and certification should be required, whether we can strengthen or improve existing regulations or should increase penalties for violations."

 

“This statute is the first step in ensuring that workers, the public and those whose job it is to protect the public are safe on jobs where welding and hot work takes place,” said State Senator Ken Donnelly. "The commission will determine the proper requirements and safeguards necessary in performing welding and hot work and  I appreciate the support of the legislature and the governor in moving this important bill forward."

 

"The safety of our first responders must always be a top priority," said State Representative Nick Collins. “It is my hope that this new fire safety commission will identify flaws in existing law and make recommendations to ensure oversight and restrictions are improved so tragedies like the 2014 Back Bay fire don't occur again."

 

The 11-member commission will include legislators, public safety professionals, and individuals in related construction trades. It will consist of two members of the Senate, two members of the House, the State Fire Marshal, the Commissioner of the Fire Department of the City of Boston and five members appointed by the Governor, with each appointee required to possess certain professional qualifications.


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If You See Something, Say Something Campaign: 2016-2017 School Year:


Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office would like to welcome back to the students, staff and the families of Quincy Public Schools in the 2016-2017 school year here in the City of Quincy.

 

The 2016-2017 school year will be stepping up in the plate and in the gear to make sure that our students, staff and the families of Quincy Public Schools are safe and sound in the school buildings with a full supervision by the security officers from Quincy Public Schools Security Department and the school resource officers from Quincy Police Department here in the City of Quincy.

 

The North Quincy Nights Strategic Response Unit will be working very closely with our partners: Quincy Public Schools, Quincy Police Department, MBTA, MBTA Transit Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Department, Norfolk County Sheriff Department, Quincy Fire Department and the Brewster Ambulance throughout the school year with any emergency situation at any school districts in all across the citywide here in the City of Quincy.

 

We are also asking the students, staff and the families of Quincy Public Schools should be remain in the vigilant where you are surrounding in the public places on the busy street intersections and on the school grounds throughout the school year in the order to report for any suspicious activities, please contact the law enforcement immediately by dial 911 for an emergency number so that we will send our law enforcement officer will dispatched and responded as quickly as possible.

 

Here's the contact number and e-mail address directory:

Quincy Police Department: DARE Division

Quincy Police DARE Officer John Grazioso: (617) 745-5735 or e-mail: jgrazioso@quincyma.gov

Quincy Police DARE Officer Don Sautter: (617) 745-5735 or e-mail: dsautter@quincyma.gov

 

Quincy Police Department: Community Policing Unit:

Lieutenant Tim Sorgi, Supervisor: (617) 770-4993 or e-mail: tsorgi@quincyma.gov

Officer Roger White (Quincy Square): (857) 342-0523 or e-mail: rwhite@quincyma.gov

Officer Bill Mitchell (Ward 1): (617) 594-2082 or e-mail: wmitchell@quincyma.gov

Officer Matthew Miller (Ward 2): (617) 594-2070 or e-mail: mmiller@quincyma.gov

Officer Timothy Simmons (Ward 3): (339) 235-6662 or e-mail: tsimmons@quincyma.gov

Officer Jimmie Whedbee (Ward 4): (617) 483-0599 or e-mail: jwhedbee@quincyma.gov

Officer Jim Silcox (Ward 5): (339) 237-1575 or e-mail: jsilcox@quincyma.gov

Officer Greg Mar (Ward 6): (617) 594-2028 or e-mail: gmar@quincyma.gov

 

Quincy Police Department: School Resource Officers:

Officer Gregg Hartnett (Middle Schools): E-mail: ghartnett@quincyma.gov

Officer Steve Burgio (Quincy High School): E-mail: sburgio@quincyma.gov

Officer Matt Pantazelos (North Quincy High School): E-mail: mpantazelos@quincyma.gov

 

Quincy Public Schools Security Department:

Michael Draicchio, Director of Safety, Security and Transportation: 

E-mail: michaeldraicchio@quincypublicschools.com

 

Sheila Calabro, Security Officer at North Quincy High School: 

E-mail: shielacalabro@quincypublicschools.com

 

Rick Palumbo, Security Officer at North Quincy High School: 

E-mail: richardpalumbo@quincypublicschools.com

 

Kevin Keith, Security Officer at North Quincy High School: 

E-mail: kevinkeith@quincypublicschools.com

 

Steve McGowan, Security Officer at Quincy High School:

E-mail: stevemcgowan@quincypublicschools.com

 

Tom McInnis, Security Officer at Quincy High School: 

E-mail: tonymcinnis@quincypublicschools.com

 

John Hyacinthe, Security Officer at Quincy High School: 

E-mail: johnhacinthe@quincypublicschools.com

 

Mark Spendlove, Security Officer at Quincy High School: 

E-mail: markspendlove@quincypublicschools.com

 

Please enjoy for the rest of 2016-2017 school year and get a good education for your children in the classroom!


