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Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:56 PM

Senator Rush Votes for Comprehensive Welfare Legislation

BOSTON – On Thursday June 20, the Senate passed legislation that makes necessary improvements to the welfare system, closing loopholes and implementing the tools and resources needed to help recipients reach economic independence, Senator Mike Rush
(D-West Roxbury) announced.

“I am pleased that the Massachusetts Senate has passed a comprehensive piece of welfare reform legislation focused on the issue of EBT fraud,” said State Senator Mike
Rush (D-Norfolk & Suffolk District). “I look forward to working with my House colleagues to send to the Governor a piece of legislation that will bring integrity back to a system and
where assistance to our most vulnerable is kept in place.”

Under this legislation, applicants are required to search for a job before they receive cash assistance, replacing the current regulations that provide recipients with a 60-day window after they start receiving benefits before they are required to look for a job. This bill also creates a job diversion program through DTA and the Commonwealth Corporation to connect able-bodied individuals with full-time jobs before they start receiving benefits.  Please click on this link for additional information.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:03 PM

Senator Rush Partcipates in Dedham's Flag Day Parade

Every year Dedham Residents gather to watch Dedham’s Flag Day Parade. Senator Rush was pleased to join Congressman Lynch, Representative McMurtry and the entire town of Dedham, as they celebrated their 46th Annual Flag Day Parade on Friday June 14. The residents of Dedham were showing their pride, patriotism and love of country, it was a great way to kick off summer weekends!


Wednesday, June 19, 2013 3:27 PM

Senator Rush Congratulates SPC Mackie


On June 3, 13 Massachusetts Army and Air National Guard service members received military commendations for their service during the Boston Marathon. The Massachusetts National Guard responded to the Boston Marathon attacks with nearly 1,300 Soldiers and Airmen. More than 12 Massachusetts Guard units and their Headquarters deployed in the Marathon attack response.

Senator Rush had the opportunity to congratulate a
constituent of West Roxbury, SPC Mackie. Thank you all for your continued service.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013 11:40 AM

Senator Rush Recognized by the DAV

Senator Rush was recently named a "Hero Among us 2013" recipient. This award is presented annually by the Disabled American Veterans of Massachusetts. This year's award recipients were three individuals who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan with
distinction and honor


Monday, April 29, 2013 4:01 PM

Rush and McMurtry Participate in Student Government Day

Senator Mike Rush, and Representative Paul McMurtry, recently welcomed students from Dedham and Westwood High School into the State House for Student Government Day. Students from around the Commonwealth were selected to represent their high school as elected officials for the 66th annual Student Government Day at the State House.

In 1947, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted a program called Student Government Day (originally Good Government Day) This is an informative program provides high school students with an opportunity to get a hands on perspective on the legislative process and what it’s like to be an elected official.


Monday, April 29, 2013 2:24 PM

Team Rush Provides Water Station

Team Rush provided water to runners at Sunday's James Joyce Ramble. This historic 10k Road Race attracts runners from across the commonwealth. The James Joyce Ramble was established in 1984 by a Dedham  runner and James Joyce fan Martin Casimir Hanley.


Monday, April 29, 2013 12:48 PM

Senator Rush Participates in Vietnam Veteran's Day Events

In Commemoration of Vietnam Veteran's Day Senator Rush participated in recognition events.  He attended a recognition breakfast with veterans. Hearing inspiring stories from POWs including Lt Col. Swindle, USMC. Lt. Swindle shared his experience as a POW. Lt Swindle earned two silver stars and a POW in Hanoi Hilton, for six and half years. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the POWs.


Saturday, April 13, 2013 9:41 AM

Senator Rush Shows Support to The Gold Star Wives Organization

     Senator Rush joined Secretary Nee and members of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs, to show support for the Gold Star Wives, on April 5 proclaimed as Gold Star Wives day.
     Gold Star Wives of America, incorporated as an organization of widows and widowers whose spouses died while on active duty in the military services or as the result of a military service connected cause. The organization is made up of four chapters including the Greater Boston Chapter, the Patriot Chapter based in Chicopee, the Lowell Chapter and the New Bedford Chapter.


Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:53 PM

Senator Rush Host's Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit

   Senator Rush had the opportunity to host an informational seminar on the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit with Representative McMurtry. The seminar was held at the Endicott Estate, for Dedham and Westwood seniors. With a presentation provided by Brian Lynch of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.

The Senior Circuit Breaker is a tax credit for senior citizens whose property payments ex...ceed 10% of their annual income. Eligible seniors will receive a dollar credit on their Massachusetts tax return for every dollar that their total property tax, water and sewer bills exceed 10% of their income. A maximum $1000 credit is available. Additionally, if the taxpayer hasn’t claimed the tax credit in the past, (s) he may claim it for the previous three years.

To be eligible, taxpayers, 65 years or older, must own or rent their residence in Massachusetts and have an annual income of: $53,000 or less for a single filer; $67,000 or less for a head of household; and $80,000 or less for joint filers. If a taxpayer’s property is assessed at $705,000 or more, (s) he is not eligible for the tax credit. For additional information please contact my State House office at 617-722-1348.


Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:39 PM

Westwood Receives Green Communities Designation

    The Department of Energy Resources presented the town of Westwood with Green Communities designation and $138,875 grant to fund clean energy projects. The town is now one of the 110 Green Communities across the commonwealth.


