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Senate Budget Amendment Would Bring Transparency to Mattapan Line Delays

By |May 24th, 2021|Front Page News, News|

BOSTON – State Senator Nick Collins is calling for improved transparency at the MBTA in light of a report that found delays with the refurbishment of trolleys on the Mattapan High-Speed Line. “The Mattapan Line provides transportation to one of Boston’s most transit-dependent communities. It is essential that this project moves forward in a timely [...]

Sen. Collins Partners With Municipalities To Extend Small Business Opportunities

By |May 19th, 2021|Front Page News, News|

Proposal Extends Outdoor Dining Options BOSTON – State Senator Nick Collins has offered an amendment to the State’s annual budget that would keep in place critical economic development tools for restaurants across the city and state. Under his proposal, municipalities would be empowered to continue expanded outdoor-dining authorizations for restaurants for a full year after [...]

Sen. Collins Increases Investments In Veterans Housing & Services

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

BOSTON – Recently, State Senator Nick Collins joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts State Senate in passing a bill authorizing $400 million to build rebuild the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home and an additional $200 million for regional facilities and services for veterans across the Commonwealth. “I am proud to support this legislation representing an important commitment [...]

Don’t defund police, invest in community policing & partnerships

By |April 15th, 2021|Front Page News, News|

This op-ed originally appeared in the Boston Herald on April 15, 2021 This past weekend our city suffered another devastating loss of life at the hands of gun violence. Ms. Delois Brown, a 73-year-old mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many in my district, was killed on her front porch early Saturday evening. The family [...]

Sen. Collins Announces Record-Breaking State Funding for BPS

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

$863.5 Million Allocated for Boston BOSTON – Recently, State Senator Nick Collins joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature in announcing an agreement for the state’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget that will send a record $432,000,000 to the City of Boston, including $224,000,000 in Chapter 70 Education Aid and $208,000,000 in unrestricted aid. The State [...]

Sen. Collins, Rep. Biele Champion Economic Recovery

By |April 8th, 2021|Front Page News, News|

Legislature Passes $7 Billion Worker & Employer Benefit Package BOSTON – Friday, State Senator Nick Collins and State Representative David Biele joined colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature in passing an important Unemployment Insurance bill, which will provide assistance to Commonwealth employers and employees. The bill authorizes $7 billion to stabilize the unemployment insurance system, establishes [...]

Sen. Collins Named Chair of Committee on Community Development & Small Business

By |March 8th, 2021|Front Page News, News|

Helps Secure over $10 Million for Local Businesses BOSTON – Recently, State Senator Nick Collins was named Chair of the Senate Committee of Community Development and Small Business for the 192nd General Court of Massachusetts. The Committee is tasked with all matters concerning small business operations, local economies, neighborhood and economic development, and community-based job [...]

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 [...]