By Bob Katzen

“I will never stop working to provide legal protections to allow people to simply be who they are,” the Ashland Democrat said. “That’s as simple as it is. We should be letting people be who they are.”
—Senate President Karen Spilka addressing legislators and advocates celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility and denounce what they say are restrictive laws in other states that harm transgender youth.

“While we can all do our part by talking with our doctor about getting screened for prostate cancer, the House will continue to do its part by legislating with the racial and health disparities in mind.”
—House Speaker Ron Mariano, on Prostate Cancer Awareness Day, on his support for the fight against the prostate cancer and its inequities including the Black and Latino men are two-and-a-half times more likely to die from the disease than white men.

“Water systems are continuously hard at work protecting critical water resources, and this funding will assist in their efforts in providing safe drinking water while plans for permanent treatment are underway. We will continue to support community efforts in providing safe, clean and healthy drinking water for all communities throughout Massachusetts.”
—Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announcing that $950,728 is being awarded to 12 public water suppliers to support immediate efforts to address elevated levels of dangerous per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in their drinking water.

“It is an industry that job-seekers right now tend to be steering away from for a variety of reasons. We are not seeing the interest in the health care industry that we have seen in the past, so we know through our one-stop, we need to help people become comfortable again working in the health care industry.”
— MassHire North Shore Workforce Board Executive Director Mary Sarris noting that the number of workers in the health care industry has not rebounded to pre-pandemic levels.

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