Posted in September 2008

Reach Out and Read: Improving Childhood Literacy

CAMBRIDGE – Windsor Street Health Center, 119 Windsor St. #1 mapCambridge Chronicle blog post: “Rep. Toomey reads to children at Windsor Street Health Center”Reach Out and Read official website Reach Out and Read (ROR) is a fantastic national children’s literacy program that focuses on young at-risk children who so often enter school unprepared to learn. … Continue reading »

2007-2008 Formal Legislative Session Update

At the end of July, the House and the Senate wrapped up the 2007-2008 formal session with a list of legislative accomplishments that will help to significantly improve our state‚Äôs economy, environment, health care system and aging infrastructure. The extent of our broad-reaching achievements in the legislature is in part thanks to our new Governor … Continue reading »

Local Bills

Cambridge: Public Salaries to Municipal Employees Serving Overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan:This landmark local Home Rule bill authorized the City of Cambridge to pay full salaries and benefits to municipal employees serving in theaters of combat overseas such as Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill also ensures that any such employee will not lose any seniority … Continue reading »

Statewide Bills

Bond Bills: Transportation Bond Bills:Both the three-year $3.5 billion bond bill to finance and increase efficiency in long term projects for the state such as the Green Line Extension through Cambridge and Somerville, and the $1.5 billion bond bill to fund projects on municipal transportation projects will serve to help Massachusetts to meet the increasing … Continue reading »

Bills that Require Further Attention

Although the 2007-2008 formal legislative session was extremely productive, some bills never made it to a full vote, and must remain priorities for the 2009-2010 session. Over the past two years we were able to address many of the pressing concerns of the citizens, families, businesses and municipalities of the Commonwealth, but several other crucial … Continue reading »

FY 2009 Local Aid for Cambridge and Somerville

In the Fiscal Year 2009 State Budget approved by the House and Senate and signed by the Governor, both Cambridge and Somerville saw increases in the amount of aid that they receive from the state. There are three types of assistance that cities and towns receive from the state: 1. Chapter 70 funding. The Chapter … Continue reading »

FY 2009 Budget Highlights

Helping to craft our state budget is one of the most important parts of my job. Every year, the legislators across Massachusetts hear from their constituents about important priorities for funding within the district. Citizens and advocacy groups are encouraged to call, write, or come visit the State House to make sure their Representative knows … Continue reading »

September Calendar

This monthly calendar represents only a small portion of the many interesting things happening in Cambridge and Somerville. If you would like to add another event, or a link to your own calendar of events, please email my office at toomeyblog@gmail.com. Other Local Calendars: September in CambridgeCity Calendar September in SomervilleCity CalendarThe Growing Center Green … Continue reading »