Feb. 23rd, 2017

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The MA ACLU has posted a page with upcoming State Senate town halls here:
https://aclum.org/events/commonwealth-conversations-town-halls-organized-massachusetts-state-senate/

Most of the details aren't known at this point, so the page will be updated as info comes available.

Generally our state Senate reflects the liberal and progressive nature of the population, but it is still important that we make our support known for state-level protections of rights, for state action to welcome immigrants and refugees, and for creating a better climate for businesses and families here.

Off the top of my head:
- We need the state legislature to allocate resources to help towns and cities deal with opiod and prescription-drug abuse
- We need state money to help families that don't have access to quality childcare and early-education programs
- We need strong state policies & laws affirming protection for children (and adults) of all genders
- the MA attorney general has joined other states in taking legal action against some of the egregious Presidential Executive Orders. The AG needs strong support from the legislators to continue this action.

The commonwealth, like many states, is required to operate with a balanced budget and these things all are going to cost money. We should be clear to our state legislators to what degree we're willing to put our money where our mouths are and whether we'd pay higher taxes or fees in order to get the priorities we want funded, or whether we'd trade off funding other things.

There's been a lot of good stuff written in the past couple months about how it's not sane to be activist about every bit of horror emanating from Washington. My priorities probably don't line up exactly with yours, nor with other voters. Likewise I'm betting the Lege is going to have a hard time setting priorities and I expect to hear how they think things ought to be lined up.

Of course, if all of these meetings end up being at 11AM or 3PM (like every single action I wanted to do this week, grr) I may not be able to make it. But I plan to try.

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