Saturday, February 23, 2013
The Circuit Breaker tax credit is open to eligible taxpayers age 65 and older.
Newton Sen. Cindy Creem will join fellow legislators next week for an informational seminar on the Senior Circuit Breaker tax credit. The seminar will be held at the Wellesley Council on Aging (219 Washington St., Wellesley) on Monday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. Creem will be joined by Sen. Richard J. Ross (R-Wrentham), Rep. Alice H. Peisch (D-Wellesley) and Brian Lynch of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. “State law gives eligible senior citizens who own or rent an opportunity to receive a tax credit,” Creem said in a press release announcing the event. “It is important for seniors to become aware of programs designed to assist them financially.” The Senior Circuit Breaker is open to seniors (65 and older) whose property payments …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Creem will head up the Senate's Post-Audit and Oversight Committee.
State Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton) has been appointed to head up the Senate Post-Audit and Oversight Committee for the current legislative session. “I am looking forward to this new opportunity to examine how well legislation is being implemented, to provide oversight of governance where needed, to investigate potential failings, and to explore where improvements are possible,” Creem said in a press release issued earlier this week. The Post-Audit Committee looks into state expenditures, customer protection issues and other areas that could provide added value to state and local government as well as Massachusetts residents, the press release said. Creem has served as co-chair of the Joint Committees on Criminal Justice, Revenue, …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Newton's Rep. Kay Khan, Rep. Ruth Balser and Sen. Cindy Creem react to Governor Patrick's $34.8 billion fiscal 2014 budget proposal, which includes significant changes to taxes.
With a deteriorating transportation system and a need for more investment in education, Newton legislators said last week Governor Deval Patrick's fiscal 2014 budget and new tax proposals are the beginning of a long, but necessary, discussion in Massachusetts. "[Patrick] has started an important conversation," Newton Rep. Ruth Balser told Newton Patch last week. Last week, Patrick unveiled his $34.8 billion fiscal 2014 budget, which included a comprehensive package and tax proposal aimed at investing in the state's infrastructure and education. The proposal asks for an increase in the income tax from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent coupled with a reduction in the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent. It also doubles personal …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Included as an amendment to a bigger jobs bill, the update would expand the bottle redemption law to include plastic bottles used for water and juice.
House and Senate leaders started debating Wednesday whether to include an expanded bottle deposit amendment in a bill designed to spur job creation. The bill was passed in the Senate Thursday and is now being hashed out in a conference committee comprised of member of both chambers. Gov. Deval Patrick has said that he supports it. But the House has fought passage of an expanded bottle bill, which Speaker Robert DeLeo and others in the House view as a tax. But Sen. Robert Hedlund disputes this view, saying that taxes can't be redeemed. The expansion to the 31-year-old law designed to promote recycling and reduce litter would add plastic bottles used for water, juices, iced tea and sports drinks to the list of containers subject to the 5-…
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Creem has proposed an amendment that would ban bottled water unless it is added to the current bottle bill.
Updated 5 p.m. - According to Sen. Cindy Creem's Twitter feed, her bottled water amendment was defeated today during budget debates in the State Senate: @cindycreem: While my amendment didn't pass, I feel I made my point that bottled water MUST be included in the bottle deposit law. #maleg#bottlebill Posted earlier: Could the state soon follow in the footsteps of Concord's bottled water ban? According to a report on WBZ NewsRadio (CBS Boston), Senator Cindy Creem (D-Newton) has proposed an amendment that would ban the sale of water bottles statewide if bottled water is not added to the state's bottle bill. Currently, the bottle bill only allows residents to return containers for malt beverages, carbonated soft drinks and mineral water. …
Monday, January 9, 2012
Newton's Cindy Creem and Brookline Selectwoman Jesse Mermell both announced today that they are not planning to run for the Fourth Congressional District seat.
Less than a week after Joseph Kennedy III announced he will look at a run for the Fourth District, two local pols are saying that they will not run for the seat currently held by Barney Frank. Sen. Cindy Creem (D-Newton) told Patch today she does not intend to run for the Fourth District seat, which will be vacated at the end of 2012 when Barney Frank officially retires. "I can do much more and accomplish much more here than if I go to Washington," Creem said today. In addition, Creem said the information she's received about the political "climate" in Washington D.C. has deterred her from running for Congress; here in Massachusetts, she is able to work with politicians "on both sides of the aisle." "Every issue is not a partisan issue …
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
State legislators met with local Newton residents Tuesday night to discuss key issues on Beacon Hill.
As the fiscal year deadline approaches, local legislators Tuesday night remained open and optimistic about completing a fiscal 2012 budget and achieving new legislation in the coming year. State Senator Cindy Creem as well as State Representatives Kay Khan and Ruth Balser met with a group of local constituents at the Newton Senior Center last night to provide an update about key issues on Beacon Hill. But before the Newton Democrats could get to the issues, each noted that the state budget has not yet been passed. With the fiscal year ending tomorrow, June 30, the legislators said they are busy working on a budget that will pass through both the House and the Senate successfully. Khan said that it has been an extremely “austere and …
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The local state representatives and senator will look for community feedback.
If you're wondering what the latest word is from Beacon Hill, stop by the Newton Senior Center tonight to receive an update from your local legislators. State Sen. Cindy Creem along with State Representatives Kay Khan, Ruth Balser and John Lawn will be at the senior center tonight to provide information on the latest activity from Boston. Locals are encouraged to come by the meeting and provide their feedback or questions. The event, which begins a 7 p.m., is being put on by the Newton Democratic City Committee.