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Hello Friends,

Welcome to my State Senate website! Here you will find legislative and local updates, important state resources, and information on the ways that my office may be able to assist you. It is a true honor to represent the residents of the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex district in the Massachusetts Senate. I encourage you to keep me informed of the issues that are most important to you, and to sign up for my newsletter to receive periodic updates from my Senate office.

 

Sincerely,

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Richard J. Ross

State Senator

Senator Ross to Kick off Commonwealth Conversations MetroWest Listening Tour

Senators continue statewide tour to reach out to the people of MetroWest

February 23, 2014

Boston – On Monday, March 2nd, Senator Richard Ross will continue a statewide tour of Senate districts, visiting businesses, universities and local organizations to listen to the concerns of the residents of MetroWest. Senator Ross will be joined by Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst), Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), Senators Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton), Mike Barrett (D-Lexington), Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell) as well as other senators from across Massachusetts.

The tour will begin at the Plainridge Park Casino to discuss issues impacting economic development in the region, followed by a stop at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory to discuss collaboration between academia and the private sector in military research and development.

Senators will then visit the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) to discuss youth and public safety issues and continue with a tour of the zero net energy building at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters, joined by Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. Senators will tour the planetarium at the Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University and discuss STEM education issues.

The MetroWest tour will conclude with an open public forum at the Newton North High School cafeteria from 7:00-8:30 pm. All members of the public are encouraged to attend. Sign-up sheets will be available for individuals who wish to testify, and speaking slots are available for two minutes per individual to accommodate all testifiers.

“The Commonwealth Conversations Tour is an exciting opportunity for the Senate to engage in a meaningful discourse with our constituents, local officials, and business leaders on the issues they care about,” said Senator Ross.  “I am looking forward to touring the MetroWest region with my colleagues and hearing directly from Massachusetts residents about what they would like the legislature to focus on during this session and how we can better serve them.”

About Commonwealth Conversations

The Commonwealth Conversations Tour is a statewide tour of Senate districts led by the local senators to reach out to local residents, businesses and interests groups to listen directly to their needs and concerns with the hope that it will foster more civic engagement, while helping each senator learn more about issues outside of their own districts.

Each member of the Senate has committed to attending at least two of these sessions outside of their own region that is not an adjoining district to their own. The tour dates run from February 4th through March 11th.  All members of the public are encouraged to participate. To read more about this effort, visit the website at https://malegislature.gov/cc and follow on Twitter at @Ma_Senate. 

Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.

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Ross & Colleagues File Major MBTA Reform Package

Bill Creates Finance Control Board and Other Tools

February 18, 2015

Boston- In response to weeks of repeated performance failures by the MBTA and partner Keolis Commuter Services, Senator Richard Ross and the Senate Republican Caucus filed legislation today that will provide several tools for the beleaguered public transportation system aimed to financially stabilize the MBTA and restore public confidence in the system.

The bipartisan measure authored by the caucus would create a fiscal recovery trust fund, require the Secretary of Administration and Finance to identify funds to assist the MBTA, and would create a new seven member MBTA finance control board that could ultimately be dissolved in favor of a receiver that would take over the board’s responsibilities as a last resort if sufficient progress hadn’t been made.

“The people of Massachusetts have dealt with the impact of delays, cancellations, and limited service for weeks now and it is unacceptable,” said Senator Ross. “This legislation would take much needed action to resolve a clear mismanagement of funds and direction within the MBTA and provide our constituents with a public transportation system they can depend on.”

The responsibilities of the MBTA finance control board/receiver include:

  • Securing financial and performance stability of the MBTA;
  • Implementing fiscal controls;
  • Implementing uniform budget and planning guidelines and procedures for all departments;
  • Levying fines on vendors who fail to maintain on-time rates, vehicle cleanliness, fare collections, station maintenance, and staff training;
  • Executing capital budgets and borrowing authorizations to finance or refinance any debt;
  • Maintaining authority to appoint, remove, supervise, and control all MBTA employees and personnel matters;
  • Developing a long range plan for MBTA financial and structural sustainability; and
  • Requiring the filing of a quarterly report to the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means detailing how any expended loan funds were used in the past quarter.

Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.

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MBTA Gripped In Cold War, Battling Crippling Snowstorms

THE SUN CHRONICLE
Jim Hand
February 18, 2015

The general manager of the MBTA said Tuesday that fighting to restore full transit service after a series of crippling snowstorms is like a war, and her agency is battling to take back every station and every rail line.

Beverly Scott said in a news conference that she knows people are frustrated, but everything possible is being done to get the system back to full service.

Machines and people are being used to clear tracks of snow, private buses have been hired to make up for a shutdown of the Red Line, and everyone – from the governor to MBTA employees – is working to fix the problems, she said.

She also held out the possibility that commuters with monthly passes could be reimbursed, but said the financial implications of refunds has to be studied first.

“All of this has to be factored into what the financial situation is,” she said.

But her comments, and a remark Monday that it could take 30 days for the system to fully recover from the storms, did not ease the concerns of local legislators who said the days of lost and reduced service is unacceptable.

“What an epic failure,” said state Sen. James Timilty, D-Walpole.

“For everything to come unhinged at once, I have to think, is unprecedented. I don’t remember it ever being this bad.”

Timilty said he has been complaining for eight years that the MBTA spends too much money and attention on expansion, and not enough on improving the service and equipment it already has.

“This demonstrates the monumental ineptitude of the agency,” he said.

State Sen. Richard Ross, R-Wrentham, said the storms are exposing problems with MBTA equipment and maintenance that should have been addressed long ago.

“Think of all the people who depend on the MBTA on a daily basis,” he said, adding that many people cannot get to work or school without it.

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