Benjamin Franklin famously said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” That is a profound guiding notion as we seek ways to strengthen public education for all our children. Massachusetts students perform very well when compared to students in other states and even other countries. But these impressive results mask the constant struggle that […]
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Joined by a number of legislative colleagues, Senator Jason Lewis submitted a letter to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Keolis Commuter Services, the private operator contracted to operate the commuter rail lines, calling attention to the wholly inadequate commuter rail service provided by the MBTA and Keolis along the Haverhill and Lowell lines. […]
Under 2015’s record snowfall, we have unfortunately seen the aging infrastructure of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) routinely fail. I share your frustration and the frustration of many across the region as these failures have had a severe impact on commuters, families, and local businesses. The MBTA provides public transit services to 176 communities […]
Senator Jason Lewis has been appointed by Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg to serve as the Chair of the Senate’s newly created Special Committee on Marijuana for the 2015-2016 legislative term. Given the expectation that an initiative petition to legalize marijuana in Massachusetts may be on the ballot in the 2016 election, following the direction […]
We recently celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a good time to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy and the state of civil rights today. Many people are surprised to learn that Dr. King had a strong connection to the City of Boston and to Massachusetts. Indeed, he often referred to Boston as his second home. […]
Senator Jason Lewis is very pleased to announce that he has been appointed by Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg to serve as the Senate Chair of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health for the 2015-2016 legislative term. Senator Lewis brings experience leading the Public Health Committee. When Senator Lewis served in the state House […]
I believe that our communities are best served when our state legislators work in close partnership with residents, local businesses, community leaders and local elected officials. Working together, I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made since last April when I was first elected to represent the Fifth Middlesex district in the state Senate. Last week, […]
The Wakefield state legislative delegation, including Senator Jason Lewis and Representatives Paul Brodeur and Donald Wong, is pleased to announce that, in one of his last acts as Governor, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law two Wakefield home rule petitions. The new laws allow for the creation of voluntary check-off boxes on municipal tax bills […]
Senator Jason Lewis is pleased to announce that Governor Deval Patrick, in one of his last acts as Governor, signed into law Senator Lewis’ legislation to strengthen municipalities’ ability to combat the mosquito-borne disease West Nile Virus. Senator Lewis’ legislation returns to municipal public works employees and seasonal workers the authority to apply relatively non-toxic […]
The writer Oscar Wilde said, “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” That is indeed the case with acts of volunteerism and charity. Although it is during the holiday season that our thoughts often turn to how we can help our less fortunate neighbors, I am endlessly moved by the […]