This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES on Beacon Hill

By Bob Katzen

“Sen. Owens was a great man, a true embodiment of what it means to serve the public and never waver in your own beliefs. He leaves a powerful legacy of unwavering conviction in his fight for economic and social justice across the commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

—Sen. Nick Collins (D-South Boston) on his successful request that the American and Massachusetts flags at the Statehouse and all state, county and local buildings and facilities be flown at half-mast in honor of the late Sen. Bill Owens who passed away on January 22nd of this year.

“We are proud to join with municipalities and local partners to bolster community efforts to prevent and respond to youth violence and gang activity. Shannon grants support the collaborative spirit and vital teamwork that achieves safer communities, violence reduction and sustained positive life decisions for at-risk youth.”
—Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announcing the release of $11.2 million in competitive Senator Charles Shannon Jr., Community Safety Initiative Grant Program funds to communities and local partners in support of collaborative solutions to address and respond to youth violence.

“The smartest investment for a strong recovery is racial equity. Using this money to move towards racial equity is not only just, [but] it contributes to our economic recovery, because investments to close gaps by race reduce vulnerabilities ahead of future pandemics and economic downturns, and results in a boost to our Gateway Cities.”
— Sen. Adam Hinds, the Senate chair of the Committee on Revenue calling for the remaining $2.3 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds to be spent on closing gaps by race in housing, education, wealth and business capital investment.

“Culture brings us together, generates empathy and helps us heal in a time of crisis. The projects funded today will provide unique opportunities for Massachusetts residents to participate and enjoy cultural events and activities in their communities.”
—Michael Bobbitt, executive director of the Mass Cultural Council announcing $431,000 has been awarded to 176 Massachusetts cultural organizations to support public programming that provides access, excellence, diversity or education in the arts, humanities or sciences.

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