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Welcome to my newsletter. I hope that this will serve as an effective way to keep the residents and stakeholders of the Hampden District informed of the work being done in the Massachusetts Senate and across the Commonwealth.
If I can ever be of assistance to you or your family, please contact me at my district office.
The 2018 St. Patrick's Committee on West Springfield's Colleens came to visit the state house on May 30th. It was a fun day for every involved and along with myself and Representative Finn, we showcased a lot of West Side pride in Boston.

Legislative News

May was budget month for the Senate, which started with the Senate Committee on Ways and Means releasing its budget proposal and ended with a week long debate on over 1,100 proposed amendments. In the end, the Senate voted to approve a $41 billion budget.

Included in the budget was $88 Million to fully fund Regional Transit Authorities, including the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority. Too many people rely on the PVTA to allow rate hikes and service cuts. As a member of the budget writing Senate Committee on Ways and Means, I vocally supported fully funding RTAs in the run up to the Senate budget talks and was glad to see it included.
The Senate also adopted a group of my budget amendments, including.
  • A proposal to help ESL parents better communicate with teachers and remove language barriers that may affect a child’s education.
  • $500,000 to help Western Mass hospitals/community health centers cover the costs of providing services for evacuees from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
  • $30,000 for New North Citizen’s Council and their successful partnership with the C3 police model
  • $60,000 for Dispute Resolution Services
  • $50,000 for Square One in Springfield
  • $50,000 for the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England inWest Springfield
  • $20,000 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Services
  • $25,000 for AWAKE violence prevention
  • $50,000 for Talk Read Succeed
  • $20,000 for Revitalize CDC
  • $50,000 for Friends of West Springfield Park and recreation
  • $25,000 for FIT Body and Soul
  • $20,000 for the Springfield Central Cultural District
  • $75,000 for the Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services
  • $25,000 for the Stone Soul Community Festival
Finally, outside of the budget, the Senate passed my bill Senate Bill 208, A Resolve establishing a special legislative commission on young professionals. This bill will establish a commission to determine how best the Commonwealth can engage with young professionals to retain their talents in cities and towns throughout the state.
District News
For local aid, municipalities in the Hampden district were allocated the following funding in the Senate Budget:
Chicopee: $63,834,816 in Chapter 70 funding and $11,906,309 in unrestricted government aid
Springfield: $45,447,265 in Chapter 70 funding and $39,142,890 in unrestricted government aid
West Springfield: $28,069,021 in Chapter 70 funding and $3,705,722 in unrestricted government aid
• MGM Springfield is continuing its hiring spree and offering great careers for local residents. For more info about employment click here.
• I attended a community panel event discussing in Springfield single payer. My health care reform bill, the HEALTH Act, includes a provision to study the potential costs and feasibility of implementing a single payer system in Massachusetts.
Senator Welch speaking at the Single Payer Forum
Office Hours:
Chicopee Public Library
Located at 449 Front Street on Tuesdays from 10am - 12pm.
Office hours will be held on the 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th.

West Springfield Public Library
Located at 200 Park Street on Wednesdays from 1pm - 4pm.
Office hours will be held on the 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th.

West Springfield Senior Center
Located at 128 Park Street on Thursdays from 1pm - 3pm.
Office hours will be held on the 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th.
District Office: 32-34 Hampden St, Downtown Springfield 01103
Boston Office: State House, Room 413-B
Phone: (413) 737 7756
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm
I welcome your feedback and look forward to making this newsletter an important source of information for you and your families. Below you will find information on recent events in the district as well as updates on new legislation. You can also check out the latest news at
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