Entries by Jason Lewis

Massachusetts Senate Passes Bills Expanding Educational Opportunities with Support from Senator Jason Lewis

The Massachusetts Senate passed two pieces of legislation aimed at expanding educational opportunities for targeted populations in the Commonwealth. An Act creating higher education opportunities for students with intellectual and development disabilities will help to enable this population of students to attend college with their same-aged peers in an inclusive setting.  An Act for language […]

Massachusetts Senate Passes Omnibus Energy Bill with Support from Senator Jason Lewis

The Massachusetts State Senate recently passed an omnibus energy bill to diversify the state’s energy portfolio by procuring additional clean energy resources in order to replace aging power plants that are going offline and move the Commonwealth closer to its emissions reduction goals under the Global Warming Solutions Act. “We are at a pivotal juncture […]

Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill to Regulate Transportation Network Companies with Support from Senator Jason Lewis

The Massachusetts Senate this week passed legislation to regulate Transportation Network Companies (TNC’s), including Uber and Lyft. The bill, S.2371 An Act regulating Transportation Network Companies, creates a strong regulatory framework for operatives and drivers to be administered by the Department of Public Utilities (DPU). It would also subject drivers to strict background checks, set […]

Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill Strengthening Economic Security for Seniors with Support from Senator Jason Lewis

The Massachusetts Senate recently passed S. 1494, An Act increasing the property tax deferral for seniors, legislation that would offer property tax relief to homeowners age 65 or older across the Commonwealth by proposing to increase the local option cap on income to $80,000. Older adults statewide face being forced out of their homes due […]

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 […]