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Senator Spilka Receives Young Democrats Women’s Caucus Legislator of the Year Award

June 3, 2015
Senator Karen Spilka and Attorney General Maura Healey were honored by the Young Democrats of Massachusetts Women's Caucus.

Senator Karen Spilka and Attorney General Maura Healey were honored by the Young Democrats of Massachusetts Women’s Caucus.

On Tuesday, Senator Karen Spilka received the Legislator of the Year Award from the Young Democrats of Massachusetts Women’s Caucus at the group’s annual Ladies in Blue fundraiser. The event was held at the Bell in Hand Tavern in Boston, and money raised will benefit a scholarship for a Young Democrat to participate in the Emerge Massachusetts candidate training program.

“The Young Democrats are a terrific group of activists calling attention to important issues. They are our future leaders, and it was my honor to join them to celebrate strong, powerful women at all levels,” said Senator Spilka. “I’m also pleased to support the Emerge program, which encourages more young women to make their voices heard.”

Senator Spilka discussed several of her bills this legislative session to advance equality and opportunity for women, including paid family leave, a resolution to increase the number of women on boards and pay equity legislation.

Attorney General Maura Healey received the Women of the Year Award at the event.

Senator Spilka Announces June Office Hours

June 1, 2015

June 2015 calSenator Karen Spilka or representatives from her staff will be available for district office hours in Franklin and Medway on Friday, June 19th and in Natick and Holliston on Friday, June 26th. Constituents are invited to share their concerns, questions and policy priorities and hear updates on the latest news and events from the State House and in the district.

Friday, June 19th

Franklin Office Hours

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Cake Bar

17 E Central St., Franklin

 

Medway Office Hours

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Muffin House Café

116 Main St., Medway

 

Friday June 26th

Natick Office Hours

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zaftigs

1298 Worcester St., Natick

 

Holliston Office Hours

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Coffee Haven

76 Railroad St., Holliston

 

Residents who are unable to attend or are interested in scheduling an appointment should contact Senator Spilka’s office at (617) 722-1640 at any time.

 

 

Senate Passes Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

May 26, 2015

EITC1 FINALLast week, the Senate unanimously passed a $38.09 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2016. The budget makes critical investments in key areas of local aid, education, economic development and services for vulnerable and under-served populations.

“This final budget builds on the themes and investments of the Senate Ways and Means recommendations to lift all families and invest in our future,” said Senate Committee on Ways and Means Chair Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). “I am proud of the collaborative process and spirited, thoughtful debate this week to create a budget that reflects shared Senate values and advances individuals, families and communities across the Commonwealth.”

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Senate Ways and Means Releases FY 2016 Budget Recommendations

May 14, 2015

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On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means announced a $38.01 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2016. The budget makes strategic, targeted investments in a variety of areas to create new opportunities, strengthen networks of support and encourage overall economic growth for individuals, families and communities across the Commonwealth.

“These budget line items are more than just numbers,” said Senate Committee on Ways and Means Chair Karen Spilka. “They reflect shared Senate values and our commitment to foster upward economic mobility and greater equality for all residents. Our goal is to lift all families and lay the foundation for shared prosperity.”

Click here to read a Message from the Chair, the Executive Summary and the full budget recommendations.

Read more about the Senate Ways and Means budget recommendations in the news:

Senators can file amendments to the Senate Ways and Means recommendations until Thursday at 5 p.m. The full Senate will then debate the Fiscal Year 2016 budget in formal session beginning Tuesday, May 19th.

In June, a Conference Committee will work out the differences between the House and Senate versions and send a compromise budget to the Governor.

 

Senate Passes FY2015 Supplemental Budget

March 20, 2015

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The Senate on Thursday voted to pass a $402.2 million supplemental budget to cover costs of increased caseloads, time sensitive deficiencies and unanticipated cost increases in Fiscal Year 2015, announced Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. The supplemental budget includes funds to support increased caseloads in the Department of Children and Families and the state emergency shelter system, as well as additional funds for snow and ice removal.

“This mid-year spending bill allows us to sustain critical government services through the end of Fiscal Year 2015 while maintaining a fiscally responsible budget,” said Senator Spilka. “These funds support social workers, emergency assistance and shelter for homeless families and other services that help children, families and communities across the Commonwealth. We also provide funding to help our communities continue to recover from this winter’s historic storms.”

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Office Hours in Franklin and Medway on Tuesday, Feb. 3rd

February 2, 2015

Sen. Spilka Headshot 2013Senator Karen Spilka or representatives from her staff will be available for district office hours in Franklin and Medway on Tuesday, February 3rd. Constituents are invited to share their concerns, questions and policy priorities and hear updates on the latest news and events from the State House and in the district.

Franklin Office Hours

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

The Cake Bar

17 East Central Street, Franklin

 

Medway Office Hours

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

The Muffin House Café

116 Main Street, Medway

 

Residents who are unable to attend or are interested in scheduling an appointment should contact Senator Spilka’s office at (617) 722-1640 at any time.

 

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