Thursday, May 9, 2013
Solomon recognized at State House with "Unsung Heroine" award.
Phyl Solomon is known by many in town as Dr. Paul Solomon's "better half." While Paul remains quite active in town government, having served as a Selectmen and as chairman of many boards and committees over the years, Phyl has spent many years as a quiet but firm leader on environmental and inter generational issues in Belmont. A teacher and a garden builder, Phyl leads classes at the Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary that bring young and old together. Her involvement in the construction of the Beech Street Center helped to get the project off the ground. It was her insistence that the right way to build was the only way to build that resulted in the building earning a LEED certification. She was instrumental in putting a …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Belmont's House Rep. said bill the House leadership proposed did not meet long-range goals, education funding needs.
By a nearly two-to-one margin, the Massachusetts House approved a comprehensive transportation financing plan that will be paid for with $500 million in new taxes. But for Dave Rogers, Belmont's Democratic representative to the House, his vote against his party's leadership and a majority of his new colleagues was cast for what was missing in their measure: a clear long-range solution to financial woes in public and state transportation and no discussion of increasing education funding to cities and towns. The House passed the bill late Monday night, April 8, 97-55, a few votes from the needed two-thirds margin required to defeat an anticipated veto by Gov. Deval Patrick who says the measure will not repair and upgrade the state’s aging …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Work this summer on Beacon Hill.
State Rep. Dave Rogers, who represents Belmont and parts of Cambridge and Arlington, will have two unpaid summer internships at his State House office in Boston. The internships are available to high school students who have completed their sophomore year, college students or graduates from the 24th Middlesex District. Internships at the Statehouse offer many opportunities, including policy research, constituent services, networking, and daily seminars presented by the State House specifically for interns. Interns will spend between 10 and 20 hours in office each week, and may also have the opportunity to do research out of the office. College graduates with additional time will have an opportunity to set up longer-term internships …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The plan focuses on investments in transportation and education while calling for an income tax increase coupled with a lower sales tax.
Belmont's state legislators reacted cautiously to yesterday's announcement by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick of his budget outline in the coming fiscal year. In submitting his $34.8 billion budget to the Legislature Wednesday, Patrick said the proposed income tax hike is part of a comprehensive package aimed at investing in the state's infrastructure including increased spending for public transportation, education and in driving growth. "The Governor has advanced a plan to tackle two of our District's and the Commonwealth's greatest needs - transportation and education. For years, in part because of the deep recession, key investments in these vital areas have faltered," said Dave Rogers, state representative for the 24th Middlesex …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Will be listening to residents at Sweet Peach at 2 p.m.
Dave Rogers will be holding his first office hours in Belmont as State Representative today, Saturday, Jan. 19, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sweet Peach Diner (Back Room), 628 Trapelo Rd. The Cambridge resident who won the general election in November to represent the 24th Middlesex District – the "ABC" district comprising Belmont and precincts in Cambridge and Arlington – in the state's House of Representatives filed his first bill on Friday, Jan. 18, allowing the state to transfer the former Belmont incinerator site to the town. Rogers will listen to constituent concerns and answer questions on legislative issues. Rogers' next scheduled "office hours" will be on Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Beech Street Center.