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Quincy Health Department Urges Rabies Protection:

 

The City of Quincy Health Department received word from the State Laboratory Institute today that a raccoon from Quincy was determined to be positive for rabies. In response, the Health Department is urging residents to practice rabies protection this summer and throughout the year by avoiding contact with wild animals that display unusual or aggressive behavior, and to insure their pets are vaccinated against the disease.

 

Specifically, we recommend the following:

* Avoid wild animals, especially bats, skunks, foxes and raccoons. Do not feed or pet strays. Avoid any animal, wild, or domestic that you do not know. Report any animal activity that behaves oddly to your local animal control official.

 

* Teach your children to avoid wildlife, strays, and all other animals that they do not know well.

 

* Do not handle sick, dead or injured wild animals yourself; call the animal control officer. If you MUST handle the animal, use heavy gloves, sticks or other tools to avoid direct contact.

 

* Make sure your pets are vaccinated against rabies and that their shots are up-to-date. By law, all dogs, cats and ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies.

 

* Feed pets indoors and keep them indoors at night. If they are outside during the day, keep them on a leash or fenced in so they cannot wander.

 

* Fasten trash can lids tightly. Store trash and garbage in durable covered containers. Garbage can attract wild and domestic animals looking for an easy meal.

 

* It is against state law to keep wild animals such as skunks or raccoons as pets. There are no rabies vaccines for most wild species.

 

* Cap your chimney with screens and block openings in attics, cellars, and porches to keep wild animals such as bats, raccoons and skunks out of your home. If you have bats in your house, talk to a professional about bat-proofing in your home.


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Announcements:

Quincy Public Schools

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Quincy Public Schools: 2016-2017 School Year Calendar:

Mayor Thomas P. Koch | Richard DeCristofaro, Superintendent of the Quincy Public Schools 

 

Update: Tuesday, February 14, 2017

 

School District

School Calendar

Last Day of Seniors (Day of 168) Thursday, June 1, 2017
NQHS Class of 2017 Graduation Monday, June 12, 2017
QHS Class of 2017 Graduation Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Last Day of School for students (Day 180) Monday, June 22, 2017* (5 days of snow day)

* = Subject to change if the weather permitting.


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Quincy Public Schools: 2017-2018 School Year Calendar:

Mayor Thomas P. Koch | Richard DeCristofaro, Superintendent of the Quincy Public Schools

 

School District

School Calendar

First Day of the School for Students (Grade 1-9)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

First Day of the School for Students (Grade 10-12)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

First Day of the School for Pre-K & Kindergarten

Monday, September 11, 2017

Last Day of Seniors (Day of 168)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Quincy High School Class of 2018 Graduation

Monday, June 11, 2018

North Quincy High School Class of 2018 Graduation

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Last Day of School for Students (Day 180)

Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday, June 22, 2018* (5 days of snow day)

* = Subject to change if the weather permitting.


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Quincy Department of Public Works: Street Sweeping Information:

Mayor Thomas P. Koch | Daniel G. Raymondi, Commissioner of Quincy Public Works Department

 

April 2017:

Ward 1 and 2:

Monday, April 3, 2017 through Friday, April 7, 2017

 

Ward 3 and 4:

Monday, April 10, 2017 through Friday, April 14, 2017

 

Ward 5 and 6:

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 through Friday, April 21, 2017

 

October/November 2017:

Ward 1 and 2:

Monday, October 30, 2017 through Thursday, November 9, 2017

 

Ward 3 and 4:

Monday, November 13, 2017 through Wednesday, November 22, 2017

 

November/December 2017:

Ward 5 and 6:

Monday, November 27, 2017 through Friday, December 8, 2017


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Quincy's Election HQ: 2017 City of Quincy Election Calendar:

Nicole L. Crispo, City Clerk | Joseph J. Newton, Assistant City Clerk

 

City of Quincy Primary Election: City Councilor and School Committee

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m.

 

City of Quincy General Election: City Councilor and School Committee

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m.


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Quincy Police Department: Community Police Contact Information:

 

Name

Title

Phone #

E-mail

Lieutenant Robert Bina Supervisor (617) 770-4993 rbina@quincyma.gov 

Name

Location

Phone #

E-mail

Officer Roger White Quincy Square (857) 342-0523 rwhite@quincyma.gov
Officer William Mitchell Ward 1 (617) 594-2082 wmitchell@quincyma.gov
Officer Matthew Miller Ward 2 (617) 594-2070 mmiller@quincyma.gov
Officer Timothy Simmons Ward 3 (339) 235-6662 tsimmons@quincyma.gov
Officer Jimmie Whedbee Ward 4 (617) 483-0599 jwhedbee@quincyma.gov
Officer Jim Silcox Ward 5 (339) 237-1575 jsilcox@quincyma.gov
Officer Greg Mar Ward 6 (617) 594-2028 gmar@quincyma.gov

Subject to change for the Community Police Officer contact information.


