"According to State Senator Barry Finegold of Andover, the prime sponsor of S. 1593, 'For the last decade, the Commonwealth has been a leader in promoting technologies that generate renewable electricity. But until now, our renewable energy strategy has lacked similar incentives for renewable heating fuels. This bill closes that gap and brings us one step closer to achieving the goals set...
"Boston Foundation President Paul Grogan testified on behalf of a coalition of business leaders supporting charter schools in favor of a comprehensive bill filed by Rep. Russell Holmes and Sen. Barry Finegold that would give intervention powers to a subset of poorly performing Level 3 schools, extend turnaround plans that have worked in failing schools, and lift the cap on in-district and new...
"With 250 jobs at an Andover medical company on the line, lawmakers have sped legislation through both branches and to the governor's desk that delays a provision of last year's prescription monitoring law. Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, said the law aimed at targeting 'pill mills' inadvertently caught up Injured Workers Pharmacy, which sends prescriptions to out-of-state clients."
"Legislation filed by Rep. Russell Holmes (D-Mattapan) and Sen. Barry Finegold (D-Andover, and one the authors of this essay) would eliminate the enrollment cap on Commonwealth charter public schools in the lowest-performing school districts. It would also provide local superintendents and state education officials with expedited authority to turnaround underperforming district schools."
"If we're serious about giving kids a good education and serious about the Massachusetts dream, it's time to lift the cap on charter schools; the one size fits all approach doesn't work,' state Sen. Barry Finegold said at a Statehouse lobby day attended by 700 charter-school students, staff, and parents.
"State Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Election Laws, filed a bill this year that bundles several measures that reformers have long supported. "
Activists pushing for voting rights changes in Massachusetts are preparing for a public hearing on a bill that will introduce early voting and other measures described as the largest state election modernization in decades.
The bill, filed by Sen. Barry Finegold (D-Andover), includes a range of proposals, among them early voting, starting seven days before Election Day; on-line voter registration; pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds; and mandatory public audits of election results.
Business leaders are pushing a bill that would eliminate the state’s existing cap on charter schools in the lowest performing school districts, including in Boston where charter school supporters say the need is the greatest.
Their support for the bill puts the business community in opposition to unions representing teachers and school superintendents, which oppose charter schools....
State program could save money on property taxes
With tax season upon us, Senator Barry Finegold is spreading the news on the Senior Circuit Breaker tax credit—a state program that can save seniors money on their property taxes.
Finegold is making an informational pamphlet available to help seniors find out if they qualify for this break on their property taxes...