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Major Economic Development Bill Breaks Down Barriers, Emphasizes Equity

By |August 17th, 2020|Front Page News, News|

Senator Collins Fights for Economic Justice BOSTON –Recently, ​ ​the Massachusetts State Senate passed a sweeping economic recovery and development bill that provides much-needed support to small businesses, addresses the housing affordability crisis, and creates new jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Building off the work he had started with then-Senator Linda Dorcena [...]

Sen. Collins Secures Funding for MBTA, Safe Streets, Pedestrians

By |July 20th, 2020|Front Page News, News|

Transportation Bond Bill Makes Significant Investments in Transit Equity BOSTON – Last Thursday, the Massachusetts State Senate approved a multi-billion dollar borrowing bill to authorize executive agencies like the Department of Transportation and the MBTA to make significant capital investments in transportation infrastructure, multi-modal transit, and equity in access to clean transportation models.  Sen. Nick [...]

Senator Collins Secures Community Funding Priorities

By |July 9th, 2020|Front Page News, News|

Supplemental Budget Responds to Impacts of COVID-19 This article originally appeared in the Bay State Banner BOSTON — Last week the Massachusetts State Senate voted on several key funding bills in response to the impacts of the Novel Coronavirus in Massachusetts. From summer enrichment programs, closing the information technology gap, childcare needs, frontline workers protections, [...]

Senator Collins Champions Contagious Diseases Protections for First Responders

By |July 1st, 2020|Front Page News, News|

BOSTON – In the midst of a global pandemic, ​Senator Nick Collins recently filed an amendment to a funding bill that would provide workers’ compensation benefits to our state’s emergency responders by creating a rebuttable presumption that an emergency worker’s death or disability was caused by a contagious disease suffered on the job upon meeting [...]

Economic Empowerment Agenda

By |June 1st, 2020|Front Page News, News|

Income inequality along racial and ethnic lines in our city is as clear as ever. My office is committed to creating economic opportunity by listening and taking actions to address the most pressing concerns facing our communities. To correct issues of economic inequality, I have filed and continue to champion legislation which will include funding [...]

Contact Tracers can close the gap on uninsured

By |May 21st, 2020|Front Page News, News|

This Column Originally appeared in the Bay State Banner and Dorchester Reporter A 2019 study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation identified that over 25,000 Bostonians and over 200,000 Massachusetts residents did not have health insurance. This was despite the 2006 universal health care law that was passed in Massachusetts making health care a [...]

To prevent a tax on the poor, masks must be free

By |May 8th, 2020|Front Page News, News|

This article originally appeared in the Dorchester Reporter Last week Governor Charlie Baker set an order in place that would make face coverings or masks mandatory in public. This follows a series of recommendations from public health officials and experts, including Dorchester’s Bill Walczak, about the impact their use would have on flattening the curve. [...]

Health Centers key to equitable response and recovery to COVID-19

By |May 3rd, 2020|Front Page News, News|

This column originally appeared in the Dorchester Reporter:As policymakers it is our responsibility to respond to the public health challenges before us with urgency while planning the long term recovery of our city, state and nation. Community health centers have been key to delivering an equitable public health response in the fight against COVID-19, and [...]

COVID-19 Update

By |March 23rd, 2020|Front Page News, News|

KrioluEspañolVietnameseHaitian Creole Updates in 10 total languages can additionally be accessed through boston.gov/coronavirus#multilingual-help. Each language has its own page and hosts multilingual print materials distributed citywide. Do you need a test to determine if you may have COVID-19? The testing sites below are available by appointment only. If you believe you may need a test, [...]

Sen. Collins, Rep. Biele Support $15 Million in State Funds to Combat Coronavirus Outbreak

By |March 20th, 2020|Front Page News, News|

BOSTON – Last week, the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives passed a supplemental budget to create a $15 million fund in response to the outbreak of COVID 19 cases in Massachusetts.  The funds, held in reserve, will support the Commonwealth’s monitoring, treatment, containment, public awareness and prevention efforts against the novel coronavirus by the Department of [...]