Friedman testifies in support of $15 minimum wage Press Release

“Anyone in the Commonwealth who works full-time should be able to earn enough to support themselves and their families. Plain and simple,” said Sen. Friedman in her testimony to the Committee. “Although the Legislature has made progress towards this end by increasing the minimum wage, in several steps, to $11 per hour, too many low-wage families still struggle to get by.”

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Sen. Cindy Friedman, leading the effort to raise the $15 min. wage in the Senate, testifies alongside Rep. Dan Donohue, the lead sponsor of the bill on the House side, and Senators Pat Jehlen, Walter Timilty, and Jamie Eldridge. Also in attendance were several House co-sponsors.

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Friedman testifies in support of a Restoration Center pilot program to better serve individuals experiencing a mental health crisis Press Release

“We need to move individuals out of our jails cells and emergency rooms and into appropriate treatment,” said Senator Friedman, “And one of the most effective ways to do this is to help our police and those with mental illness avoid arrest in the first place.”

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Program could halt ‘revolving door’ of jail facing those with mental illness Newburyport News

BOSTON – Looking for an exit from the “revolving door” of people with mental health disorders going back and forth from emergency rooms to the streets or jail, advocates asked lawmakers on Tuesday to help create a “restoration center” in Middlesex County.

The center would be a facility that provides treatment, including detox and beds, and offers police a place to bring those suffering from mental illness, according to June Binney, director of criminal justice diversion for the National Alliance on Mental Illness Massachusetts.

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Friedman announces new website, office hours in the 4th Middlesex Press Release

BOSTON- Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) announced the creation of her official Senate website (www.cindyfriedman.org) and began holding monthly office hours this week in the 4th Middlesex district.

“I’m very excited that our website is up and running,” Friedman said. “To promote transparency and to keep you up-to-date on important news from the State House and our community, I or my team will frequently post updates on the front page of our website and send out a quarterly newsletter to those who have subscribed to our email list. Additionally, I will post regularly to Facebook and Twitter.”

In expressing her excitement about the start of office hours, Friedman said: “One of the most effective ways to ensure your voice is heard is to meet face-to-face with your senator or representative. I look forward to holding office hours in the 4th Middlesex each month. This is a great way for me to get a sense of what is most important to my constituents in the district.”

Friedman continued, “If you are unable to attend office hours, I encourage you to contact my office by phone at (617) 722-1432 or by email at Cindy.Friedman@masenate.gov and I or my staff will get back to you in a timely manner. We are here to help you and your voice truly makes a difference. I look forward to hearing from you!”

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Senator Friedman Lauds $320,000 Grant for New Affordable Housing Units in Arlington Press Release

“I am thrilled that our community has been awarded this grant to help increase the availability of affordable housing in Arlington,” said Senator Cindy Friedman. “As we know, there is a real need right now in our state for greater housing options for middle- and low-income families. This grant, combined with federal funding and generous local support through Community Preservation Act funds, will help us to do that in Arlington and will greatly benefit families in our community.”

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Senate Passes Charlottesville Resolution, Friedman Attends Boston Peace Rally Press Release

Image may contain: 5 people, people standing, shoes and outdoorIn offering her comments on the resolution, State Senator Cindy Friedman said: “I’m proud to have co-sponsored the Charlottesville Resolution which was unanimously passed as a joint resolution by the Senate and House last week. This is an important statement that we made to the individuals who chose hate and violence instead of peace and acceptance in Virginia.”

Friedman went on, “These are difficult times that call for all of us to assert the core value that this country was founded on – that we are all created equal and should be treated as such. We need to stand up to anyone who would deny that to someone because they are not of a certain color, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.”

Friedman also joined constituents and residents from across the Commonwealth at the Boston peace rally on Saturday where nearly 40,000 people marched from the Reggie Lewis Center to the Boston Common to condemn white supremacy and unite in solidarity with Charlottesville.

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