This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES on Beacon Hill

By Bob Katzen

“Companies who employ young workers must comply with our child labor laws and provide a safe and fair environment for them. My office remains committed to protecting the health and well-being of the state’s youngest workers, ensuring their rights are protected, and that companies are complying with the rules we have in place.”

— Attorney General Andrea Campbell upon issuing citations totaling over $370,000 against two Dunkin’ franchisees for numerous child labor violations.

“With the passage of the income tax surcharge, taxpayers are now paying more in taxes than they were a year ago. It’s time for Gov. Maura Healey, Speaker Ron Mariano and Senate President Karen Spilka to step up and do their part in making Massachusetts more affordable and efficient with how they spend taxpayer money. We cannot continue to be among the costliest states in the country if we want to be economically competitive.”
—Mass Fiscal Alliance spokesman Paul Craney upon release of a new report which Craney says ranks the Bay State as one of the most inefficient states in the country for how it spends taxpayer dollars on maintenance and administrative costs of highways.

“Our waste reduction work is another great example of how investments in environmental protection directly contribute to the economic development of our state. As we work to reduce waste from mattresses, textile, and food, Massachusetts’ entrepreneurs are stepping up with innovative businesses to power this shift. Our administration is proud to support these efforts.”
—Gov. Maura Healey on $1.1 million in grants awarded to 19 Massachusetts organizations as part of the state’s Recycling and Reuse Business Development Grant program aimed at expanding the collection of mattresses, textiles and food material.

“This expansion … will further diversify and strengthen the Massachusetts’ life sciences ecosystem. Entrepreneurs of all backgrounds deserve full access to our robust life sciences sector, and our economy will be stronger because of it. We will continue to do all we can to support diverse founders looking to advance innovative therapies and products for patients around the world.”
—Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll on the launching of the expansion of the Massachusetts Next Generation Initiative, a public-private partnership designed to support underrepresented entrepreneurs in the Massachusetts life sciences ecosystems.

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