By Bob Katzen
– Gov. Maura Healey issued an order activating up to 250 National Guard members to provide basic services at emergency shelter hotels across the state that do not currently have a contracted service provider.

“Massachusetts is in a state of emergency, and we need all hands-on deck to meet this moment and ensure families have access to safe shelter and basic services,” said Healey. “We’re grateful to the brave men and women of the National Guard for stepping up to help us ensure that every family in emergency shelter has their needs met, including access to food, transportation, medical care and education. While we work to implement a more permanent staffing solution, the National Guard will provide an efficient and effective means of delivering these services and keeping everybody safe.”

“The National Guard should be sent to the southern border and Gov. Healey should be going down there with them to see firsthand the failure President Biden has created,” responded Paul Craney, spokesman for Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance. “Why should Massachusetts taxpayers be expected to continue to shoulder this burden when the president and governor continue to ignore the underlying problem for political gain? This current approach is unsustainable and if Gov. Healey wants to help Massachusetts residents, she needs to confront President Biden first.”

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