Cohasset Awarded $182,500 Grant to Protect Drinking Water from Contaminants

BOSTON, MA – The Town of Cohasset was recently awarded $182,500 to support efforts to address elevated levels of PFAS in drinking water. PFAS compounds are a family of chemicals widely used since the 1950s to manufacture common consumer products and used in some legacy fire-fighting foams. Drinking water may become contaminated if PFAS deposited onto the soil seeps into groundwater or surface water. PFAS have been linked to a variety of health risks, particularly in women who are pregnant or nursing, and in infants. “Municipalities across the Commonwealth need this funding to adequately protect their drinking water from harmful contaminants and ensure the health of their residents,” said Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth). “I’m looking forward to seeing Cohasset’s project progress and I appreciate the support the Administration has given to this effort.” “Contamination of public drinking water is of utmost importance to both environmental and public health,” said Representative Meschino . . . Read More

2021-03-24T09:59:39-04:00March 23rd, 2021|Budget and Grants, Public Health|

Hingham Organizations Receive Cultural Organization Economic Recovery Grants

(HINGHAM, MA) - Representative James M. Murphy (D-Weymouth) and Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hingham) are pleased to announce The South Shore Conservatory and the Unicorn Singers are receiving Cultural Organization Economic Recovery Grants through the Mass Cultural Council in Partnership with the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED). The South Shore Conservatory will receive $100,000 and the Unicorn Singers will be allocated $3,000 for COVID-19 relief. “I am thrilled that these two important organizations in Hingham will be benefiting from this critical funding to begin the journey to recover from COVID-19, said Representative Murphy. “The past many months have been extremely difficult for all throughout the Commonwealth and the entire United States. This money provides much needed support for losses undergone during the COVID-19 pandemic.” “These grants represent our ongoing commitment to the viability of a vibrant cultural scene on the South Shore,” said Representative Meschino. “I am . . . Read More

2021-01-15T15:54:00-05:00January 14th, 2021|Budget and Grants|

Legislature Passes Balanced Budget with Targeted Investments in Housing, Economic Development and Food Security

Prioritizes relief to vulnerable populations, provisions to boost economic recovery and support for students Fiscal Year 2021 Budget – Conference Committee Report (BOSTON) – Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) and her colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature passed the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) budget, which invests in programs and services across the Commonwealth. Funded at $46.2 billion, the budget aims to address the sweeping effects of the global pandemic by making targeted investments in housing, food security, and substance use addiction services, as well as domestic violence, sexual assault treatment and prevention programs. The budget also invests in programs that provide COVID-related supports for students and increases funding for developmental services, early education and childcare, and public health. “While the pandemic has caused great uncertainty, this budget has restored some stability to our Commonwealth,” said Representative Meschino. “I am happy to report level funding for local aid from FY 20 and . . . Read More

2021-01-15T15:49:13-05:00December 11th, 2020|Budget and Grants|

Legislature Enacts $1.8 Billion Bond Bill to Strengthen the Commonwealth’s Information Technology & Physical Infrastructure

Invests in food security, education, and public safety accountability (BOSTON) – State Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) joined her colleagues in the House and Senate to pass legislation authorizing up to $1.8 billion in spending for the improvement of information technology equipment and other capital projects in Massachusetts. The legislation also authorizes funding for food security, law enforcement body cameras, and investments in educational technologies in Massachusetts schools. “At the core of these investments is a deep understanding of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the Commonwealth,” said Representative Meschino. “It is time to be proactive to ensure that the needs of all are being met. This bill meets the challenges of the moment to bring support to our constituents, especially our most vulnerable.” The capital plan, which includes $794 million for state and local general technology and physical infrastructure, features the following targeted investments. $110 million in public safety infrastructure . . . Read More

2020-09-09T11:57:39-04:00August 21st, 2020|Budget and Grants|

House Passes Economic Development Bill

Bold Bill Will Invest in Housing and Legalize Sports Betting (BOSTON) – Faced with an economy buffeted by COVID-19, State Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) joined Speaker DeLeo and their colleagues in the House to pass a bill to give a shot in the arm to the state’s economy by legalizing sports gaming, facilitating housing development and providing more than $450 million in state funding to spur growth. “Important sectors of our Main Street economies, such as the restaurant, arts, culture and tourism industries, have been the most adversely affected by the pandemic,” said Representative Joan Meschino. “This bill provides needed relief and investments to overcome massive challenges posed by the pandemic, get people back to their work, and place the Commonwealth on a longer-term path toward an economically sustainable future.” The bill pairs initiatives to improve the housing market for buyers while providing protections for tenants. It authorizes the Housing . . . Read More

