Entries by Jason Lewis

Statement of Senator Jason Lewis on Governor Baker’s Announcement Pertaining to Public Records Requests

I commend Governor Charlie Baker on his efforts to improve compliance with the state’s existing public records law.  It is simply unacceptable that the media and ordinary citizens should face unreasonable delays and high fees to gain access to information that rightly belongs in the public domain.  The Governor’s executive order represents positive action toward […]

Senator Lewis Announces Successful Overrides of Vetoes for Local and Regional Priorities

Senator Jason Lewis is pleased to announce that gubernatorial vetoes of funding for numerous priorities that are important to our communities have been overridden in the Massachusetts legislature, ensuring that funds for these priorities will be included in the Fiscal Year 2016 state budget.  The state budget remains in balance and fiscally responsible. Among the […]

Column: The Stone Zoo: A Regional Institution

At a recent meeting, while discussing the topic of strengthening municipal economies, Massachusetts’ Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash noted that communities “need to figure out their asset.”  In other words, what qualities, resources, or institutions does a community or region have that make it unique and attractive to families, businesses, tourists, and […]

Senator Jason Lewis Supports Passage of Senate Climate Change Adaptation Legislation

Recognizing the need to establish a long-term, comprehensive adaptation management action plan to address the consequences of climate change in the Commonwealth, the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation that would establish an adaptation management action plan through a collaboration led by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Executive Office of Public Safety […]

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 […]