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Conflict of Interest Report — Mark C.W. Montigny

MARK C.W. MONTIGNY (D) As Of May 2017, Montigny Has Received $ 1,252,431.81 In Campaign Contributions. (Massachusetts Office Of Campaign And Political Finance, Accessed 5/10/17) HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY Montigny has received at least $50,000 from healthcare-related interests. Montigny has sponsored several bills overlapping with healthcare and insurance interests including bills to increase staffing levels at nursing  Full Article…

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Conflict of Interest Report – John Velis

JOHN VELIS (D) NOTE: As Of April 2017, Velis Has Received $113,715.45 In Campaign Contributions. (Massachusetts Office Of Campaign And Political Finance, Accessed 4/15/17) FINANCIAL INDUSTRY Velis has received at least $2,375 from employees of ING, a major bank. Velis has co-sponsored a bill removing fees for security freezes and disclosures of consumer credit reports.  Full Article…

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Conflict of Interest – James O’Day

JAMES O’DAY (D) NOTE: As Of April 2017, O’Day Has Received $354,771.01 In Campaign Contributions. (Massachusetts Office Of Campaign And Political Finance, Accessed 4/15/17) LAWYERS AND LOBBYISTS O’Day has received at least $7,175 from major legal and lobbying related interests. O’Day has co-sponsored bills relating to criminal justice reform, overhauling the pre-trial process, and establishing  Full Article…

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Cambridge Offers ‘How-To’ Legal Guide For Illegal Aliens

Since Illegal immigration has been a widely discussed topic since the election of President Donald Trump, many have reached out to the Cambridge City Council with their concerns. Cambridge is responding by offering new services for illegal immigrants, so they can have a better understanding about what rights and protections they have. Cambridge Offers ‘How-To’  Full Article…

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#48 | Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition: Massachusetts

According to the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Massachusetts is ranked as number 48 for fiscal health when compared to other U.S. states. The total debt is twice the average of other states at $28.43 billion. However, Massachusetts did rank the best in trust fund solvency. https://www.mercatus.org/statefiscalrankings/massachusetts  

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Massachusetts finishes the fiscal year $431 million short

“Massachusetts ended a tumultuous budget year in 2017 with a revenue gap of $431 million, squarely within the ballpark that Gov. Charlie Baker said would be reasonably manageable as his administration attempts to balance the books on last year’s budget. The state collected $431 million less than it had anticipated in tax revenue last fiscal  Full Article…

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Conflict of Interest – Dylan Fernandes

DYLAN FERNANDES (D) NOTE: As Of April 2017, Fernandes Has Received $72,558.28 In Campaign Contributions. (Massachusetts Office Of Campaign And Political Finance, Accessed 4/15/17) UNIONS Fernandes has received at least $4,650 from major union-related interests. Fernandes has sponsored and co-sponsored several bills relating to protecting workers’ wages and insuring employer accountability, among other issues. Major  Full Article…

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Tuition is increased at UMass, as the administrative structure grows.

Just days after tuition increased $500 for all UMass campuses across the state (which the school labeled as “vital to ensuring the quality of education”), President Marty Meehan has added more high-earners to the university’s payroll to man its administrator positions. Tuition hikes at UMass: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2017/06/umass_eyes_tuition_hike_rather_than_more_belt_tightening BBJ’s story on Meehan’s hiring: https://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2017/07/23/marty-meehan-brings-in-fresh-faces-for-top-umass.html

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State Reps use Loophole to Hide Details Regarding Reckless Spending On Tax-payer Funded Credit Card

Speaker DeLeo had no comment when pressed by WCVB to provide answers to the findings of the irresponsible use of a taxpayer-funded credit card. The credit card was used to purchase hundreds of thousands of dollars of questionable items. Among the charges were $25,426 to Amazon.com, $12,625 to Home Depot and $38,319 at various restaurants,  Full Article…

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Republican Representatives on Beacon Hill seek reforms to MassHealth

Rep. Lyons (R-Andover) is proposing reforms aimed at controlling spending at MassHealth. His plan, joined by Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica), Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton), David Decoste (R-Norwell) and Kevin Kuros (R-Uxbridge), includes a control board to scrutinize spending, along with initiatives aimed at preventing abuse of services. Rep. Lombardo (R-Billerica) cited the Fiscal and Management Control  Full Article…

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