By Bob Katzen
“We are at a pivotal moment for transportation on Cape Cod. By revitalizing Cape commuter rail, we can expand access and opportunity for the Cape and Island residents and unlock new avenues for connectivity through the region. Cape and Islanders deserve fast, reliable transit that connects our region and workforce with the rest of the commonwealth.”
—Rep. Dylan Fernandes (D-Falmouth) on his newly filed bill that directs the MBTA to establish commuter rail service between Buzzards Bay and Boston within one year.
“As we work to address the climate crisis, we have an opportunity to right historical wrongs. This investment to the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans demonstrates our administration’s commitment to building strong relationships with Indigenous communities and supporting their efforts in mitigating the impacts of climate change. We are proud to be a part of this significant first step of welcoming the Tribe back to their homeland.”
—Gov. Maura Healy announcing $31.5 million in grants for climate resilience implementation and planning across Massachusetts including two tribes that are receiving funding for the first time since eligibility was expanded by the Legislature in 2022.
“Massachusetts is moving in the wrong direction on tax policy compared to other states. At least ten states reduced their personal income tax rate on January 1, 2023, including three that switched to a flat income tax, while Massachusetts was the only state to increase income taxes. Moreover, no less than five states reduced their corporate income tax rate in 2023. Competitive tax policies are a pillar for other states that are aggressively campaigning to attract businesses and talent, while Massachusetts is falling behind.”
—Statement from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the Massachusetts Society of CPAs urging the Legislature and the governor to act on a tax relief package which is still tied up in a conference committee that is trying to hammer out a compromise version since the House and Senate approved different version of the measure.
“Our fundamental charge in public service is ensuring that our services and opportunities reach everyone, and that starts with affirming and supporting constituents of all identities. Boston must continue to work to dismantle the historic inequities and injustices that persist. This update to Boston marriage licenses is a huge step in building a city that is truly inclusive, and I’m excited to see how these critical changes for accessibility at City Hall serve Bostonians.”
—Boston Mayor Michelle Wu on the city updating its marriage licenses by no longer requiring sex or gender identification on the licenses.