Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Senator Ross: July 2015 State House Update

Senator Richard J. Ross, State House Update, July 2015

State Senator Richard J. Ross (R-Wrentham) proudly serving the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District.

State House
Room 419
Boston, MA 02133

Ph: 617-722-1555
Fax: 617-722-1054
Dear Friends,

This summer has been a busy one on Beacon Hill. Amid the blistering temperatures, the FY16 budget has been finalized. Not only is it fiscally responsible, but we were able to make key investments in local aid, substance abuse prevention, education, and economic development.

This budget also includes the creation of an MBTA Fiscal Management Control Board that will help protect you, the commuters and taxpayers from the inefficiency and mismanagement brought to light by the delays of this past winter.

I am proud of the work we were able to accomplish so far, but I am eager to continue fighting for my constituents. Have a fun and safe rest of your summer.


Representatives Elizabeth Poirier and Shawn Dooley and I were pleased to welcome the Secretary of Veterans' Services, Francisco Ureña, to Wrentham and North Attleboro on Thursday, July 9th.

The Secretary met with area veterans and their families at both the Wrentham and North Attleboro Councils on Aging to discuss pertinent issues impacting veterans across the Commonwealth and how best his department and the legislature can address their needs.

I would like to thank Secretary Ureña for taking the time to meet with my constituents and for listening to their concerns. Secretary Ureña is doing a fantastic job for all our heroes across the Commonwealth and it is comforting to know that our veterans have someone who is working for them each and every day.

VSOs from Wrentham and North Attleboro stopped by the public forums to discuss the day to day needs of their jobs and many family members took the time to talk with the Secretary about support and healing.

"Massachusetts leads the nation in veterans' services thanks to the great support we get from the Legislature," said Secretary Ureña.  "I was proud to join Senator Ross, Rep. Dooley and Rep. Poirier in Wrentham and North Attleboro to engage with local veterans and share the benefits and services Massachusetts has to offer. If you are a veteran or the family member of someone who has served, I encourage you to contact your local veteran service officer to explore the benefits you have available."

For more information on Secretary Ureña and the Department of Veterans' Services, please visit the official website at

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