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  • What House Leadership is Doing on April Vacation Week & CW Mag’s Study | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    Commonwealth Magazine documents the so called drop off in legislative debate over the years This lobbyist does not remember fondly those standing around for 10 days on those hard marble floors as the House or Senate waded through the budget debate line item by line item by line item culminating finally in an all night session that finished at dawn Walking out of the State House under the cherry trees in full bloom to a city just waking up I always hoped my presence as an advocate had prompted a positive response from Leadership to move my clients proposals forward but I was never sure Commonwealth s article says in part Lawmakers and political observers say the drop off in legislative action is a reflection of a culture that has taken hold on Beacon Hill in recent de cades that emphasizes efficiency over debate House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray have largely maintained that course preferring wherever possible to work out differences behind closed doors and use public legislative sessions to execute those decisions Maurice Cunningham a University of Massachusetts Boston political science professor is concerned about the trend You want lawmakers to be doing their job

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?p=884 (2016-02-09)
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  • budget debate | Page 2 | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    12 2012 No Comments This Morning we salute our friends and colleagues at the Mass Budget and Policy Center for the rapid response analysis on the House Ways and Means budget Find it here Trust me its really really good Faced with a significant budget deficit for Fiscal Year 2013 the House Ways and Means Committee HWM proposes to Featured Resisting the Advocates by admin on Jan 16 2012 No

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  • What Would Frances Fox Piven Do? | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    Impractical Costly and Unconstitutional EBT Bill And she d hand you a fact sheet The commission acknowledged that it had limited data on the extent of fraud in the system though critics have pointed anecdotally to incidents such as the arrests of eight people in Lynn last year for allegedly using money obtained through their cards to buy cocaine I m not going to legislate anything based upon what we think or hearsay I think we need to see the data said State Sen Jennifer Flanagan However the commission did advise that Massachusetts go above and beyond existing state law as well as a recently passed federal law by expanding the ban on establishments that can accept EBT cards members of the commission will file legislation to ban nail salons tattoo parlors firearms dealers bars smoke shops and spas from accepting EBT cards Jewelry stores Rent A Centers health clubs cruise ships and psychic readers were considered but not added to the list It also remains unclear how that ban will be enforced The facts all cash assistance recipients TAFDC and EAEDC get their cash on an EBT card unless they have a bank account they ve designated for direct

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  • Good grass-roots organizing always beats money, no matter how much,’’ Dukakis said in an interview. | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    story describes the pressure that the volunteer town officials face as big money out of town casino developers move in to get the necessary permissions to build a destination casino in their town The state s legalization of casino gambling is putting unprecedented demands and pressures on part time local officials calling into question whether volunteer citizen boards are equipped to handle casino proposals pushed by some of the richest companies in the world I don t think anybody on the board ever signed up for this said Sullivan who has received about 2 000 calls and emails about the Route 1 casino proposal pitched by Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn for land next to Gillette Stadium There s awesome awesome pressure by townspeople developers the media It s just constant Many of the casino companies interested in competing for development rights under the state s expanded gambling law have gravitated toward small towns led by part time virtually unpaid elected officials where large tracts of open land are available But as Geoff Beckwith from the Mass Municipal Association says Geoffrey Beckwith executive director of the Massachusetts Municipal Association said he is confident that small towns with the right expert

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?p=268 (2016-02-09)
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  • Cycle of Organizing | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    confidently participate in public life and influence the advancement of social economic and racial justice Mission History Trainings Resource Library About Mission History Staff Did you hear Trainings Upcoming Events Monthly Samplings Leadership Programs Case Studies Campaigns Partners Resource Library Publications Videos Cycle of Organizing by admin on Feb 2 2012 11 17 pm No Comments What do you think Name required Email required Website Click here to cancel reply

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  • Mass Academy | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    Monthly Samplings Leadership Programs Case Studies Campaigns Partners Resource Library Publications Videos Posts tagged Mass Academy Featured Uncategorized Mass Leadership Academy One Mass Go Up and Down at the Same Time by admin on Jul 15 2012 No Comments Announcement The Public Policy Institute and it s two projects ONE Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Policy and Leadership Academy have moved out of our incubator at 30 Winter St where we

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  • Nearly 200 teenagers will lobby state lawmakers today | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    60 of them There s a real crisis with the levels of funding said Lew Finfer an organizer for the Youth Jobs Coalition About 1 200 jobs are at stake in the Boston Herald on Wednsday the 25 Boston s Thomas M Menino and 20 other mayors also have signed a letter urging Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo to restore funding for the program And on the next day the State House News Service reported in the Boston Herald reported It put us in better shape than we were last year coming out of the House Lew Finfer director of the Massachusetts Communities Action Network told the News Service Advocates say 1 200 youth jobs would be lost without funding restorations Finfer said they re thankful for lawmakers support for 8 6 million in the final House budget but he added that 200 youth jobs are still in danger of being lost But the kids aren t done yet and will be up again in a couple of months says Darius Brooks from ABCD University High School Finfer said advocates will also press for a supplemental budget in order to get funds flowing before July 1

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?p=1162 (2016-02-09)
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  • Uncategorized | Page 4 | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    to Sign Onto the O Connell Holmes Impractical Costly and Unconstitutional EBT Bill And Featured Uncategorized Sen Pat Jehlen on the need for t a x e s to fix the MBTA by admin on Mar 14 2012 No Comments So Senator Pat Jehlen actually used the word in a State House News Video In an election year In the face of solemn promises from Legislative Leaders that there will be no new taxes not to forstall threatened service cuts and fare increases that seem to be inevitable So says the Transportation Secretary and the MBTA Acting General Featured Uncategorized Which Leaves on this Tree will Fall This Spring by admin on Mar 8 2012 No Comments De Leo s budget chief Rep Brian Dempsey D Haverhill told the News Service that a budget released in April by the House Ways and Means Committee will be balanced primarily with program cuts The other day our legislative leaders in the House namely Speaker De Leo and Chair of Ways and Means Brian Dempsey both acknowledged Featured Uncategorized Not just the Disabled are Worried about the MBTA s Ride Reading about Interest Rate Swaps by admin on Mar 6 2012 No Comments It s gray it s white it s balding and it s coming says Christopher Hart of the Boston s Institute for Human Centered Design about future users of the MBTA s Ride Today Eric Moskowitz wrote in the Globe this morning about a current Ride user profiling Penny Shaw BRAINTREE Penny Shaw a former teacher with a doctorate in French Featured Uncategorized Meet the Your MBTA Heroes by admin on Mar 2 2012 No Comments Oh to be young and bold again Susan Blair from the Globe did a terrific job with this series of photos The super group

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