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Richard J. Ross

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Small Business Spotlight: Homestead Hard Cider, Attleboro

January 29, 2015

Small Business Spotlight: Homestead Hard Cider, Attleboro

With Eric MacDonald, Jeremy Quaglia, and Kyle Schmitt of Homestead Hard Cider.

With Eric MacDonald, Jeremy Quaglia, and Kyle Schmitt of Homestead Hard Cider.

Homestead Hard Cider opened their doors just one year ago, but an added provision to the FY15 budget had the potential to severely impact the future of this up-and-coming small business.

Friends since childhood, Jeremy Quaglia, Kyle Schmitt, and Eric MacDonald were born and raised in Attleboro and worked very hard to build Homestead Hard Cider from the ground up. Production for them officially began on January 1, 2014 and since then business has been booming.

However, throughout the FY15 budget process, lawmakers inadvertently eliminated the ability for small farm-wineries and cider makers to sell directly to stores and restaurants as of January 1, 2015. The provision would have forced Homestead to either sell directly to people’s homes or through a licensed wholesale distributor. Both options would have severely crippled their small business, despite the great first year they had seen.

To protect their business, Jeremy, Kyle, and Eric took action. They contacted their local legislators, including my office, and the support was overwhelming. They called officials on Beacon Hill constantly to ensure that legislation passed to correct this mistake, and it did.

I enjoyed touring the Homestead facility and learning about the careful craftsmanship it takes to produce and bottle cider. Homestead’s secret to their success stems from their dedication; dedication to the cider making process, dedication to local Massachusetts orchards for ingredients, and their dedication to their superb small business. It is clear that these three hardworking young men have a strong, successful future ahead of them.

For more information on Homestead Cider please visit

If you would like your business to be a part of the Small Business Spotlight or would like to nominate a small business, email Senator Ross at

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Tarr Bill Requires Legislative Approval Of Olympics Bid

Andy Metzger
January 26, 2015

STATE HOUSE — As Olympics backers seek to win over public opinion, legislation filed by Senate Republicans would require the House and Senate to approve a bid for the games before any state dollars are expended on them.

Boston 2024, the non-profit seeking to bring the summer games to the area in a decade, claims the endeavor would be privately financed, though federal dollars could go toward security and taxpayer money would be spent on infrastructure upgrades that would benefit the games.

“My guess is that money’s going to have to be spent somewhere,” said Sen. Bruce Tarr, a Gloucester Republican.

A bill Tarr filed with Wrentham Sen. Richard Ross would require at least one public hearing on the Olympic bid to be conducted by the House and Senate Ways and Means committees. Tarr’s bill would require the Legislature to pass a special act approving of the Olympic bid before Bay State dollars could be spent on anything associated with the games.

Tarr, who said it is “appropriate for the Legislature to consider the proposal,” told the News Service he told Gov. Charlie Baker about his bill and has not yet broached the idea with leadership in the House and Senate.

To read the entire article, please click here.

Ross Appointed to Committees; Accepts New Senate Leadership Post

January 26, 2015

Boston – Senator Richard J. Ross has been appointed to serve as an Assistant Senate Minority Leader for the 2015-2016 legislative session.

On Wednesday, January 21st the Senate adopted new Senate rules changes to expand minority party committee participation and floor leadership. The Senate Committee on Ethics and Rules was also subsequently split into two separate committees. Senator Ross now serves as the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Ethics.

“I am honored to accept this appointment as Assistant Minority Leader in addition to my appointment to several crucial committees,” said Senator Ross. “I look forward to getting to work and fighting for my constituents across the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex District.”

Senator Ross was appointed to the Joint Committee on Public Health and will continue serving on the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, as well as the Joint Committees on Higher Education, Judiciary, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and Public Safety and Homeland Security.

Since being elected to the Senate in 2010, Senator Ross has previously served as the Ranking Republican of the Ways and Means Committee, Minority Whip, and Assistant Minority Whip.

Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or