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  • Massachusetts Legislature Passes FY22 Budget
    BOSTON – Friday, July 9, 2021 – The Massachusetts State Legislature on Friday unanimously passed a $48.07 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22). This budget maintains fiscal responsibility, does not cut services, and makes targeted investments to address emerging needs, safeguard the health and wellness of the most vulnerable populations and ensure residents will benefit equitably as the state recovers from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking into consideration strong tax revenue performance in Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 2021), the final FY22 conference report increases revenue assumptions by $4.2 billion over the December consensus revenue projection for a new […]
  • Sen. Lesser and Rep. Cutler to Co-Chair Second Future Of Work Commission Meeting
    Governor Deval Patrick to discuss his involvement in the Future of Tech Commission On Tuesday at 11a.m., Representative Josh S. Cutler and Senator Eric P. Lesser will co-chair the second meeting of the 17-member Future of Work Commission. Former Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick will deliver introductory remarks. The meeting will focus on the present and future state of work here in Massachusetts, featuring presentations from IDG CEO Mohamad Ali, EOWLD Chief Economist Mahesh Ramachandran, and EOHED Secretary Michael Kennealy. The meeting will be virtual and a livestream will be available on Senator Lesser’s Facebook page.             WHO: Representation Josh […]
  • Summary of Labor and Workforce Development line items in FY22 Budget
    The budget passed by the Legislature represents a serious and committed effort to help the economy recover in the short term and ensure that our workforce has the skills, tools and training needed to succeed in the Commonwealth’s post-pandemic economy. I would like to highlight some key labor and workforce development provisions in the final budget passed by both houses of the Massachusetts Legislature that may be helpful in communications with your districts. If there is a common thread in these budget line items, it is that we are investing in our people. We all know that what powers Massachusetts […]
  • SEN. LESSER & REP. CUTLER ANNOUNCE FUTURE OF WORK COMMISSION
    Commission to hold first meeting on June 29th to study impacts of technology and remote work on the workforce STATE HOUSE—A new commission led by co-chairs Senator Eric P. Lesser of Longmeadow and Representative Josh S. Cutler of Pembroke will focus on the future of the workplace and the impact of automation, artificial intelligence, global trade, and new data forms on the workforce, businesses, and economy. The 17-member Future of Work Commission will hold hearings to receive testimony from leaders in workforce training and education, fair labor and workers’ rights, members of the labor community, and members of the business […]
  • New law prevents spike in unemployment costs for small businesses
    Gov. Baker has just signed into law a bill designed to prevent an unexpected spike in unemployment costs for Massachusetts businesses. All employers will now get a revised UI bill with the new amount. Employers who have already remitted their first quarter payment will received a credit. The legislation (H.3702) was previously approved in both the House and Senate. I was pleased to help lead this effort in the House in my role as Chair of the Labor and Workforce Development Committee. Thank you to Speaker Mariano and Chairman Michlewitz for prioritizing this issue. I am also grateful to our Senate […]
  • House approves FY22 budget
    BOSTON – Thursday, April 29, 2021 – The Massachusetts House of Representatives today passed its Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) budget. This budget responsibly responds to the needs of residents and makes investments that set the state on a path toward economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded at $47.716 billion, the House’s FY22 budget continues its strong commitment to cities and towns, and includes significant investments in education, supportive services for vulnerable populations, and workforce and economic development, among other priorities. “This budget meets the needs of our residents who have endured an unprecedented level of health and economic challenges […]
  • Legislature acts to safeguard unemployment benefits and freeze rates for businesses
    Bill also gives small businesses tax exemption on federal relief funds STATE HOUSE – The Mass. House and Senate have enacted comprehensive legislation to safeguard unemployment benefits, limit rate increases for employers, provide tax relief for lower income jobseekers, and exempt small businesses from state taxes on federal relief grants.   “These measures will offer much need relief to workers, employers and small businesses. At the same time, we’re also taking critical steps to help safeguard our unemployment insurance system for the long term,” said Rep. Josh S. Cutler (D-Pembroke), House Chair of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce […]
  • Legislature Passes Landmark Climate Legislation
    The Legislature passed nation-leading climate legislation, known as the Next Generation Climate Roadmap bill, which overhauls the state’s climate laws, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, advances the clean energy industry, and prioritizes and protects environmental justice communities. “I am proud the House and the Senate have not backed down from our ambitious goals and unwavering commitment to make Massachusetts a leader in climate protection and clean energy,” said Speaker of the House Ronald Mariano (D-Quincy). “There is no doubt this legislation will set Massachusetts on the right path and benefit generations to come. “This historic legislation will set Massachusetts on a […]
  • New COVID relief bill to include tax relief to unemployed workers, rate freeze for businesses
    Statement from Senate President Karen E. Spilka, Speaker of the House Ronald Mariano, Senate Ways & Means Chair Michael J. Rodrigues and House Ways & Means Chair Aaron Michlewitz The Senate and House have reached agreement on a bill to help workers and employers jumpstart our nascent recovery as we begin to slowly emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. This agreement strikes a balance to ensure that businesses can continue to move forward while protecting those working hard to keep the economy going. Time is of the essence to bring this much needed relief to businesses and employees, and so we will act […]
  • Rep. Cutler named chair of Labor Committee
    STATE HOUSE – Rep. Josh S. Cutler has been appointed House Chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. The Committee has purview over a broad range of labor and employment policy, including unemployment insurance, paid family leave, worker safety, worker’s compensation, collective bargaining, workforce training, and wage and hour laws. “I’m honored to be appointed to this key post by Speaker Mariano and my House colleagues,” said Rep. Cutler. “These are critical issues in any year, but especially now as we work to recover from the pandemic, and in some cases reimagine the role of the […]
  • Powder Point Bridge TIP request letter
    First opened in 1892, the Powder Point Bridge is an historical landmark that serves thousands of Massachusetts residents annually and provides vital recreational and public safety access to Duxbury Beach and Saquish. Measuring at 2,200 feet, Power Point Bridge is considered one of the longest wooden bridges in the country.
  • 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) […]

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