Press Releases

Senator Ross Announces Workforce Training Grants

October 18th, 2017

Boston – State Senator Richard Ross is pleased to announce grant funds for the Workforce Training Fund Program have been awarded to many local businesses for FY 2017. Three small businesses in the Senator’s district are receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Baker-Polito Administration’s program for the purpose of training employees and adding jobs to their workforce.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy,“ said Senator Ross. “As a business owner myself, I understand the growing pains employers goes through. It is a priority of mine to advocate for the needs of our employers, so I am pleased to announce this funding to support them. Thank you to the Baker administrations Department of Labor and Workforce Development.”

The following businesses are receiving Workforce Training grants:

  1. Capstan Atlantic in Wrentham was awarded $136,450 to train 252 workers and anticipate adding 10 additional jobs by 2019.
  2. Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. in Needham was awarded $243,600 to train 70 workers and anticipate adding 10 additional jobs by 2019.
  3. MAS Building & Bridge, Inc. in Norfolk was awarded $116,830 to train 38 workers and anticipate adding 10 additional jobs by 2019.

The program is a powerful tool to create new jobs, increase skills and opportunities for workers, and maintain the economic strength and viability of the Commonwealth’s businesses. The Workforce Training Fund helps companies improve productivity and competitiveness by providing resources to invest in the Massachusetts workforce.

For more information on State Grants or any other issue, please contact Senator Ross at (617) 722-1555 or Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.

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Ross Backs Legislation to Protect State’s Critical Species – Stands up for Local Farmers and Beekeepers

October 12th, 2017 

Boston – State Senator Richard Ross (R, Wrentham) has announced his co-sponsorship of legislation to protect the critical role of pollination.  This past week, the state’s Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture held a hearing, during which committee members heard testimony on four bills – H.2113, S.2164, H.457, and S.451 – which aim to protect and promote Massachusetts pollinators and pollinator plants.

Ross, who has been a leader on conservation issues, points out that across the United States, scientists have tried to explain why the number of honeybees and orange and black monarch butterflies – two of the most important pollinators – has declined so rapidly in recent years.  This alarming revelation is attributed to several factors, including parasites, pathogens, pesticides, and immunodeficiencies.  In order to reverse this alarming trend, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has developed this legislation that would protect these pollinating species, as well as beekeepers and farmers.

If passed, these bills (H.2113, S.2164, H457, and S.451) would:

  • Limit the use of certain pesticides (that are harmful to bees) to licensed professionals;
  • Create a task force to implement the planting of flowering species for pollinators;
  • Promote pollinator habitats

Failure to pass this legislation would negatively impact beekeepers and farmers, who rely on pollination for the success of their crops.

Senator Ross describes the various ways in which pollinating species, like bees and butterflies, are important to the sustainment of our food system. Ross cautioned that avoiding this issue will have significant consequences. “It’s foolish not to recognize the value of bees and butterflies in our food system, as honeybees pollinate about one-third of all the food we eat in America. We could say, ‘no bees, no food’.”

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 Unveils Solar Farm to Power Local Community – Provides Energy for Residents

October 10th, 2017 

 Boston– Senator Richard J. Ross attended the ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the activation of a major solar project capable of powering thousands of local homes. The solar farm, built on a reclaimed Plainville landfill site, is expected to significantly reduce carbon emissions while providing affordable clean power to the community.

“Reinvesting in Plainville, generation after generation, is imperative to uphold the town’s strength and growth as a community. I am pleased to see the reclamation of landfill sites in my district for the purpose of renewable energy for the local community,” Said Senator Richard J. Ross. “Republic Services and Soltage Solar are leading the way in environmental leadership and responsibility. They, along with myself, are committed to investing in our community, creating local jobs and affordably powering our homes.”

Senator Ross was joined by market vice president of Republic Services Nick Stegkovich and CEO of Soltage Jesse Grossman, The solar energy project is constructed on three former landfill sites. The solar field is expected to produce enough electricity to power 1,900 local households in the Plainville area. Comprised of 41,000 solar panels, the solar farms are also expected to reduce carbon emissions by thousands of tons. By installing solar infrastructure on landfills, Soltage and Republic Services provide low-cost power to local communities and support the surrounding economy.

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