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.”
Senators continue statewide Commonwealth Conversations tour to reach out to the people of MetroWest
On Monday, March 2nd, Senator Karen Spilka will continue a statewide tour of Senate districts, visiting businesses, universities and local organizations to listen to the concerns of the residents of MetroWest. Senator Spilka will be joined by Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst), Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), Assistant Majority Leader Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton), Senators Mike Barrett (D-Lexington), Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton), Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) and Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell) and other senators from across the state.
Senator 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.
17 East Central Street, Franklin
Medway Office Hours
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
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.
Priorities include consumer protection, women’s equality and health, under-served and vulnerable groups
Senator Karen Spilka today announced key pieces of her legislative agenda for the new 2015-2016 legislative session. In addition to her economic development and innovation priorities, Senator Spilka will continue to advocate for consumer protection, women’s equality and health, transportation issues and vulnerable populations in MetroWest and across the Commonwealth.
“These bills address many different issues and challenges that people in our community and state-wide face,” said Senator Spilka. “I look forward to another session of speaking up for those who don’t always have a voice and working to secure a brighter future for under-served and at-risk residents of MetroWest and the Commonwealth.”
Priorities Include Civic Innovation, Crowdfunding, Entrepreneurship & Education
Senator Karen Spilka today announced key pieces of her economic development legislative agenda for the new 2015-2016 legislative session. Senator Spilka will continue to advocate for programs and policies that encourage economic growth, job creation and innovation across all sectors of the Massachusetts economy.
“I am always looking for new ways to help Massachusetts companies start, grow and thrive here,” said Senator Spilka. “We need to continue to support all sectors of our economy, foster innovation and improve education and workforce training opportunities. I look forward to a new session advocating on behalf of smart economic development policies for MetroWest and the Commonwealth.”
Senator Spilka will also continue her work to boost the state’s thriving life sciences, biotech and technology sectors in particular as co-chair of both the Biotech Caucus and the Tech Hub Caucus.
Senator Spilka’s bills to advance economic development and encourage job creation and innovation include:
On Monday, January 12th, Massachusetts Legislative Tech Hub Caucus Co-Chairs Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante will update legislators and people from the startup and tech community on a proposed “Innovative Communities” bill for the 2015-2016 legislative session. The new Innovative Communities program would serve as a common place of access, education and connection for startups and municipalities seeking innovative technology solutions.
The bill is based on the winning idea from November’s Idea-a-thon, a first-of-its-kind event hosted by the Tech Hub Caucus to hear directly from the tech community about ways to help Massachusetts technology companies start, grow and thrive here. The winning team presented an idea to make it easier for startups to navigate the procurement process and contract with government.
At the meeting, Senator Spilka will discuss the ongoing, collaborative process of transforming the winning idea into draft legislation and invite attendees to share feedback.
Innovative Communities Working Group Meeting
Monday, January 12, 2015
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
State House, Room 222
This month, the Tech Hub Caucus held a first-of-its-kind tech policy “Idea-a-thon,” based on the model of a software Hack-a-thon, at PayPal’s Start Tank incubator. People from the start-up and tech communities in Massachusetts joined forces with state legislative leaders and policy experts to talk about challenges that businesses face and brainstorm innovative solutions.
How can government help technology companies start, grow and thrive here?
At the event, people identified their “pain points” and pitched ideas to solve these problems. The winning idea, chosen by seven celebrity judges, will be filed as a bill in January.
The Idea-a-thon was just the beginning – government and the tech community need to keep talking and working toward solutions together!
Click here for more photos from the Idea-a-thon.