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  • Legislature Passes Landmark Climate Change Bill
    The Massachusetts Legislature today passed breakthrough climate legislation that overhauls the state’s climate laws, drives down greenhouse gas emissions, creates clean energy jobs, and protects environmental justice communities. The bill, An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy (S.2995), sets a 2050 net-zero greenhouse gas emissions limit, as well as statewide limits every five years; increases the requirements for offshore wind energy procurement bringing the statewide total to 5,600 megawatts; requires emission reduction goals for MassSave, the state’s energy efficiency program; and, for the first time, establishes the criteria in statute that define environmental justice populations. The legislation […]
  • WorkAbility Subcommittee Final Report
  • Mass. Developmental Disabilities Council to Honor Rep. Cutler as ‘Legislator of the Year’
    STATE HOUSE – The Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council has unanimously selected Rep. Josh S. Cutler (D-Pembroke) as their 2020 Legislator of the Year. He will be honored at the group’s annual legislative reception to be held virtually this March. The Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) is an independent state agency that supports people with developmental disabilities and their families. Their missions is to help create opportunities for individuals to lead successful lives in their communities, support inclusive education and greater employment opportunities. Rep. Cutler, who currently serves as vice-chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, has […]
  • Major win for PANDAS/PANS families as insurance coverage and DPH Advisory Council added to Health Care Bill!
    I’m very happy to report that our legislation to provide health insurance coverage for PANDAS/PANS treatment has been included in the Health Care bill released a short time ago by the Conference Committee. That would be amazing enough by itself, but it also includes our amendment to create a PANDAS/PANS Advisory Council at the Mass. Department of Public Health. These steps together represent a true breakthrough for thousands of Massachusetts families afflicted with this disease. For those who are not familiar, PANDAS & PANS are related pediatric autoimmune disorders which strike previously healthy children, typically between the ages of two […]
  • Rep. Cutler’s Holiday Card Contest Winner
    Congratulations to Abigail, a 5th grader at the Alden School in Duxbury! Her drawing was selected for the cover of our annual holiday greeting card contest. Abigail won a gift certificate to Rock, Paper, Scissors toy store and I made a $100 donation to the Alden School PTO in her name. We had a brief presentation today in front of the school with her family and friends from the Alden school staff & PTO. There were more than 100 elementary school students acrossdrawings. A handful of them were also included on the inside of the card as shown here. We […]
  • Rep. Cutler holiday greeting card video
    Thank you to all the students who participated in our annual holiday greeting card contest! We had 110 entries from elementary school students in Duxbury, Hanson and Pembroke. They did a fantastic job and I guarantee this will put a smile on your face! The video is about six minutes long.
  • Legislature Passes Balanced Budget with Targeted Investments in Housing, Economic Development and Food Security
    The Massachusetts Legislature has passed its 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. The Legislature continues to further its commitment to cities and towns by investing $1.1 billion […]
  • Update: Compromise Policing Reform measure approved by Legislature
    On Wednesday the Legislature approved a compromise Policing Reform bill designed to create a new law enforcement accountability and oversight system here in Massachusetts. This bill is what we call a Conference Committee Report, which means it’s a compromise between two different bills approved by the House (H. 4860) and Senate (S.2820) earlier this year. Generally speaking this final version hews more closely to the House bill, but there are few key differences which I will explain in a moment. First off, since I know there is a great deal of interest let me emphasize at the outset that the […]
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Update
    More encouraging news on the vaccine front. Here is some information we just received from Pfizer:  Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate is 95% effective against COVID-19 beginning 28 days after the first dose  We expect to produce globally up to 50 million vaccine doses in 2020 and up to 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021  We plan to submit within days to the FDA for EUA and share data with other regulatory agencies around the glob  Efficacy was consistent across age, gender, race and ethnicity demographics; observed efficacy in adults over 65 years of age was over 94% Safety data milestone required by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) […]
  • Holiday card contest
  • New Family-Friendly Website to Help Parents Support Children’s Mental Health
    Recognizing the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on children’s mental health, the Baker Administration recently launched HandholdMA.org, a new family-friendly website for parents and guardians of school-aged children who are concerned about their child’s mental health. The website provides families with tips, tools, and resources designed to help them navigate their child’s mental health journey. The content, which is targeted to families with kids age 6-12 years, was developed by a team of mental health and child development experts as well as family and community partners. Developed with input from individuals representing diverse Massachusetts communities, the content is available in […]
  • New Unemployment Legislation Signed into Law
    Yesterday, the Legislature passed legislation to retroactively assist individuals receiving unemployment benefits. The legislation allows for certain qualified unemployment recipients to retroactively collect up to $1,800 in benefits. In July, through the first week of September, FEMA established the Lost Wages Assistance Program which provided for an additional $300 per week of unemployment benefits for 5 weeks. Unfortunately, many receiving unemployment benefits did not receive the minimum benefit amount ($100 or more in weekly benefits) to qualify of the additional monies. The legislation passed yesterday and signed into law by Gov. Baker will ensure that all recipients of unemployment receive […]
  • State Funeral for World War II Veterans resolution
    The Medal of Honor is the highest military award bestowed on our armed forces. For heroic actions during World War II there were 472 Medals of Honor awarded. Today, there are just two surviving recipients in the country and both of these heroes are of advanced age. In order to honor all 472 heroes it has been proposed that the United States designate a State Funeral upon the death of the last surviving member. This would serve as a final salute to the 16 million men and women of the greatest generation who served in our armed forces from 1941 […]
  • Public Safety Chair on Rep. Cutler and public safety
    Thank you to Public Safety Chairman Harold P. Naughton, Jr. for setting the record straight on the false “defunding the police” narrative. Please take two minutes to watch.
