Budget Activity Now Moves to the Senate

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The MA House of Representatives concluded most of its budget work for the next fiscal year (FY’2017).  The budget process now moves to the Senate.  The Arc worked with ADDP and other partners to support legislators working on behalf of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism.  Key budget amendments were submitted to increase funds in the areas of employment, family supports, turning 22 initiatives and residential services. We …

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Insider’s View: Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives

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I represent the First Essex District in the Massachusetts Senate, which includes the seven communities of Amesbury, Haverhill, Merrimac, Methuen, Newburyport, North Andover and Salisbury. Before being elected to the State Senate, I served on the Newburyport City Council as a Councilor-At-Large from 2008 until 2012. Currently, I am the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses, Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Personnel …

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The Arc of Massachusetts Hosts Annual Meeting

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On Thursday, April 14, The Arc of Massachusetts held our Annual Meeting at the Verve-Crowne Plaza in Natick. The meeting featured guest speaker Mary Lou Sudders, Secretary of Health and Human Services, who spoke about her involvement with The Arc and The Arc’s important role in disability policy and implementation. The Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for The Arc to recognize members of the disability community who have had a …

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The House Ways and Means Budget Review and Action

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This week’s release of the House Ways and Means Budget reflected the Governor’s budget in many aspects.  Please take a minute to review our preliminary analysis. We need your voice and your story. Through collaborative advocacy we can focus on the best possible outcomes. Take Action