2020-09-09T11:55:37-04:00August 14th, 2020|Budget and Grants|

House Unanimously Passes $1.3 Billion for Community Climate Resiliency Projects

This week, Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) voted with her colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to pass legislation investing $1.3 billion to help cities and towns across Massachusetts to fund infrastructure projects aimed at fighting climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  The legislation establishes a $1 billion, 10-year grant program – known as GreenWorks – to fund clean energy, energy efficiency, and climate change resiliency measures that cut greenhouse gas emissions, fortify infrastructure and reduce municipal costs. The legislation also invests $325 million in other municipal green projects.  “Ensuring that municipalities have access to funds for mitigation, adaptation, and resiliency is crucial as we combat climate change,” said Representative Meschino. “The investments GreenWorks makes in every town unlocks their potential to lead the way.” Modeled after the state’s MassWorks program, GreenWorks funds projects that improve climate preparedness and resiliency, promote or produce clean energy or energy efficiency, build . . . Read More

2020-08-29T10:22:58-04:00July 26th, 2020|Budget and Grants, Energy + Environment|

House Passes Measure to Provide More than $1 Billion in Federal Reimbursement for COVID-19 Needs

BOSTON – This week, Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) and her colleagues in the House of Representatives passed a supplemental budget to facilitate allocation of federal CARES Act funding to reimburse communities hard-hit by COVID-19. The spending measure follows the April passage in Congress of the federal CARES Act, which provides federal reimbursement funds for the state to expend on items related to COVID-19. The supplemental budget directs funds to address vital needs including personal protective equipment, field hospitals and contact tracing.  “The House allocation of federal COVID-19 funds is about more than reimbursing the state and our communities for COVID-19 costs,” said Representative Meschino. “It is about shaping investments in public health initiatives and supporting our front-line workers who keep us healthy and safe throughout the pandemic and beyond.” The spending bill includes, among other items: $350 Million for personal protective equipment costs across the Commonwealth; $139 Million for increased . . . Read More

2020-08-29T10:25:37-04:00June 26th, 2020|Budget and Grants, Public Health|

House Passes Legislation to Ensure the Fiscal Health of the Commonwealth

BOSTON – During its historic first remote voting formal session today, State Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) along with her colleagues in the House of Representatives passed legislation to authorize necessary state borrowing during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The legislation, An Act to Facilitate the Delay of the Income Tax Filing Deadline, authorizes the State Treasurer to borrow in anticipation of tax receipts by the end of Fiscal Year 2020 and to repay those sums by June 30, 2021. This action is necessary due to the delay in tax revenue as a result of the extended deadlines of income tax filings and payments to July 15, 2020, which were extended because of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The session, which included remote voting, was the first held following the passage of Emergency Rules enabling Members to vote and debate safely in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill will now . . . Read More

2020-08-29T10:32:33-04:00May 7th, 2020|Budget and Grants|

Update: Massachusetts Legislature Enacts Historic Education Funding Bill

BOSTON – This week, Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) and her colleagues in both chambers of the Massachusetts Legislature voted unanimously to enact The Student Opportunity Act. This legislation, providing an unprecedented $1.5 billion new investment in Massachusetts K-12 public education system, ensures public schools have the resources to provide high-quality education to students across the state, regardless of zip code or income level. Assuming inflation, over the seven-year implementation timeline the bill will provide an estimated $2.2 billion in support of public schools. The Student Opportunity Act provides significant support to school districts that serve English learners and high concentrations of low-income students. At the same time, all school districts across the Commonwealth will benefit from updates to the existing funding formula, along with increased state investments in vital education aid programs such as special education transportation, school construction and renovation, and the 21st Century Education Program.  “The Student Opportunity . . . Read More

2020-08-29T10:33:20-04:00November 22nd, 2019|Budget and Grants|

House Passes Historic Education Funding Bill

BOSTON – This week, Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) and her colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives unanimously passed historic legislation to invest $1.5 billion in the Commonwealth’s public education system.  Known as The Student Opportunity Act, the legislation invests funding to support the needs of English learners and school districts that serve high concentrations of low-income students in order to help school districts address persistent disparities in student achievement.  In addition, school districts across the Commonwealth will benefit from updates to the existing funding formula, along with increased state investment in other vital education aid programs such as transportation, guidance and psychological services, school buildings and special education.   “The Student Opportunity Act will be a transformative investment in public education, in particular, for children living in poverty,” said Representative Meschino. “The legislation takes the first steps towards building equity in our K-12 education system and commits the Commonwealth’s support . . . Read More

2020-08-29T10:34:37-04:00October 25th, 2019|Budget and Grants|
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