On Friday, December 28, 2018, Maura Sullivan, The Arc of Massachusetts Director of Government Affairs and Director of Operation House Call, appeared on WBZ TV38 to discuss The Arc’s participation in the Prudential Center, Boston’s 10th Annual 31 Nights of Light. The Prudential Tower will be lit up “The Arc Orange” on Saturday, December 29 at 5:00PM.
Late in the informal session, the Committee on Public Counsel Services (CPCS) threw doubt on the due process components of Nicky’s Law. CPCS presented their concerns to leadership at the House of Representatives. The Arc worked swiftly with the Disability Law Center to formulate and share our response.
Today, it became clear that Nicky’s law, Senate 2606 would not pass the House of Representatives during the informal session. Bill sponsors informed The Arc that some legislators would oppose the bill on the floor given concerns generated regarding protections for employees by the Committee on Public Counsel Services (CPCS). It takes only one legislator to stop a bill during the informal session period which began in August.
As we approach the end of the calendar year, many people are reviewing their investment portfolios and making decisions about selling, buying, and rebalancing. You may want to consider contributing the stock to The Arc of Massachusetts. Your gift of appreciated stocks or securities will not only support The Arc’s mission, but it may also provide you with significant tax benefits. For example, by gifting stock you can avoid paying capital gains taxes on the appreciated value and may be able to take a tax deduction on the fair market value.