By Bob Katzen

“The [Baker] administration’s announcement is an important step toward a true common application and will have a significant impact on hunger and food insecurity in our state.”
—Jamie Klufts of the National Association of Social Workers – MA Chapter on the Baker administration’s announcement of its plan to allow low-income households the right to apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at the same time they sign-up for MassHealth.

“For eight years, the Senior SAFE grant program has helped provide older adults with home visits, smoke and carbon monoxide alarm installations and fire safety presentations led by firefighters and service providers. These grants help keep seniors safe at home.”
— Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito the Baker administration’s announcement that 234 municipal fire departments will receive $1.8 million in grant funding to support fire education programs for children and older adults across the state.

“Modernizing the Bottle Bill to include more containers is a much-needed step to increase recycling and reduce litter. Removing more bottles from the municipal waste stream saves cities and towns money, while allowing customers to get a little money back. Many of the containers covered by this proposal didn’t even exist when I first lobbied for the Bottle Bill 40 years ago. It’s time to move this law into the 21st century.”
— Marc Draisen, executive director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council endorsing legislation that would raise the per bottle deposit from 5 cents to 10 cents and expand the current law to cover additional carbonated and non-carbonated beverages including tea, energy drinks, water, wine and hard liquor.

“We have a saying around the halls of Pension Reserve Investment Management (PRIM): ‘To the extent PRIM is successful, we are the taxpayers’ friend – not to mention the retirees’ friend.’”
—PRIM executive director Michael Trotsky announcing that in 2021 the fund which pays retirement benefits to state employees and teachers grew by $17.4 billion (20.1 percent).

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