Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Representative Jones’ Statement on Governor Baker’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Proposal

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) issued the following statement today regarding Governor Charlie Baker’s release of his $45.6 billion Fiscal Year 2022 state budget proposal:

“Governor Baker’s proposed Fiscal Year 2022 state budget charts a fiscally responsible course for the Commonwealth as we continue to navigate the many public health and economic challenges posed by COVID-19. 

This budget sends a strong message that the Baker-Polito Administration remains committed to prioritizing local aid and maintaining strong state-municipal partnerships. The budget offers nearly $5.5 billion in Chapter 70 education aid and close to $1.2 billion in Unrestricted General Government Aid to support the delivery of essential municipal services to all residents. I am particularly pleased by the Governor’s decision to fully fund the first phase of the 2019 Student Opportunity Act. It is critically important that we begin to close the achievement gaps that exist between school districts to ensure that every student in Massachusetts has access to a quality education, regardless of where they live.

Governor Baker’s budget comes at a critical time during the pandemic, when many families and small businesses are still struggling financially. While I agree with the Governor’s State of the Commonwealth remarks that ‘better days are coming,’ we must be mindful of the many challenges that still lie ahead, and do everything we can to deliver the programs and services that our residents and employers need to weather this unprecedented public health crisis.

The Governor’s proposed budget offers a strong starting point for the House and Senate to begin their budget deliberations. I look forward to working with my colleagues and with the Administration in the weeks ahead to develop a spending plan that will help position the Commonwealth for a robust post-pandemic economic recovery.”

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Boston Globe Names Rep. Kelly Pease One of "Five New Lawmakers to Watch on Beacon Hill"

One of the House Republican Caucus' newest members, State Representative Kelly Pease (R-Westfield), was featured in today's Boston Globe, which named him one of "five new lawmakers to watch on Beacon Hill." The Globe article highlights Pease's diverse resume, which includes experience working as a child actor, volunteer firefighter, Chester selectman, 20-year Army veteran, and legislative aide to former Senator Donald Humason. You can read the full story by clicking here

Monday, January 18, 2021

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.” – the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Today, the House Republican Caucus honors the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who dedicated himself to advocating for equal rights and justice for all Americans through non-violent means. We must continue to work together to fulfill his dream so that all people can “live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Monday, January 11, 2021

Representative Brad Jones Re-Elected as House Minority Leader for 2021-2022 Session


Representative Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) has been unanimously re-elected by his Republican colleagues to serve as Minority Leader of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

The vote to select Jones as Minority Leader took place on January 6, the first day of the 2021-2022 legislative session. He will lead a 30-member House caucus comprised of 28 returning members and two freshman legislators who were elected in November of 2020: Kelly Pease of Westfield, who claimed the seat vacated by Democrat John Velis when he ran for state Senate, and Steven Xiarhos of West Barnstable, who won the seat formerly held by Republican Randy Hunt of Sandwich, who decided not to run for re-election.

“Having the support of both the new and returning House Republican Caucus members means a lot to me,” said Jones. “I appreciate my colleagues’ vote of confidence and I thank them for giving me the opportunity to continue to lead the caucus over the next two years.”

In his inaugural remarks, Jones cited the many challenges created by the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, which necessitated swearing in most legislators remotely this year, rather than in-person in the House Chamber. He expressed a desire to work with new House Speaker Ronald Mariano (D-Quincy) to “find common ground in the year ahead to ensure that the critical needs of the residents of the Commonwealth are addressed.”

“I commend and applaud my colleagues for their leadership and strength shown during these unprecedented times,” he said. “The citizens of our districts have needed us more now than ever before to help them navigate these challenges. We have been forced to spend far less time on Beacon Hill and have had the opportunity to be available locally to lend support, encouragement and even sympathy. Sadly, we have all lost valued members of our districts and the sadness each community has had to endure is unimaginable.”

Jones struck an optimistic note in his remarks, predicting that “the House of Representatives is up to the many challenges that we face,” while adding that he is “confident that we as a Commonwealth will find the strength to continue moving forward and that a brighter future is ahead.”