Friday, March 1, 2013 2:31 PM

Senator Rush Announces St. Patrick’s Day Events

    In observance of Irish-American Heritage month Senator Rush will celebrate accordingly, by hosting St. Patrick's Day events in the Norfolk and Suffolk District. Please consider joining the friends of Mike Rush. For dates and times please click here.


Friday, March 1, 2013 1:37 PM

Senator Rush Recognizes Iwo Jima Veterans at the State House

Senator Rush Recognized Iwo Jima Veterans at the State Houseon February 22. According to the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Section
12 AA requires that the Governor shall annually proclaim February 19th as "Iwo Jima Day" and encourage the public to observe it accordingly.
For the past 13 years, The Marine Corps League has conducted an Iwo Jima Day observance to honor our state's Iwo Jima Veterans. In addition to the ceremony,
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Coleman Nee was presented with the “Semper Fidelis Public Servant Award” and Jim Hastings was presented with the
"Gung Ho Community Service Award."


Monday, February 25, 2013 11:40 AM

Senator Rush comments on Catholic Cemetery Association

Senator Rush and Representative Coppinger are working together to stand up for local workers and were recently interviewed by the I-Team. To view this interview please click on the link provided below.

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/02/19/i-team-boston-cemetery-workers-forced-to-take-drastic-pay-cuts/

 


Friday, February 15, 2013 11:52 AM

Senator Rush Welcomes Veterans

Senator Rush participated in the opening exercises at the Massachusetts Medical Technology training program at UMASS Boston. The Massachusetts Medical Technology program is an excellent employment training program for Veterans in need. A group of Unemployed or underemployed veterans seeking work in the medical technology industry are given the opportunity to take part in one day training. This training will provide veterans the skills necessary to land a career with MedTech company.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013 9:25 AM

Senator Rush Congratulates Norwood Fire Chief

On Monday February 11, Senator Rush was pleased to join Norwood Firefighters and town officials at a swearing-in ceremony for newly appointed Fire Chief, Tony Greeley at Norwood Town Hall. Congratulations Chief Greeley!


Tuesday, February 5, 2013 4:22 PM

Senator Rush Reappointed Chair of Veterans Committee

Senator Rush was recently re-appointed by Senate President Therese Murray to serve as Chairman of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs for the
2013-2014 Legislative Session. Senator Rush served as the Committee Chairman last session, during which he authoredthe nationally recognized “VALOR Act” that provided increased support forveteran owned businesses, Gold Star families, military children, and higher education access in the Commonwealth. President Murray also appointed Rush as Vice-Chairman of the Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Committee and as a member of the powerful Senate Committee on Ways and Means. Senator Rush will also serve on the committees on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, Labor and
Workforce Development, and Transportation.


Monday, January 28, 2013 4:21 PM

Division 1 State Champions at the State House

Senator Rush Recognizes Division I State Champion Needham Boys Soccer Team at the State House. Along with Representative Denise Garlick and Senator Ross, Senator Rush, the team was given a tour of the State House and  acknowledged in the House Chamber, by the House or Representatives


Monday, January 28, 2013 4:04 PM

Senator Rush Announces Student Awareness of Fire Education Grant

Senator Rush is pleased to announce that Norwood, Needham and Westwood have been awarded grant funding through the Student Awareness of Fire Education for the 2013 Fiscal Year. The funding will be used to implement fire saftety education programs in the Norwood, Needham and Westwood Public Schools.


Friday, January 25, 2013 3:51 PM

Senator Rush attends MassBio Leadership Breakfast

Senator Rush joined colleagues at an informative MassBio Leadership Breakfast on Wednesday morning. Senator Rush had the opportunity to listen as an expert panel discussed the important factors which should be considered when crafting sound public policy around biosimilars. MassBio named Senate President Therese Murray as Legislator of the Year Award at Wednesday event.


Friday, January 18, 2013 12:18 PM

Senator Rush Recognizes Dedham Public School's

Senator Rush Joined the Dedham Education Foundation in announcing its grant recipients for the 2012-2013 school year on Friday January 11. Teachers were recognized for their contributions to the Dedham Public Schools. The Dedham Education Foundation was awarded $18,162 in grants this year.


Friday, January 18, 2013 11:43 AM

Senator Rush Attends MVSOA Luncheon at the State House

Senator Rush was honored to join colleagues in the Legislature and the Massachusetts Veterans Service Officers at an annual Luncheon sponsored by Speaker DeLeo. Massachusetts Veterans Service Officers assist veterans and their families in numerous ways. From obtaining military documents or providing financial assistance. VSO's are available in every city or town in the Commonwealth.


Friday, January 18, 2013 11:39 AM

Senator Rush Sworn-In for 2nd Term

On January 2, 2013, Senator Rush was Sworn-in by Governor Patrick for his 2nd term as Massachusetts State Senator proudly serving the people of the Norfolk and Suffolk District. Thank you for your continued support.


Friday, January 18, 2013 11:18 AM

Senator Rush Attends POW/MIA Chair Dedication

Senator Rush joined Joe D’Entremont (president of Massachusetts chapter of Rolling Thunder), at a recent Selectmen meeting, for the dedication of the POW MIA chair. Joe D’Entremont brought this idea to Massachusetts from a racetrack in Tennessee. The POW MIA chair is a symbolic way to remember 92,000 American service members who since World War I have gone missing in action or were prisoners of war and never made it home. Joe hopes to dedicate an empty seat at establishments throughout Massachusetts


Friday, January 4, 2013 2:31 PM

Senator Rush Returns from Iraq


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