Entries by Jason Lewis

Senator Jason Lewis to Host Community Conversation with State Education Commissioner

Continuing his “Community Conversations” issue discussions, Senator Jason Lewis is excited to announce an upcoming conversation he will hold with Massachusetts’ Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, Dr. Mitchell Chester.  Held in every community of the district, “Community Conversations” are issue discussions delving into a different topic at each forum, with ample opportunity for residents […]

Column: An Economy that Works for Everyone

With Labor Day having recently passed, this is a good time to reflect on the state of our economy and ask important questions about whether it is truly working for all of our families. I’m pleased that here in Massachusetts we have taken a number of meaningful steps in recent years to improve the economic […]

Bill to Regulate Transportation Network Companies Signed Into Law

The Massachusetts Legislature passed, and Governor Charles Baker recently signed into law, a bill to regulate Transportation Network Companies (TNC’s), including Uber and Lyft. The new law creates a strong regulatory framework for operatives and drivers to be administered by the Department of Public Utilities (DPU).  It also subjects drivers to strict background checks, sets […]

Legislation to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government Signed Into Law

The Massachusetts Legislature passed, and Governor Charles Baker recently signed into law, comprehensive legislation to modernize municipal finance and governance laws in Massachusetts, including provisions to eliminate or update obsolete laws, promote local independence, streamline state oversight, and provide greater flexibility for cities and towns. “This legislation offers our cities and towns additional tools to […]

Comprehensive Economic Development Legislation Passed Into Law

The Massachusetts Legislature recently passed, and Governor Charles Baker signed into law, comprehensive economic development legislation including investments, initiatives and incentives to promote development and workforce training, create jobs and stimulate the Commonwealth’s economy. The legislation strengthens existing programs and authorizes $743.9M in capital spending over a period of three years for a range of […]

Massachusetts Senate Passes Wage Theft Legislation with Support from Senator Jason Lewis

The Massachusetts Senate recently advanced important legislation pertaining to the issue of wage theft, S. 2416, An Act to prevent wage theft and promote employer accountability.  The wage theft bill gives the state greater power to go after corrupt employers and provides additional tools for the Attorney General’s office to hold violators fully accountable. “Wage […]

Column: A Productive Legislative Session on Beacon Hill

The state legislature recently wrapped up formal sessions for the 2015-16 legislative session. Although the House and Senate will continue to meet until the end of the year in informal sessions, most major pieces of legislation are only considered during formal sessions. So, now is a good time to take stock of what the legislature […]