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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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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Friedman speaks out against Charlottesville rally, condemns bigotry

Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) issued the following statement in response to the Charlottesville free speech rally that occurred this past weekend:

“I was saddened and disappointed to learn of the hatred, violence, and loss of an innocent life in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.

This does not represent who we are as a nation. I always have and always will stand tall with those who condemn hate and bigotry and will fight to defeat divisiveness in our communities.

I look forward to joining the Arlington community tomorrow night to stand in solidarity with Charlottesville and encourage all to attend the many gatherings and vigils that are happening across our state this week.

When we band together and unite for a common purpose, we can resist and overcome those who choose to persecute others in our society. There’s more of us than them.”

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Friedman co-sponsors single-payer, safe communities legislation Press Release

In her first week in office, newly-elected state Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) officially signed her name onto two pieces of legislation in regards to health care reform and immigration policy.

“I’m proud to co-sponsor the ‘Medicare for All’ bill, which would establish a single-payer health care system in Massachusetts. With the enactment of this bill, we can lower costs and ensure that everyone in our state has access to quality, affordable health care,” Friedman explained.

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Senator-Elect Friedman Sworn in to Massachusetts Senate, Assigned Senate Chair of Public Service Committee Press Release

Image may contain: one or more people and people standingBOSTON—Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) was sworn-in to the Senate today during an official ceremony in the Senate Chamber at the State House. Friedman worked as chief of staff for nine years to the late Senator Ken Donnelly, who previously held the seat until he passed away from brain cancer in April. Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) presided over the ceremony, during which Friedman took the oath of office.

Friedman will serve as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Service, and as a member of the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery and the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.

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Senate Passes Bill to Expand Language Opportunities for Students Press Release

“This bill would eliminate the current ‘one-size fits-all’ mandate that has been in place for years, and instead, allow parents and school districts to choose the most effective English Language learning programs to fit the individual needs of their students,” said Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington). “It is important that we recognize the value of bilingualism and continue to look for more ways to adapt to the changing needs of our students so that they are well-prepared for college and the workplace. I applaud my colleagues for their leadership on this issue.”

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Senate Passes Legislation on Property Tax Abatements Press Release

“I was proud to take my first vote as state Senator to decrease the tax burden on those in our society who are most in need – particularly military personnel, the disabled community, and our seniors,” said Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington). “I’m grateful for my colleagues’ effort on this legislation as we continue to work toward improving the overall quality of life for our constituents.”

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