Archive for: May, 2012

Governor Patrick Admin. Announces New Recreational Trails Policy


Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan and Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) Executive Director Fred Laskey on Tuesday announced a new policy for public access to open space along historic aqueducts in 14 communities across the state. “This policy is a great example of promoting multiple environmental goals – clean water supply, open [...]

MA Schools Required To Develop Efficient Medical Emergency Response Plans

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Governor Deval Patrick today joined legislators and family members to sign Senate Bill 2132, “An Act Relative to Medical Emergency Response Plans for Schools.” Local school districts will now be required to develop efficient written medical response plans to be better prepared to respond to life-threatening emergencies. The legislation, also known as “Michael’s Law” was [...]

MA Senate Releases FY2013 Budget

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The Senate Committee on Ways and Means announced on Wednesday its funding recommendations for fiscal year 2013 (FY13). The spending plan showcases the Senate’s unfaltering pledge to prioritize commitments that allow for greater transparency and smarter financial planning for the future. The Committee’s budget closes a $1.4 billion budget gap with a combination of ongoing [...]

Blue Cross-Blue Shield Increases Insurance Costs for Small Businesses


Blue Cross-Blue Shield re-filed its base rate increases for the 3rd quarter, cutting its increase for its HMO from 1.2 percent to 0.2 percent and the increase for its non-HMO product from 2.7 percent to 1.4 percent, the Massachusetts Division of Insurance announced today. This cut by the largest health insurers in Massachusetts dropped the [...]

Massachusetts Honors “29 Who Shine” - Honorees For Statehouse Ceremony

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The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education recently kicked off the 2012 college commencement season by announcing the student winners of the 29 Who Shine awards. These awards honor 29 outstanding public college and university graduates, one from each community college, state university and UMass campus in the state, for their academic achievement and community service. [...]

Massachusetts to Receive $33,716,628 in Grants from the New Health Care Law for Community Health Centers

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Grants from the Affordable Care Act will help build and expand health centers, create jobs, and expand access to an additional 860,000 patients nationwide Today Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $33,716,628 in grants awarded to community health centers in Massachusetts due to the new health care law – the Affordable Care Act.  [...]

Governor Patrick Launches “Plant Something” Initiative

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Governor Deval Patrick, Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan and Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) Commissioner Greg Watson today joined students, school officials and members of the state’s horticulture industry at the Mather Elementary School in Dorchester to launch the “Plant Something” campaign to spotlight local flower and nursery growers and encourage [...]

Student Teams from Massachusetts Win Energy Department’s 22nd National Science Bowl


Underscoring the Obama Administration’s investments in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and ensuring educational opportunities are available to students across the nation, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that Lexington High School from Lexington, Massachusetts, and Hopkins Junior High School from Fremont, California, won the 2012 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl [...]

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