By Bob Katzen

“It has been a pleasure to work with municipal leaders in the last several years to improve our trail networks and roadways to promote bicycling as a way to travel. Partnerships with city and town leaders, bicycle advocates and non-profit groups have enabled us to expand and connect the commonwealth’s networks of on-road and off-road shared use pathways, bike lanes and recreational

—Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on the League of American Bicyclists naming Massachusetts number one in the country in the organization’s 2022 Bicycle Friendly State Report Card.

“Allowing optional access to remote or hybrid meetings ensures the opportunity for continuity of operation at the municipal level in the face of whatever eventualities arise. We also don’t want to lose the access that we have provided to those unable to attend or participate in physical meetings.”
— Pointing to sizable growth in community participation over the past two years, Lexington Select Board Member Jill Hai and other municipal officials called on Beacon Hill to allow pandemic-era hybrid and remote meeting options to remain in place permanently.

“We continue to hear from survivors, their families and advocates that there is more we can and should be doing to protect the brave men, women and children who have been traumatized by violent offenders and predators. This legislation will support survivors by enacting simple, commonsense measures that hold offenders accountable and – most importantly – keep survivors safe.”
—Gov. Charlie Baker on his legislation which would provide comprehensive new protections for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, assault and battery, the harmful distribution of explicit images and other crimes.

“It is dismaying that the agency’s response to our last audit has been so deficient. The families of catastrophically ill children must carry many burdens. Wondering if they will ever hear back from an agency created to assist them should not be among their concerns. I hope that this time our audit findings will be taken to heart.”
—State Auditor Suzanne Bump on her audit of the Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund which found that delays in processing applications for assistance had not improved since the last audit in 2017, and instead increased by 11 days, with families waiting an average of 300 days to be approved for reimbursement.

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