Mirra Supports Municipal Police Training Funding


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Representative Mirra supports bill establishing new revenue stream to pay for municipal police training BOSTON – The House of Representatives has given initial approval to the creation of a new dedicated revenue stream to help fund municipal police training in Massachusetts. House Bill 4516 authorizes a statewide $2 car rental surcharge, the proceeds of which […]

May 24, 2018

Representative Mirra Supports Life Sciences Industry in MA


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The House of Representatives has approved a multi-million dollar bond bill to support the expansion of the state’s life sciences industry, passing House Bill 4501 on a vote of 149-3 on May 16. Representative Mirra, said the bill authorizes $462.97 million in capital funding for the Massachusetts Life Sciences Investment Fund, with approximately one-third of […]

May 23, 2018

Offshore Wind Energy Coming to the Commonwealth


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The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that Vineyard Wind was selected by the Commonwealth’s Electric Distribution Companies to move forward to contract negotiations as part of the offshore wind energy procurement authorized by An Act Relative to Energy Diversity, signed by Governor Baker in 2016. The ultimate procurement of 800 megawatts (MW) will represent the largest […]

May 23, 2018

Newbury Resident Developing Sustainable, Affordable Housing


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Check out this article below by Amanda Gretchen of the Newburyport Daily News to learn about Newbury resident, David Hall, and his continued efforts to create sustainable and affordable local housing. In a toxic wasteland, David Hall envisioned promise and progress. City and state officials celebrated the groundbreaking Friday morning of Hillside Center for Sustainable […]

May 22, 2018

Mirra Supports Gov’s Opioid Plan


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Check out this article from Christian M. Wade of the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune: Plan to hold addicts gains support on Beacon Hill Two years ago lawmakers dismissed Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to give emergency room clinicians power to force opioid addicts into treatment. Now the Legislature appears to be warming to the idea as it mulls […]

May 15, 2018

Thunderstorm Warning


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The National Weather Service forecast offices in Norton and Albany have issued the attached forecast packages concerning the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening, especially across central and western Massachusetts.  The risk for damaging storms is from Noon to 7 PM in western, MA, and from 2 to 9 PM in […]

May 15, 2018

House Raises Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21


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The minimum age to legally purchase tobacco products in Massachusetts will rise from 18 to 21 on December 31, under legislation approved by the House of Representatives. In addition to imposing new age restrictions for tobacco purchases, House Bill 4479, An Act to protect youth from the health risks of tobacco and nicotine addiction, would […]

May 9, 2018

House Budget Invests in Housing


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On behalf of the House members of the Joint Committee on Housing, I would like to thank Speaker DeLeo, Chairman Sanchez, and the members and staff of the House Ways and Means Committee for their compassion and dedication to housing. Below are some highlights for housing funding in the Commonwealth: $100 million for the Massachusetts […]

May 9, 2018

House Passes $40 Billion Budget


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Recognizing the state’s important relationship with municipalities, the budget increases Unrestricted General Government Aid and local education funding by $220 million over FY18 and $54 million over the Governor’s budget proposal. It provides an unprecedented $4.9 billion in Chapter 70 education funding, including an increase of $39 million from FY18 to address increasing teacher and […]

May 1, 2018

Budget Amendments


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Last week, Representative Mirra filed amendments to the FY19 House budget, covering a variety of local issues. Among them were amendments allocating funding for: Feasibility Study for the Dredging of Essex County Waterways 350th Anniversary Celebration in West Newbury ADA-compliant playground in Merrimac Representative Mirra cosponsored several amendments as well, including funding for: Regional School […]

April 23, 2018