Updated:Looking for Public’s Help:Medford Hit & Run with Serious Personal Injury

Updated:On Sunday evening February 27, 2022 the person that was operating the vehicle that struck the young lady on Harvard Street. Turned himself into the Medford Police. The Medford Police also have his car that he was driving when the young lady was struck. This investigation is still ongoing, and charges will be sought against this person. We are not disclosing his identity at this time because he has not been officially charged yet.
     

 

On Saturday February 26, 2022 at approximately 11:30pm a 22-year-old female was struck by a passing motor vehicle as she got out of a ride share vehicle that was dropping her and her boyfriend off in the area of 125 Harvard Street in Medford, MA. Continue reading Updated:Looking for Public’s Help:Medford Hit & Run with Serious Personal Injury

ASSISTANT SPEAKER CLARK ANNOUNCES NEW FINDINGS FROM GAO STUDY ON EMPLOYER-PROVIDED CHILD CARE CREDIT: ONLY 11 PERCENT OF WORKERS HAVE ACCESS TO EMPLOYER-PROVIDED CARE

Clark requested an analysis of the employer-provided child care credit and the benefits employees receive from child care services eligible for the credit Continue reading ASSISTANT SPEAKER CLARK ANNOUNCES NEW FINDINGS FROM GAO STUDY ON EMPLOYER-PROVIDED CHILD CARE CREDIT: ONLY 11 PERCENT OF WORKERS HAVE ACCESS TO EMPLOYER-PROVIDED CARE

AUDIT FINDS CONTRACTS AUTHORIZED BY STATE’S PUBLIC CONSTRUCTION AGENCY DID NOT MEET WORKFORCE PARTICIPATION GOALS FOR WOMEN AND MINORITIES

BOSTON – An audit released today by the Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump (OSA) found inadequacies in the state’s Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) processes to ensure equal opportunity staffing requirements of its contractors for women and minority participation. Continue reading AUDIT FINDS CONTRACTS AUTHORIZED BY STATE’S PUBLIC CONSTRUCTION AGENCY DID NOT MEET WORKFORCE PARTICIPATION GOALS FOR WOMEN AND MINORITIES

AUDITOR BUMP CERTIFIES STATE MUST PAY COMMUNITIES $2.08 MILLION FOR THIS YEAR’S ELECTIONS

Recent re-precincting in 89 communities increased preliminary cost certifications by 11%

BOSTON – In a letter to Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin, State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump determined and certified that the state must pay communities $2,083,736.08 to cover the cost of extra mandated polling hours for the September 2022 state primary and November 2022 general elections. Continue reading AUDITOR BUMP CERTIFIES STATE MUST PAY COMMUNITIES $2.08 MILLION FOR THIS YEAR’S ELECTIONS

THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

“Before deciding to impose new fees on riders, the MBTA should re-examine its fare collection contract, and adopt a Low-Income Fare that would save low-income people millions.”
— Collique Williams of the Public Transit Public Good Coalition on the failure by the MBTA board to create a Low-Income Fare for MBTA riders. Continue reading THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

ENCOURAGING SUICIDE

By Bob Katzen

ENCOURAGING SUICIDE Bill (S 1032) Imposes up to a 5-year prison sentence on a person who encourages another person to commit suicide.

The bill, called “Conrad’s Law,” is named after then- 18-year-old Conrad Roy III who, in 2014, killed himself after being pressured by then- 17-year-old Michelle Carter via a phone call following thousands of texts. Carter was convicted of manslaughter and served 12 months of a 15-month prison sentence. Continue reading ENCOURAGING SUICIDE

JFK HOLIDAY

By Bob Katzen

The State Administration and Regulatory Oversight Committee has recommended passage of a bill that would establish an official holiday in Massachusetts to commemorate the life of President John F. Kennedy and promote civic engagement and voter participation. The holiday would be officially observed annually on Election Day—the last Sunday in November in all odd-numbered years and the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in all even-numbered years. Continue reading JFK HOLIDAY

PRIVACY OF AUDIO OF 911 CALLS

By Bob Katzen

The House gave initial approval to legislation that would prohibit the release of the audio version of 911 calls to the public or media except when authorized by the caller; requested by law enforcement agencies for investigative purposes; or when a court order finds that the right of the public to the release of the recording outweighs the privacy interests of the individual who made the call. The measure does allow the release of a written transcript of the audio at any time. Continue reading PRIVACY OF AUDIO OF 911 CALLS

$75 MILLION FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19

By Bob Katzen

The Baker administration announced the launch of a $75 million program, funded by money from the $4 billion American Rescue Plan, to provide grants to businesses impacted by COVID-19. The program provides $50 million toward businesses that employ between two and 50 people and which reach underserved markets and businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans, the disabled and people who identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Continue reading $75 MILLION FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19