Advocating for Our Children

The Massachusetts Federation of Young Republicans is proud to post content from Republican state legislators to keep our members apprised of legislation on Beacon Hill. This is the fifth in a series of guest posts by Republicans in the State House who are working on the legislation that matters most to Massachusetts. By Representative Elizabeth A. Poirier (R-North Attleborough) Children are our most precious natural resource, but they are also among the most vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.  Consider these statistics: 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be the victim of sexual abuse before the age of 18 90% of perpetrators are known to the victim 30-40% of child sexual abuse is perpetrated by a family member There are over 42 million survivors of sexual assault in America These sobering figures are provided by the Children’s Advocacy Center for Bristol County (CAC), a private, non-profit agency whose mission is to empower children and families to heal from the trauma of abuse and violence through community partnerships, education and the pursuit of justice.   Continue reading

Update: Select (or BE) a Delegate at the 2016 GOP Convention!

UPDATE: We now have details on the process to select Massachusetts' delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention! Continue reading

GMO Labeling

The Massachusetts Federation of Young Republicans is proud to post content from Republican state legislators to keep our members apprised of legislation on Beacon Hill. This is the fourth in a series of guest posts by Republicans in the State House who are working on the legislation that matters most to Massachusetts. By Representative Todd Smola (R-Warren) In election years, both parties are busy highlighting the differences between Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives. I would like to take this opportunity to address an issue which has received support on Beacon Hill from both sides of the aisle and has put Massachusetts at the forefront of an important national debate. Foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients are commonly known as GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). Over the period of the last decade, a number of GMO related bills have worked their way through the Massachusetts legislature with no success. As a sponsor of GMO labeling legislation for the past decade, I felt a change in strategy this term was long overdue. Joining with Representative Ellen Story (D-Amherst) in a bipartisan effort, we have worked to build one of the strongest legislative coalitions in the history of the state legislature with H3242: An act establishing the genetic engineering transparency food and seed labeling act. Continue reading

Select (or BE) a Delegate at the 2016 GOP Convention!

The Massachusetts GOP delegate caucuses are scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10AM! More probably than at any convention so far this century, the 2016 Republican Convention (July 18-21 in Cleveland, OH) could be a "brokered" convention. If no candidate wins a majority of delegates, the delegates are free to vote for whomever they want until a winner is chosen. You could vote for or even be  one of those Massachusetts delegates at the convention - and help shape the future of the party - by attending your local caucus. What is a caucus and where can you find yours? Read on. Continue reading

Promoting State-Municipal Partnerships

The Massachusetts Federation of Young Republicans is proud to post content from Republican state legislators to keep our members apprised of legislation on Beacon Hill. This is the third in a series of guest posts by Republicans in the State House who are working on the legislation that matters most to Massachusetts. By Representative Susan Williams Gifford (R-Second Plymouth) With the Baker–Polito Administration striving to forge stronger relations between state and local government, I believe House Bill 3905: An Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government does just that. H3905 empowers the Commonwealth’s municipalities by updating obsolete laws, increasing local independence, and providing municipalities with greater flexibility while streamlining state oversight.  Three aspects of the bill that embody this are the boat excise tax, the liquor licensing process, and the municipal procurement of services. Continue reading

Governor’s Budget Charts Fiscally Responsible Course

The Massachusetts Federation of Young Republicans is proud to post content from Republican state legislators to keep our members apprised of legislation on Beacon Hill. This is the second in a series of guest posts by Republicans in the State House who are working on the legislation that matters most to Massachusetts. By Representative Brad Hill (R-Ipswich) There are many things to like about Governor Baker’s proposed $39.5 billion state budget for Fiscal Year 2017.  But two things that stand out are its commitment to reducing the state’s over-reliance on one-time revenues and shoring up the Commonwealth Stabilization Fund. Since taking office in January of 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has made significant progress in reducing the state’s dependence on one-time sources to help balance the budget. The Fiscal Year 2016 budget, signed by Governor Baker on July 17, utilized $629 million in one-time revenues, including $300 million in capital gains taxes and another $100 million generated by a corporate tax amnesty program.  In contrast, the previous year’s budget, signed by former Governor Deval Patrick, relied on $1.2 billion in non-recurring revenue. For the upcoming fiscal year, the Governor’s budget proposal calls for using only $253 million in one-time revenues.  This is less than half the amount built into the current budget and represents a nearly 80% reduction when compared to Governor Patrick’s last budget. Continue reading

Tackling the Opioid Crisis

The Massachusetts Federation of Young Republicans is proud to post content from Republican state legislators to keep our members apprised of legislation on Beacon Hill. This is the first in a series of guest posts by Republicans in the State House who are working on the legislation that matters most to Massachusetts. By House Minority Leader Brad Jones (R-20th Middlesex) Of all the challenges facing the Commonwealth today, perhaps the most significant public health issue is how to deal with the state’s growing opioid crisis. The statistics are sobering: An average of 4 people die from an opioid overdose every single day in Massachusetts.  According to the Department of Public Health (DPH), 263 of the state’s 351 cities and towns experienced at least one opioid-related overdose death between 2012 and 2014. In 2014 alone, 1,089 people died from opioid use in Massachusetts, a 20% increase over the previous calendar year and a 63% increase over 2012.  DPH estimates the total number of confirmed opioid overdose deaths in 2014 could reach 1,256 once all cases are finalized. Continue reading