School Closing Information

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School Closing Information: 2016-2017

 

**Update: Monday, January 2, 2017**

 

Please do not call Quincy Public Schools or Transportation Office on the transportation issues for your child's school district such as private schools or public schools due to the weather permitting here in the City of Quincy or outside of the City of Quincy as well.

 

Quincy Public Schools parents and guardians, students, teachers and the employees should be encouraged to watch or listen their school cancellation update to find out if the school is open, closed, delay or cancellation from the local television stations and radio stations.

 

If you're college student, please watch the local news station or listen local radio stations to find out if your college or university is open, closed, delay or cancellation in your communities.

 

If the City of Quincy is declaring for the snow emergency or state of the emergency in the particular weather permitting.

 

Television Station

Radio Station

WBZ (CBS) Channel 4 & WSBK (MY) Channel 38 WBZ NewsRadio 1030 AM
WCVB (ABC) Channel 5 & METV Channel 5.2 WRKO 680 AM
WHDH Channel 7 & WLVI (CW) Channel 56 WATDS 95.9 FM (South Shore)
WBTS (NBC) Channel 10  WTKK 96.9 FM
WFXT (FOX) Channel 25 WMEX 1510 AM

 

Comcast Cable Provider for the Quincy Residents:

Quincy Access Television Channel 8

Quincy Government Access Television Channel 11

Quincy Education Access Television Channel 22


City of Quincy Winter Parking Rules Policy

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City of Quincy Winter Parking Rules Policy: October 15, 2016 - April 15, 2017:

Mayor Thomas P. Koch | DPW Commissioner Daniel G. Raymondi

 

* No Parking allowed on either side of Emergency Arteries during a Snow Emergency. Emergency Arteries are identified by signs.

 

* Residents on the side streets (not emergency arteries) are allowed to park on the EVEN side of the street, this winter season.

 

* Overnight parking is a prohibited without a Resident Parking Permit. Permits are available at the Quincy Police Department at (617) 479-1212.

 

* Vehicles in the violation of winter parking rules will be towed at owner's expense. Also, if your vehicle is hampering snow plowing operations (i.e. parked too close an intersection, etc). It will be towed.

 

* The average tow fee is $125.00, plus cost of storage. No Exceptions can be made for the short-term (10-15 minutes) per parking.

 

* To find out if a snow emergency has been declared:

   * City of Quincy official website: quincyma.gov or Twitter: @CityofQuincy for an updates.

   * Quincy Department of Public Works Snow Hotline: (617) 770-SNOW (7669) for a recording.

   * Quincy Department of Public Works Snow Hotline E-mail: snowhotline@quincyma.gov (24 hours)

   * Quincy Department of Public Works Snow Hotline Telephone: (617) 376-1927 (24 hours)

   * Quincy Access Television: QATV Channel 8 or QATV Channel 11 for an updates.


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Boston Public Schools: 2016-2017 School Year Calendar:

Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of the City of Boston | Tommy Chang, Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools

 

School District School Calendar
Last Day of School for Seniors Friday, June 7, 2017
Last Day of School for students (Day 179) Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Last Day of School for students (Day 180) Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 * (5 snow days make up)

* = Subject to change if the weather permitting.


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Quincy Public Schools Security Department E-mail Directory: 2016-2017

 

Michael Draicchio, Director of Safety, Security and Transportation: 

michaeldraicchio@quincypublicschools.com

 

Sheila Calabro, Security Officer at North Quincy High School: 

shielacalabro@quincypublicschools.com

 

Rick Palumbo, Security Officer at North Quincy High School: 

richardpalumbo@quincypublicschools.com

 

Kevin Keith, Security Officer at North Quincy High School: 

kevinkeith@quincypublicschools.com

 

Steve McGowan, Security Officer at Quincy High School:

stevemcgowan@quincypublicschools.com

 

Tom McInnis, Security Officer at Quincy High School: 

tonymcinnis@quincypublicschools.com

 

John Hyacinthe, Security Officer at Quincy High School: 

johnhacinthe@quincypublicschools.com

 

Mark Spendlove, Security Officer at Quincy High School: 

markspendlove@quincypublicschools.com

 

Subject to change for the 2016-2017 school year of e-mail directory.


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Jimmy Hui's Message Blog:


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