Monday, March 18, 2013
The U.S. Senator toured the facility on Friday before speaking about the need to fight the sequester.
Elizabeth Warren, the recently elected Democrat who represents Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate, was in Natick on Friday to receive a private tour of Natick Soldier Systems Center. "This is a place that saves lives," Warren said of Natick Labs. "What happens here is innovation." Speaking strongly against the sequester, which would affect approximately 1,500 civilian employees at the Natick base by forcing them to take 22 days off unpaid to save the government $9.789 million, Warren said that seeing Natick Labs in person reminded her how wrong the sequester is. "It's absolutely the wrong approach," she said. "It is a blunt, across the board cut. I will continue to fight the sequester." State Senator Karen Spilka was with Warren on Friday, …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Sen. Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), who represents part of Natick, announced the passage of the bill yesterday.
Wednesday, February 13
The following is a press release from the office of Sen. Karen Spilka. Continuing a commitment to provide economic relief for businesses across the Commonwealth, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) announced the Senate passage of a supplemental budget bill that freezes the unemployment insurance premiums paid by businesses. Without the freeze, the rate would increase by over $200 per employee, with the average business seeing payments jump from $726 to $932 for each worker. “By freezing the unemployment insurance rate, we are once again taking steps to help businesses expand and hire additional employees,” said Spilka. “As our economy continues to recover, it is important that we remain dedicated to providing relief to local businesses and …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Rep. David Linsky, Senator Karen Spilka and Senator Richard Ross have announced the event.
Tuesday, February 12
Editor's Note: Originally this post ran stating that people who make less than $705,000 per year are not eligible for the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit. That is incorrect. You are ineligible if you make MORE than $705,000. This has been corrected below. The following is from a press release from the office of Senator Richard Ross. Senator Richard J. Ross (R-Wrentham), Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) and Representative David P. Linsky (D-Natick) are pleased to announce an informational seminar on the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit will be held at the Council on Aging in Natick on February 25, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. They will be joined by Brian Lynch of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. “The Senior Circuit Breaker is an excellent …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Spilka: “I look forward to taking on this new role as Majority Whip and remain steadfast in my commitment to being a responsible steward for the taxpayers and an advocate for working families across the Commonwealth."
Thursday, Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) advanced Sen. Karen Spilka, who represents Natick, to serve as Majority Whip of the Massachusetts Senate. Previously, Spilka served as Assistant Majority Whip. “It is an honor to once again be appointed by Senate President Murray to serve as a member of her leadership team,” Spilka said in a press release. “I look forward to taking on this new role as Majority Whip and remain steadfast in my commitment to being a responsible steward for the taxpayers and an advocate for working families across the Commonwealth. I am eager to work with my colleagues on continuing our efforts to bring about necessary reform, promote job growth and economic development, and support the important services …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Sen. Karen Spilka, Sen. James Eldridge, Rep. Chris Walsh and Rep. Tom Sannicandro put on an apron and lent a hand serving hungry families and individuals at the Pearl Street Cupboard & Café Tuesday night.
MetroWest state senators and representatives spent an hour serving up chicken noodle soup and chicken parm Tuesday night. Sen. Karen Spilka, Sen. James Eldridge, Rep. Chris Walsh and Rep. Tom Sannicandro put on an apron and lent a hand serving hungry families and individuals at the Pearl Street Cupboard & Café in downtown Framingham Tuesday night, Jan. 15. Spilka represents Natick. Besides serving food the legislative delegation spent time listening to the problems of those suffering from food insecurity and lending an ear to those in need. "We are delighted that our local elected officials are helping shine some light on our Pearl Street Cupboard & Café. The number of those in need of food has increased by 400 percent at our Pearl Street …
Monday, January 14, 2013
The eighth grade students asked the legislators what inspired them to get involved in politics and government.
Friday morning, eighth graders at the Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter School in Framingham, some of whom are from Natick, had the opportunity to ask questions of the school's state representatives and state senator as part of the first-ever state legislator day at the middle school. Sen. Karen Spilka, who grew up in New York City, wanted to be a diver when she was younger. She started her political career as a social worker, after graduating from Northeastern University she told a classroom full of eighth grade scholars. Rep. Tom Conroy said an issue close to his heart is trying to solving homelessness. Representatives David Linsky and Alice Peisch talked to students about how long it takes a bill to become a law, how many bills sit in …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
More than 100 people, half of whom spoke, told the MBTA's general manager cuts in commuter rail service and increase in the RIDE fares are unacceptable at a hearing in Framingham Tuesday night.
MetroWest residents flocked to the Memorial Building in Framingham Tuesday night to ask MBTA executives to think twice before reducing services, as proposed. Under both service reduction proposals by the MBTA, to eliminate $169 million in debt, commuter rail service on the Boston-Framingham-Worcester line would end at 10 p.m. on weekdays and be eliminated on weekends. Along with the service reduction, fare increases to the commuter rail are proposed between 30 to 40 percent. "People who need a free ride or cheap ride are being charged more than they can afford," said A. Richard Miller of Natick. Several members of the Legislature were present and or spoke including state Sen. Karen Spilka and Reps. Chris Walsh, Tom Sannicandro, Carolyn …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
The town recognized the installation of solar panels at Wilson Middle School at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday.
Wilson Middle School recognized the installation of new solar kiosk on Tuesday. The switch to solar at Wilson, Kennedy, Ben-Hem and the new Natick High School is expected to cut back on the schools' energy use by 46 percent—the equivalent of taking 93 cars off the road, according to energy company Amaresco. The project will also offer educational opportunities for Natick's students. An LCD screen in the Wilson lobby will display the panels' current performance and students will learn about different types of energy in their classes. "We here in the town of Natick are very very proud of these projects. They represent a terrific public private partnership between the town and Amaresco...also a great collaboration between general government …
Sunday, October 16, 2011
The following information was released by Sen. Karen Spilka's office this week.
Sen. Karen Spilka's office released the following information about the legislator's involvement in the past week: