This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES On Beacon Hill

By Bob Katzen

“As energy costs go up this winter, we want to make sure families know that help is out there to put food on the table and keep the lights on in their homes. We’re grateful to Project Bread and our regional food banks and pantries for partnering with us to educate residents on how they can access the financial assistance and support they need.”

—Governor-elect Maura Healey on collaborating with Project Bread and the state’s regional food banks and pantries on a campaign to educate residents about assistance available to help pay their monthly energy bills this winter.

“Governor-elect Healey and I are thrilled with the engagement we’re seeing from people across the state who want to contribute to our administration and help us move Massachusetts forward. We are carefully reviewing every application and idea submitted to us, and we strongly encourage people to keep them coming. We also continue to do outreach to local, state and federal officials, business groups, advocacy organizations and other key stakeholders to make sure we are reaching the best talent.”
—Lieutenant Governor-elect and Transition Chair Kim Driscoll on the hundreds of people applying for jobs in the new administration.

(Those who are interested in joining the Healey-Driscoll administration should apply at http://www.HealeyDriscollTransition.com Those who would like to submit their ideas for the new administration can also do so there).

“Urban communities suffer disproportionately from toxic, polluted air. Holyoke and Worcester are two of the cities most burdened by negative health impacts like asthma because of this type of pollution. Durham School Services must own up to its role in this problem, stop violating anti-idling laws, and commit to reducing pollution from its buses.”
— Heather Govern, director of the Conservations Law Foundation’s (CLF) Clean Air and Water program, on the lawsuit that CLF has filed again Durham School Services for polluting environmental justice neighborhoods in Holyoke and Worcester with harmful tailpipe emissions in violation of the Clean Air Act.

“These awards will help equip Massachusetts sheriffs with the resources they need to treat substance abuse among inmates. Our ability to address the opioid crisis relies on the availability of services to those struggling with addiction, and we see high need among those who are incarcerated.”
— Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on the administration’s awarding $243,000 in federal funding that will be distributed to Massachusetts sheriffs, allowing them to deliver substance use treatment to incarcerated individuals across the state as part of continuing efforts to address the harm of substance use disorder while ensuring safety in cities and towns.

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