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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, [...]

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 [...]

NAACP, local leaders plan inclusive convention

By |December 18th, 2019|Featured Gallery, Front Page News, News|

Organization’s 111th gathering to bring 10k visitors to Hub This story was originally published in the Bay State Banner. Written by Yawu Miller, the Banner’s senior editor. VIEW BIO NAACP President Derrick Jackson speaks during a press conference held last week at the Bruce Bolling Municipal Building. BANNER PHOTO Come July 25 of next year, [...]

Climate change demands raising infrastructure standards

By |December 17th, 2019|Featured Gallery, Front Page News, News|

ENVIRONMENT/ OPINION Massachusetts must prepare now for the challenges that are coming This Op-Ed was originally published in Commonwealth Magazine Written byNICK COLLINS,  SARAH PEAKE and  BRADLEY M. CAMPBELL  PERCHED ON THE North Atlantic, with a shoreline prone to flooding and a history of damaging Nor’easters, and surrounded by the fastest warming ocean waters in the world, Massachusetts of all [...]

State Passes Law to Prevent Distracted Driving, Promote Safe Streets

By |December 10th, 2019|Front Page News, News|

BOSTON – Earlier this year, State Senator Nick Collins joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts State Senate to unanimously pass An Act Preventing Distracted Driving, prohibiting the use of handheld mobile devices while driving. Last week, the House and Senate sent the Governor a final version of the bill, which was signed into law and [...]