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2nd Essex District

Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Salem, and Topsfield
Dear Constituent,

           Good afternoon! As we enter a new month, I'd like to take a moment to update you on the latest news from my Senate office. Some of the items discussed below include:
     If you're interested in a topic that I haven't addressed in this email, please feel free to call my office--my staff and I would be happy to speak with you. Have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!
                                                                      Thanks for reading,
                                                                      Joan B. Lovely
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Final Passage of Fiscal Year 2015 State Budget

On June 30th, the Senate and House passed the conference report of the fiscal year 2015 state budget. Following Governor Patrick's approval, the budget bill will become law for fiscal year 2015.

Thank you to everyone who contacted my office regarding the FY15 budget, I appreciate your advocacy for the budgetary items that matter most to you. Please feel free to review the conference committee report by following the link below. If you have any questions, I encourage you to call my office and speak with me or my staff.

H.4242 "FY 15 Conference Report"
Extension of Statute of Limitations for Childhood Sexual Abuse

Last month I voted to extend the statute of limitations for charges of childhood sexual abuse. Victims will now be able to seek justice for up to 35 years after they turn 18 years of age. On June 26th, I proudly watched Governor Patrick sign this reform.
Minimum Wage Reform

On June 26th, the Governor signed the Legislature's finalized plan to raise Massachusetts's minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2017 without indexing the wage to inflation. According to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, this increase would raise the wages of an estimated 605,000 workers, including over 40,000 workers in Essex County. To help minimum wage workers and their families on the North Shore, I supported this new law.

Also, the bill contains changes to the unemployment insurance system, which aim to reduce costs for business owners. According to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, nearly all employers in the Commonwealth will see unemployment insurance cost savings in 2015, with a projected average savings between 15 to 25 percent.
Senior CharlieCards in Salem

On June 20th, my office hosted a third senior CharlieCard workshop, at the Salem Council on Aging. One hundred seniors applied for a discounted CharlieCard without having to travel to Boston. The CharlieCards will be mailed directly to those who applied in the coming weeks. Thank you to the staff and volunteers at the Council on Aging for helping to make this program a great success!
North Shore Chamber of Commerce Legislative Panel
On June 4th I joined my colleagues Senator Bruce Tarr, Senator Thomas McGee and Senator Jason Lewis at a legislative panel hosted by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. The panel discussed tax policy, the use of non-compete agreements, and took questions from local business owners.
Tour of Danvers' Smith Elementary School

On June 24th, I toured the Smith School in Danvers along with Representative Ted Speliotis, Town Manager Wayne Marquis, Superintendent Lisa Dana, and officials from the Massachusetts School Building Authority. I plan to work with local and state officials to ensure that the school's rebuilding is a top priority.
Howley Street Bridge Project
On June 26th my office attended a Department of Transportation public meeting at Peabody City Hall regarding the upcoming Howley Street bridge project. If you have any concerns as this project gets underway, please feel free to contact my office at (617) 722-1410.
Upcoming Events
July District Hours:
Beverly City Hall, July 7th, 9:00AM-10:00AM
Danvers Town Hall, July 11th, 9:00AM-10:00AM
Peabody City Hall, July 18th, 9:00AM-10:00AM
Salem City Hall, July 25th, 9:00AM-10:00AM
Topsfield Town Library, July 25th, 12:00PM-1:00PM

Please call (617) 722-1410 to schedule an appointment with my office.
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