A lifelong North Reading resident, Jones was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1994. Jones continues to maintain a perfect voting record. He has never missed a roll call and has now cast 7,549 consecutive votes as a member of the House.

Monday, December 7, 2020

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day


It was 79 years ago today that the US naval base at Pearl Harbor came under surprise attack, resulting in more than 2,000 Americans killed and more than 1,000 wounded. Proclaimed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as "a date which will live in infamy", the events of December 7, 1941 precipitated America's entry into World War II.

A joint resolution approved by Congress in 1994 officially designated December 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Today, we continue to remember and honor those who lost their lives in service to our nation on that fateful Sunday morning nearly eight decades ago. We also want to thank the men and women who are currently serving in our military and helping to protect the many freedoms we all enjoy.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


The Capitol View wishes you and your loved ones a very safe and happy Thanksgiving! As we navigate through the many challenges posed by the COVID-19 global pandemic, we are thankful for the many frontline workers who continue to care for and comfort those who have been hospitalized with the coronavirus. We are also thankful for the men and women who are serving in our nation's armed forces, and ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers this holiday.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

VETERANS DAY 2020


 U.S. Army General Colin Powell once said, “The celebration of Veterans Day is a vivid reminder of the price which has been paid for the liberty we enjoy. It is also an appropriate time to reflect on the burden we all share in ensuring our children, and their children, enjoy that same liberty.”

 Our veterans and their families truly understand the enormous cost of our freedoms. More than one million Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation, including more than 37,000 fallen soldiers who called Massachusetts home.
 
On Veterans Day, the Capitol View joins with Americans everywhere to salute the many brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, both past and present, including those who are currently on active duty. Their willingness to serve and to place themselves in harm’s way is the reason we continue to enjoy so many freedoms and personal liberties. We thank our veterans for their service to our country, and we will continue to honor their bravery and legacy.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Nineteen Years Later, We Still Remember ... And We Will Never Forget

 

“One of the worst days in America’s history saw some of the bravest acts in Americans’ history. We’ll always honor the heroes of 9/11. And here at this hallowed place, we pledge that we will never forget their sacrifice.” – President George W. Bush, speaking at the dedication of the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial on September 11, 2008.
 
Nineteen years have passed since the September 11 terrorist attacks, which claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans, including more than 400 firefighters, police officers and EMTs who were simply doing their jobs by rushing headfirst into a dangerous situation to help others. On this somber anniversary, the House Republican Caucus joins with Americans everywhere to remember and honor those who lost their lives, as well as the loved ones they left behind. We will always remember September 11, 2001, and we will never forget the countless acts of heroism that took place that day.  

Saturday, July 4, 2020

HAPPY 244th BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!



“I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these states. Yet through all the gloom I see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth all the means.” – July 3, 1776 letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams

On July 4, 1776 – 244 years ago today – the original 13 colonies officially declared their independence from the British monarchy and established the United States of America.  The Massachusetts House Republican Caucus joins with Americans everywhere today in celebrating our nation’s Independence Day. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Monday, May 25, 2020

MEMORIAL DAY 2020: Freedom Is Not Free


FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze;
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform,
So young, so tall, so proud;
With hair cut square and eyes alert,
He’d stand out in any crowd.

I thought… how many men like him
Had fallen through the years?
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers’ tears?

How many pilots’ planes shot down
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves
No, Freedom is not Free.

I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still;
I listened to the bugler play,
And felt a sudden chill;

I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant “Amen”
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend;

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea,
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No. Freedom is not Free!

©Copyright 1981 by Kelly Strong

This poem offers a sobering reminder of the true cost of freedom. Throughout our nation’s history, men and women from all walks of life have answered the call to serve, and many have made the ultimate sacrifice for their fellow citizens. As we observe Memorial Day, the members of the House Republican Caucus join with Americans everywhere in saluting our fallen soldiers and the loved ones they left behind. Their service and sacrifices will never be forgotten.