SENATE OVERRIDES $2 MILLION FOR MASS CULTURAL COUNCIL VETO

By Bob Katzen

The House 141-8, Senate 37-0 overrode Gov. Baker’s $2 million veto reduction (from $16 million to $14 million) in funding for the Mass Cultural Council. According to its website, the council is “ state agency that promotes excellence, inclusion, education and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences to foster a rich cultural life for all Massachusetts residents and contributes to the vitality of our communities and economy.”

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BEACON HILL TALKS ON BAN ELEPHANTS AND EXOTIC ANIMALS FROM CIRCUSES

By Bob Katzen

Legislation that would ban elephant acts from being used in traveling circuses and other shows in Massachusetts (H 418) is stuck in the House Ways and Means Committee where it has been since it received a favorable report from the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture almost a year ago on October 17. Violators would be fined between $500 and $10,000. Continue reading BEACON HILL TALKS ON BAN ELEPHANTS AND EXOTIC ANIMALS FROM CIRCUSES

SEAT BELT USE INCREASES IN BAY STATE

By Bob Katzen

The Baker Administration announced today that seat belt use in Massachusetts rose by nearly 8 percent (from 73.7 percent to 81.6 percent) from 2017 to 2018. The study was conducted by the University of Massachusetts Traffic Safety Research Program. The survey estimates 115 lives were saved by seat belts in Massachusetts in 2016, but 45 additional lives would have saved at a use rate of 100 percent.

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SCHOOL SAFETY DISCUSSION ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

A group including Education Secretary James Peyser, Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, Public Safety and Security Secretary Daniel Bennett, and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeff Riley joined Gov. Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito at a School Safety Roundtable to discuss Baker’s recently-filed $72 million School Safety Package. Mental health experts, police chiefs and school superintendents joined the discussion. Continue reading SCHOOL SAFETY DISCUSSION ON BEACON HILL

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, August 26, the 228th day of 2018 with 127 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:02 and sunset is @ 7:29. The Full Sturgeon Moon is exact @ 7:57 AM EDT. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 55 B.C. – Britain was invaded by Roman forces under Julius Caesar. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer