This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES on Beacon Hill

“Massachusetts has a real opportunity to close the digital divide and ensure all people in our state can participate in the digital economy. These grants will help residents build their digital skills and get online affordably, thereby expanding their connections to job and training opportunities, healthcare resources, social connections and so much more.”

— Economic Development Secretary Yvonne Hao announcing $14 million in new grants from the state’s Digital Equity Partnerships Program to address statewide digital equity gaps.

“Thanks to a number of forward-thinking supporters and partners, Tech Goes Home has been working for more than 20 years to advance digital equity in Greater Boston and beyond and has a proven model for how to address the challenges facing individuals and families. Today’s announcement represents a major step forward in expanding our work across the commonwealth and bringing greater attention to the economic, educational, and health disparities that are connected to digital inequity.”
— Dan Noyes, CEO of Tech Goes Home upon receiving a historic $4.5 million dollar grant to expand its programming and help build stronger systems to equitably and sustainably close the digital divide.

“The court’s decision today is welcome and important news, and it affirms what we already knew: the leaders and managers of facilities like the Soldiers’ Home share responsibility for the health and safety of their residents. Today’s decision allows us to focus once again on securing accountability for the tragic and preventable deaths at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke.”
—Attorney General Andrea Campbell on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling that a criminal trial can proceed against two former Holyoke Soldiers’ Home officials accused of negligence that led to the deaths of elderly veteran residents early in the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The dedicated men and women who keep our communities safe too often hide the significant stress and trauma they incur from the job. Every officer in the commonwealth must have access to quality mental health services and peer support to combat this stigma, improve policing, and enhance the lives of our police and their families.”
—Sen. Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford) on the program he created that this year will deliver $1 million in grants that will provide police officers across Massachusetts access to mental health services, peer support and critical incident stress management.

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