Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Senator Ross: January 2016 State House Update

Senator Richard J. Ross, State House Update, January 2016
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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,

It has only been one month, but 2016 is off to an exciting start.

This newsletter is packed with Beacon Hill updates on Governor Baker's State of the Commonwealth, the FY17 budget, pertinent legislation, as well as my recent trip to Colorado.

I am also once again hosting Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit Seminars all across my district. The full schedule can be found below.

As always, if you have any questions, thoughts, or ideas--please do not hesitate to contact me.

It is hard to believe that Governor Charlie Baker has been in office for a year already. Over the past twelve months, he has brought many difficult and important issues to the forefront of our legislative agenda and has placed party polarization on the backburner in order to produce real, meaningful change.  

I had the honor of witnessing Governor Baker's first State of the Commonwealth address. In his first year alone Governor Baker has tackled the MBTA and our beleaguered transportation system, the opioid epidemic, challenges at DCF, all while entering office with a $765 million budget shortfall.

His hands-on approach to solving problems and fiscal discipline are what make him such an admirable leader of the Commonwealth. In his address, he highlighted the need to prioritize lifting the cap on charter schools, continuing to combat the opioid epidemic, expanding the use of hydropower, while continuing to invest in our cities and towns.

There is much more we need to accomplish in 2016, but I'm looking forward to continuing to work with this administration and my colleagues in the House and Senate to better serve the people of the Commonwealth.

You can read Governor Baker's full remarks here

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