“It is disgusting and abhorrent that an out-of-state governor has decided to engage in what is tantamount to a form of human trafficking for pure political games.” — Senate President Karen Spilka
Though polling of potential general election match-ups has been scarce, Healey is clearly the favorite as the general election gets started. A June poll had Healey beating Diehl by 31 points and a July survey showed Healey leading Diehl by 31 points.
When the new law takes effect in July of 2023, immigrants without legal status will be eligible for standard state driver’s licenses if they show documents proving their identity, date of birth and residency in Massachusetts.
New Bedford will benefit greatly from the legislation, with “increased high-paying jobs and workforce training initiatives; a procurement process that prioritizes economic development and diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a commitment to protect the fishing industry and coastal environment.” said state Rep. Antonio F.D. Cabral
The bill would change how the state procures electricity, create new tax credits and incentives for offshore wind companies, impose new environmental and fishing-related requirements on offshore wind projects, encourage modernizing the electrical grid, and jumpstart training programs for offshore wind jobs.
“We had a tremendous advantage, and it is beginning to slip. We’re hoping to create an industry and we just had two companies bid … That’s why we’re doing this, we want that universe to get bigger.” — House Speaker Ron Mariano
Mayor Mitchell has proposed spending $18 million on arts, culture and hospitality; $13 million for neighborhood stabilization and housing; $11 million for enhancement to open space; and significant sums on other investments.
Proponents say the measure ensures all drivers in Massachusetts are licensed and trained to operate motor vehicles while opponents argue it allows undocumented people to more easily live in the state illegally.
“The fishing industry supports strong action on climate change, but not at the expense of the ocean, its inhabitants, and sustainable domestic seafood,” said Annie Hawkins, executive director of the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance.
“It’s important for everybody to understand that vaccines and boosters are in fact doing exactly what they were supposed to do, and they are our best defense.”