Entries by Jason Lewis

Column: Supreme Court Decisions with Local Roots

The Supreme Court recently issued two momentous rulings defending marriage equality and health care reform.  The decision on marriage equality affirmed that gay and lesbian Americans should not be treated as second-class citizens.  The decision on health care reform protected an estimated 6.4 million Americans from losing their health insurance and prevented chaos in the […]

Senator Jason Lewis Applauds Education Funding Reform Preliminary Report

Having long seen the urgent need for reform of the Commonwealth’s Chapter 70 school funding formula, Senator Jason Lewis applauds the preliminary report recently released by the Foundation Budget Review Commission.  The Foundation Budget Review Commission was created by the Legislature to review the Chapter 70 school finance law, focusing on how the “foundation” spending […]

Column: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

In recent years, misuse of heroin and other opioid drugs has claimed numerous lives and devastated many families across our region.  Statewide, just over 1,000 residents of our Commonwealth died due to opioid use and abuse in 2014, nearly double the 526 opioid-related deaths in 2010, showing how rapidly the rate of opioid-related deaths has […]