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SEN. COLLINS CALLS FOR EXPANDED VACCINE ACCESS FOR SENIORS AND PUBLIC HOUSING

By |February 26th, 2021|Front Page News, News|

Urges Administration to Mobilize National Guard for Logistical Support BOSTON- On Monday State Senator Nick Collins called on the Baker Administration to mobilize the Massachusetts National Guard to assist in facilitating vaccine access for at-risk populations, especiallythose living in senior and affordable housing developments. “As the first National Guard unit in the nation, the Massachusetts [...]

SEN. COLLINS SUPPORTS RULE CHANGE TO PROMOTE SUPPLIER DIVERSITY

By |February 16th, 2021|Front Page News, News|

State Senate to Require Diversity and Inclusion on All Contracts BOSTON- The Massachusetts State Senate last week voted for a rule change that requires diversity and inclusion plans to be included in requests for proposals (RFPs) for procurement contracts and taken into consideration when evaluating bids.  This language would promote economic opportunity and inclusion in [...]

New Year Legislative Update

By |January 14th, 2021|Front Page News, News|

To the Citizens of the 1st Suffolk District:       While 2020 was a year of great difficulty and challenge, we also saw extraordinary acts of kindness and generosity that reaffirm our commitment to shared progress and wellbeing. I am more proud than ever to represent you in the State Senate, and I wanted [...]

Business Relief Fund Accepting Applications Through 1/15

By |January 5th, 2021|Front Page News, News|

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts recently announced a new round of grant opportunities for businesses hard-hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. Priority is given to restaurants, gyms, barber shops, nail salons, and other small businesses. For more information or to apply, click here.

Senator Collins Office Hours

By |December 16th, 2020|Front Page News, News|

To register for office hours, see below. Please note COVID protocols will be followed, and no more than 10 people will be allowed in the room at one time during in person office hours. In person, Wednesday December 16th, 2pm-5pm at the BCEC Zoom, Thursday December 17th, 9am-10:30amZoom,Thursday, December 17th, 11am-12:30pm Zoom, Thursday December 17th, 6pm-7:30pm  [...]

CREATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL

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

This Letter to the Editor originally appeared in the Provider, December 2020 Thirty years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) was signed into law, prohibiting discrimination based on disability in all areas, including employment. In keeping with the important legacy of the ADA, it is crucial to examine the workforce and employment opportunities for [...]

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 [...]