Rep. Josh Cutler: Leadership that delivers results

As our state representative, Rep. Josh S. Cutler has worked hard to advocate for our district, pass important legislation, and deliver resources to reduce the burden on local taxpayers. Below are some examples of Josh’s work. Click on each town to see local highlights. For additional details please see our “Issues” page.

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Pembroke
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  • Named ‘Legislator of the Year’ for his efforts on behalf of people with intellectual & developmental disabilities including passing “Nicky’s Law” to protect the disabled from abusive caretakers.

  • Lead sponsor of Energy SAVE Act to update our energy and water efficiency standards, lower energy costs and reduce harmful emissions. Passed by House.

  • Lead sponsor of PANDAS/PANS legislation to establish DPH advisory council and ensure insurance coverage to help parents facing exorbitant out of pocket medical bills.

  • Spearheaded WorkAbility initiative to support workforce development and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

  • Named Plymouth-Bristol Central Labor Council “Legislator of the Year” for his efforts in support of working families, including passing legislation to protect collective bargaining rights.

  • Elected House Chair of the bipartisan Coastal Caucus focusing on climate, fishing, aquaculture and environmental issues

  • Lead sponsor of Offshore Tax Haven bill to close corporate tax loopholes and level playing field for Massachusetts businesses. Reported favorably by Committee.

  • Lead sponsor of An Act Relative to Equal Pay to make pay range data more transparent for employees and job applicants.Reported favorably by Committee

  • Lead sponsor of "Mass Made" legislation to promote, connect and support businesses that produce goods here in Massachusetts.

  • Lead sponsor of legislation to mandate insurance coverage for electronic tracking devices to help families safely locate individuals with Alzheimer’s who may get lost.

  • Co-led House effort to ban the discredited practice of gay conversion therapy on minors. Signed by Gov. Baker, now law.

  • Sponsor of distracted driving legislation to require hands-free use while driving. Now law.

  • As a member of the Higher Education Committee, helped pass new law to enhance financial reporting for colleges and universities and ensure that parents and students have more information about their financial health.
Duxbury

Here are some of the ways Josh is Working for Duxbury:

  • Josh worked with the Duxbury Bay Maritime School to successfully advocate for $1M from the Seaport Economic Council for a new Community Rowing Center & Marine Science Center.

  • Josh secured funds for the Duxbury American Legion Post so they could make improvements and upgrades to their historic building to better serve local veterans.

  • Josh added an amendment to Environmental Bond bill for Duxbury seawalls and worked with town leaders and legislative colleagues to secure $2M in state grants and loans to fund repairs and reduce the burden on our local taxpayers.

  • Josh secured state funds to help the town get a new weed harvester to keep our ponds clean in environmentally sensitive areas where herbicide use is not recommended, such as Island Creek Pond.

  • Josh helped secure funds for a regional mobile water pump for our fire departments to use in case of flooding.

  • Josh secured $25,000 in state funds to make improvements at the Keene Street fields.

  • Josh helped pass supplemental budget to fund new Safer Schools and Communities Initiative, which resulted in Duxbury schools getting $60,000.

  • Josh successfully advocated for Chapter 90 roadway program which over the past two years has delivered $1.07M to Duxbury for local roadway repairs.

  • Hosted a high school student art show at State House to showcase the talents of Duxbury student artists
Hanson

Here are some of the ways Josh is Working for Hanson:

  • Josh secured state funding for renovations to Camp Kiwanee, including a new stove and repairs to roof, floors and electrical system.

  • Josh secured state funds for new chromebooks at Indian Head school and additional funding to cover remote learning and PPE expenses for the Whitman-Hanson Regional School District.

  • Josh secured funding to treat Wampatuck & Monponsett Ponds and also direct funds to the Central Plymouth County Water Commission.

  • Josh hosted a coat drive for Hanson vets, worked to boost Council on Aging formula grants and secured $25K in state funding to upgrade Hanson Food Pantry facilities.

  • Josh secured state funds for new Motorola APX portable radios for Hanson Police Department as well as multi-ban mobile radio system for Hanson Fire and Highway Departments to allow interoperability among the three agencies.

  • Josh filed and passed legislation to dedicate the Indian Head River bridge in Hanson to the late Charles W. Mann in recognition of many decades of public service.

  • Josh secured $30,000 for economic development planning in Hanson business area.

  • Josh led efforts to restore weekend commuter rail service for Hanson and add a family fare discount.

  • Josh successfully advocated for Chapter 90 roadway program which over the past two years has delivered $640,000 to Hanson for local roadway repairs.

  • Josh co-sponsored a successful amendment to provide $100,000 in state funds to spray for West Nile virus and EEE here in Plymouth County .

  • Josh worked with Federal & County officials to ensure Hanson’s eligibility for a minimum of $1,400,000 in COVID reimbursement funds. 

  • Josh helped pass supplemental budget to fund new Safer Schools and Communities Initiative, which resulted in Whitman-Hanson schools getting $60,000.

  • Josh hosted a high school student art show at State House to showcase the talents of Whitman-Hanson student artists.
Pembroke

Here are some of the ways Josh is Working for Pembroke:

  • Josh secured funds for the Pembroke Public Library to upgrade their computers in the Children's Department.

  • Josh filed successful amendment to deliver extra $25K to help clean up and manage Pembroke ponds

  • Josh helped pass supplemental budget to fund new Safer Schools and Communities Initiative, which resulted in Pembroke schools getting $60,000.

  • Josh secured $50,000 for Pembroke schools to make technology improvements.

  • Josh secured $25,000 for the Pembroke Firehouse Food pantry to help serve needy residents.

  • Josh secured funds for the Pembroke Police Department and Fire Department to purchase an off-road vehicle for emergency response in hard to reach areas.

  • Josh secured state funds for the Pembroke Housing Authority to make roof repairs. 

  • Josh successfully advocated for Chapter 90 roadway program which over the past two years has delivered $1.12M to Pembroke for local roadway repairs.

  • Josh co-sponsored a successful amendment to provide $100,000 in state funds to spray for West Nile virus and EEE in Plymouth County .

  • Josh worked with Federal & County officials to ensure Pembroke’s eligibility for a minimum of $2.3M in COVID reimbursement funds. 

  • Josh filed and passed legislation to dedicate a square in Pembroke to the late 'Tiny" Brown in recognition of his many decades of community service.

  • Josh filed amendments to provide extra $100,000 for Pembroke remote learning expenses and $70,000 for Pembroke Senior Center as part of a COVID relief bill.

  • Josh secured $25,000 in state funds to make improvements at the Mattakeesett Street fields.
     
  • Josh organized and hosted a high school student art show at State House to showcase the talents of Pembroke student artists
COVID-19

Here are some of the ways Josh is Working to address impacts of COVID-19:

Josh has worked with his colleagues in the House and Senate and Gov. Baker’s administration to take a number of important steps to address COVID-19, including:

  • Expanding your voting opportunities so no one has to chose between their right to vote and their health. This includes vote by mail and expanded early voting options.

  • Making it easier and faster to qualify for unemployment assistance

  • Expanding tele-health care services for primary care, behavioral health, and chronic disease management.

  • Protecting homeowners from mortgage foreclosures

  • Providing tax relief to small businesses

  • Requiring better health & testing data for elderly and other vulnerable populations

  • Support our restaurants with delivery fee caps & expanded take-away options