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This week at rotary...

State Senator
This week at Rotary was our first session of the Legislative Luncheon Series with the Salem Chamber of Commerce. The speaker this week was our dear friend, as well as a former Rotarian, State Senator Joan Lovely. She gave us an update on what’s happening at the State House, and what she expects to be on the agenda for 2023.
Joan explained her role as Assistant Majority Leader, which allows her to work with the leadership team on important budgetary items. She is also the chair of the Senate Committee on Rules, the second most powerful committee in the Senate. 
Joan Lovely is on several committees. For example, she is on the Transportation Committee, which helps fund various forms of transportation while also getting money to cities and towns for use repairing and maintaining roads. She is on the Global Warming and Climate Change, which is obviously important to Salem with the off-shore wind project in the works. She noted that work for this project will be done by boat not by trucks, which will ease congestion in the city. There is also a massive push to electrify the rail in Massachusetts. She is on the Ethics Committee as well as the Committee on Agriculture (see "The More You Know" below)
She went on to describe some of her legislative accomplishments, of which there were many. One of her bills sought to expand access to adoption, specifically coming out of the Pandemic. For example, this law will make it easier for an individual to adopt a sibling. Others focused on women's history and black history. One bill increased access to abortion for women seeking one, even from out of state. Another bill allowed students, especially students with special needs, who do not pass the MCAS to have the college experience. Salem State has been a pioneered this effort for a while now. She described two climate bills, one setting goals for the Commonwealth to get to a net zero for emissions and another funding for increased access to solar, wind, and other clean energies. Funding for off shore wind was passed with more on the way. A veteran's bill was also passed expanding access to health care. Yet another bill sought to restrict access to carry firearms. 
This year, she has submitted several bills. One focused on child abuse rehabilitation by removing several limitations on timetables for treatment. She is working with the senior community to address elderly concerns when people are entered into guardianships. Some bills focus on housing shortages for people in need of affordable housing. She submitted a bill looking to get cleaner drinking water in schools, especially water with lead in it. Yet another bill would create a permanent National Guard museum in Salem.
The governor released her budget recently, including $510M for education and $490M for transportation. the budget is then sent off to both houses to make alterations and a conference committee resolves any differences by July 1, and the budget by law must be balanced.  Senator Lovely noted that the governor has really stepped up when it comes to assisting with childcare, which especially impacts women in the post-pandemic world. There is also some very strong investment in higher education, specifically for those that want to attend college but cannot afford it. There is a focus on housing and homelessness with a new committee being created. Additional money has been set aside to address climate change. In regards to tax proposals, tax credits could be increased as well as changes to taxation for items sold in the Commonwealth like hard cider. One major project is the Sumner Tunnel, which will be closed for two weeks over the summer instead of the initial proposal of six months.   
The More You Know:
Senator Lovely has several pet animals, including chickens and ducks. Sounds like a delicious property! Joan also says she anticipates rejoining Rotary when she has Tuesdays available. 

Rinus Oosthoek did a fantastic job promoting Rotary to members of the Chamber of Commerce, highlighting many of our most prominent events. Great job, Rinus! 
Mark Shaw presumably locking down his next tee time in sunny Florida.
Senator Lovely speaking at this week's Legislative Luncheon. 
We had an absolutely packed house for this week's speaker!
Rinus Oosthoek was clearly wearing is Chamber of Commerce hat when he played a role in the insulting felling of the Rotary flag. Here we see the deed in progress. 


You can now pay for your 50/50 Raffle tickets and Happy Dollars with your credit card. There will be a nominal fee for raffle tickets. Thanks to Doc for getting us one of those cool Toast devices!

VisIting Rotarians & Guests

The Salem Chamber of Commerce visited us today as usual as well as this week's speaker. 

CAlendar winner!

Peter sold by Bill Keilbasa

50:50 Raffle

Pot was $185

Players: Two Chamber folks

No winner this week!

We are looking for the Jack of Spades, clearly named in honor of A/V Jack, the newest employee of the Hawthorne Hotel. 



No news this week!

Club Announcements and events

March 21
Salem Rotary Meeting Time
The DEI and Membership Committee will be leading a discussion on additional options for membership, such as a community service membership. Be sure to attend so your voice is heard!
March 28 5:30-7:30
Real Pirates of Salem Museum
We will be having a meet and greet at the Real Pirates of Salem Museum. This will be the next evening meeting of the Salem Rotary. Snacks will be served. 
Spring Into Action
May 11
Hawthorne Hotel
Stay tuned. We will have much more for you in the coming weeks! SAVE THE DATE!
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March 1
William Kielbasa
March 6
Robert Anthony
March 17
Upcoming Speakers
Mar 07, 2023
State Senator Joan Lovely - Legislative Luncheon Series with the Salem Chamber #1
Mar 14, 2023
Better Business Bureau
Mar 28, 2023 5:00 PM
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Hawthorne Hotel
18 Washington Square
Salem, MA 01970
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