Entries by Jason Lewis

Column: Advice to Our Graduates

I recently was honored to deliver the commencement address at the graduation ceremony of TEC Connections Academy, one of only two public online K-12 schools in Massachusetts. While the students graduating from this unique school have certainly pursued a non-traditional path, the thoughts I shared with these remarkable young people are I believe relevant to […]

Massachusetts Senate Passes Veterans Legislation with Support from Senator Jason Lewis

Senator Lewis’ Gold Star Family License Plate Amendment Successful The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 2325 “An Act Relative to Housing, Operations, Military Service, and Enrichment,” also known as the Veterans HOME Act. This legislation expands on the commitment the Massachusetts Senate has made to our veterans, service members, and their families, by providing […]

Massachusetts Senate Passes Fracking Moratorium with Support from Senator Jason Lewis

This week, the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation to place a ten-year moratorium on fracking and the disposal of fracking wastewater in the Commonwealth. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a method of drilling that involves injecting millions of gallons of water, often laced with toxic chemicals, deep underground to fracture rock formations and release oil and […]

Column: Making Our Tax System Fairer

The Fair Share Amendment would make our tax system fairer, strengthen the Massachusetts economy, and improve economic opportunity and quality of life for residents of the Commonwealth. Proposed by Raise Up Massachusetts, a broad coalition dedicated to helping working families, it would amend our state constitution to create a 4% surtax on personal annual income […]

Senator Jason Lewis Applauds Senate Passage of Fiscal Year 2017 Budget

The Senate passed a $39.558 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2017, investing in key areas related to local aid, education, children’s health and safety, housing, health and human services, workforce training and economic development. The budget limits the use of one-time revenue sources and directs $211M to the state’s Stabilization Fund to continue to rebuild […]

Senate Passes Senator Jason Lewis’ Local and Regional Public Health Legislation

The Massachusetts Senate passed legislation filed by Senator Jason Lewis – An Act establishing the Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health – to address significant challenges faced by the local health system in meeting statutory responsibilities and providing essential safeguards.  These challenges range from funding inconsistencies across communities, with smaller communities often struggling, […]

Massachusetts Legislature Advances Fair Share Amendment with Senator Jason Lewis’ Support

The Massachusetts legislature voted 135 to 57 to advance the Fair Share constitutional amendment to the next joint session during the 2017-2018 legislative session.  The amendment would assess an additional 4% surtax on individual annual income over one million dollars, and would require the legislature to allocate the increased revenue solely on education and transportation […]

Senate Passes Transgender Anti-Discrimination Legislation

Bill provides public accommodations protections for transgender people in Massachusetts The Massachusetts Senate solidified its role as a civil rights leader in passing An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination. This bill provides equal access to public places for every resident of the Commonwealth, regardless of gender identity.  Public accommodations include but are not limited to: […]

Senator Jason Lewis Unveils Legislation to Create Police Training Center Focused on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders

During a May 2nd State House press conference, law enforcement officials from several Massachusetts communities joined with representatives of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (NAMI Mass) and Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian in support of Senator Jason Lewis’ bill to improve police training for incidents involving people who are in a mental […]