  • Coastal Resilience grant for Duxbury Beach
    Duxbury has been awarded a Coastal Resilience grant by the office of Coastal Zone Management’s (CZM). The grants, funded through the Legislature, support local efforts to proactively plan for and reduce coastal storm and climate change impacts, including storm surge, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise. Duxbury will receive $152,278 for Duxbury beach for nature-based storm-damage protection measures. The Duxbury Beach Reservation will complete permitting for a series of nature-based measures that will provide flood and erosion control and improve the resilience of the barrier beach system. The measures will address vulnerable areas including ocean-facing beaches and dunes, bay side […]
  • Fact Check: Police Funding claims
    No, Rep. Josh Cutler did NOT vote to defund our police. THE FACTS ARE: Josh supports policing reform, including the implementation of a statewide Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) sytem –– as 46 states do now –– to help weed out the few bad actors who discredit our honorable men and women in law enforcement. • Josh supports limits on the use of tear gas, chokeholds and facial recognition technology and uniform statewide police training and use of force standards. • Josh does NOT support the elimination of qualified immunity and has NEVER voted to defund our police. • […]
  • Tax relief extension for small businesses
    The Legislature and Gov. Baker have jointly agreed to a further extension for regular sales tax, meals tax, and room occupancy taxes for most small businesses due from March 2020 through April 2021, so that they will instead be due in May 2021. Businesses that collected less than $150,000 in regular sales plus meals taxes in the twelve month period ending February 29, 2020 will be eligible for relief for sales and meals taxes, and businesses that collected less than $150,000 in room occupancy taxes in the twelve month period ending February 29, 2020 will be eligible for relief with respect to room occupancy taxes. For these […]
  • Resolution in honor of Ed Thorne
    Sen. Susan Moran and I were pleased to host a brief ceremony today outside Pembroke Town Hall to formally recognize Mr. Ed Thorne for his dedicated service to our community. Ed served in municipal government for more than 40 years, including more than 20 years in Pembroke, retiring this spring. He was Pembroke’s first Town Administrator starting in 1998 and then later our first Town Manager in 2019. We presented Ed with a formal Resolution passed by both the Mass. House and Senate to recognize his service. Thank you to Selectboard Chairman Dan Trabucco for joining us along with a […]
  • Rep. Cutler amendment funds Hanson police radios
    During our state budget debate I drafted and filed an amendment to provide an additional $25,000 for the Hanson Police & Fire Departments to purchase new mobile communications gear. My amendment was adopted and, with support from Sen. Brady in the Senate, made its way to the governor’s desk and was eventually signed into law. With the funds the town was able to purchase these Motorola APX portable radios for use by Hanson Police, as well as multiban mobile radios for Hanson Fire and Highway Departments to allow interoperability among the three agencies. The radios are now in and in […]
  • Sales tax free weekend
    This weekend is our Sales Tax Holiday. This a great time to support our small businesses, get those back to school supplies (sorry kids!) or other household items you’ve been looking for. Here are the basics: • No sales tax (6.25%) for most retail items under $2,500 on Saturday & Sunday. Some stores offer additional savings on top of this so it pays to check around. • If your purchase requires home delivery you can still get tax break as long as you pay for it this weekend. • If you purchase multiples items that add up to more than […]

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