THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

“The COVID-19 pandemic taught us many hard lessons. The failure to center both equity and public health expertise in the state’s response to the pandemic cost us dearly. Now, we must commit to building a 21st-century public health system that will provide robust protections to all Massachusetts residents, regardless of income, race or zip code.
—Carlene Pavlos, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Public Health Association. Continue reading THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

ALSO UP ON BEACON HILL INSIGHTS ON THE LEGISLATURE’S UPCOMING AGENDA –

By Bob Katzen

Beacon Hill has a full plate: Offshore wind, solar and other climate change policies. Leftover American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding and spending options. The fiscal year 2023 budget. Tax cuts. Mental health care access. Prescription drug costs. Education priorities. The MBTA. Sports betting. Continue reading ALSO UP ON BEACON HILL INSIGHTS ON THE LEGISLATURE’S UPCOMING AGENDA –

REQUIRE SOLDIERS’ HOMES TO MEET STATE STANDARDS

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 38-1, approved an amendment that would require that both veterans’ homes be licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and be required to meet state standards that are currently required for nursing facilities. Sen. Jo Comerford (D-Northampton), the sponsor of the amendment, said the amendment will ensure that the homes meet high state standards. Continue reading REQUIRE SOLDIERS’ HOMES TO MEET STATE STANDARDS