SANNICANDRO, ELDRIDGE HIGHLIGHT PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM


  Co-chairs of the Harm Reduction and Drug Law Reform Caucus, Representative Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland) and Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton), announced Friday that Massachusetts residents are ready for criminal justice reform, based on data presented by MassINC Polling Group at Tuesday’s monthly caucus meeting. “Our current system is broken, it [...]

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BILL TO INCLUDE WORK LEAVE FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS


(April 7—STATEHOUSE) The domestic violence bill scheduled to be taken up by the House on Tuesday includes a piece of legislation originally cosponsored by State Representative Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland), establishing 15 days of leave from work for victims of domestic violence. Senator Cynthia Creem sponsored, and Representative Sannicandro cosponsored, the [...]

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Sannicandro: A fair split of higher ed costs


MetroWest Daily News Column

By Rep. Tom Sannicandro
April 6, 2014

A college education has never been more important for the American Dream. The ability to receive a college education directly affects the economic opportunity of every American.

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House Passes Legislation to Raise Minimum Wage, Enact Reforms to Unemployment Insurance, Enhance Protections for Domestic Workers


(April 3–BOSTON) Representative Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland) joined his House colleagues this week to pass a bill that reforms the state’s unemployment insurance system (UI) and raises the minimum wage, changes that will make both systems more fair and equitable for all. The legislation addresses minimum wage and UI in tandem. [...]

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NEW BILL AIMS TO BREAK GENERATIONAL CYCLES OF POVERTY


(MARCH 31 — State House) A bill filed by State Representative Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland), providing at least $1 million in work-study opportunities and focused career development to people on welfare, will be before the Joint Committee on Higher Education on Tuesday, in a new effort to empower people on welfare [...]

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Legislature boosts funding for Framingham schools


FRAMINGHAM – As the school department struggles to close a potential budget gap for next fiscal year, the Legislature has made the job a little easier by increasing the state’s contribution to the district by about $1 million.

“Education is the foundation of our future,” said Sannicandro. “I want to make sure every child receives a high-quality education and has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. These investments ensure the state is doing its part to provide that.”

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DISABILITY INCLUSION IN HIGHER ED HEARD TUESDAY


Hearing to Discuss Expanding Access for Students with Disabilities in Higher Ed (March 10–State House) – State Representative Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland), House Chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education, will hold a hearing on including students with intellectual disabilities and autism in higher education Tuesday, March 11, from 10:30AM [...]

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New life for downtown Framingham


MetroWest Daily News Column

By Rep. Tom Sannicandro
March 9, 2014

Today, the downtown area of Framingham is poised for a renaissance.

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HOUSE APPROVES MONEY FOR NEW MASSBAY CAMPUS


State Representative Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland) and the Framingham legislative delegation announced today the House passes H.3920, An act providing for capital facility repairs and improvements, containing an additional $14 million appropriation for MassBay Community College to build a new campus in downtown Framingham.

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PACE HEARING ON HIGHER EDUCATION COLLABORATION


(State House, Feb. 26) – State Representative Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland) announced Wednesday that he and Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury), Co-Chairs of the Joint Committee on Higher Education, will hold a hearing on the Partnership to Advance Collaboration and Efficiency (PACE) on Tuesday, March 4th, at 11:30AM in Room A-2 at [...]

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