Page 18 THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, June 7, 2019 Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen THE HOUSE AND SENATE. Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ votes on two roll calls from the week of May 27-May 31. There were no roll calls in the Senate last week. $200 MILLION IN CHAPTER 90 FUNDING FOR LOCAL ROADS (H 69) House 156-0, gave final approval to and sent to the Senate a bill authorizing $200 million in one-time funding for the maintenance and repair of local roads and bridges in cities and towns across the state. The package is a bond bill under which the funding would be borrowed by the state through the sale of bonds. Only final approval by the Senate is needed prior to the bill going to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk. Other provisions include $200 million for rail improvements and $1.5 billion in bonding to allow for federal interstate repairs to advance. According to officials, 80 percent of the $1.5 billion would be reimbursed by the federal government. Supporters said the $200 million would help cities and towns keep their roads and bridges safe and allow many vital municipal road projects to move forward. No one voted against the bill but there are some legislators and city and town officials who say the same old $200 million that has been given since fiscal 2012 is insufficient. For several years, the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) has been seeking to increase the amount to $300 million. Advocates say that cities and towns maintain and repair 90 percent of the roadways in the Bay State. They note that because of revenue caps imposed by Proposition 2 1/2, cities and towns are very dependent on state funding to keep roads and bridges from crumbling. “Chapter 90 was set at $200 million in fiscal year 2012, and eight years later remains at that same level,” said MMA Executive Director Geoff Beckwith. “Because of inflation, this means that communities are experiencing a real, after-inflation reduction of $50 million a year. The MMA’s longterm goal is to work with the governor and Legislature on a shared strategy to increase Chapter 90 funding above current levels, so that cities and towns can improve the quality of our roadways and save local tax dollars.” Transportation House chairman Bill Straus (D-Mattapoisett) said the current $200 million is sufficient when combined with other state programs that help cities’ and towns’ infrastructure including $50 million for small bridge repair. “The towns and cities throughout the commonwealth will again receive this timely assistance for care of their local roads,” said Straus. “Through good and bad economic times, the Legislature has consistently provided this important aid to the communities.” (A “Yes” vote is for the bill.) Rep. Paul Donato Rep. Steven Ultrino Yes Yes $41.1 MILLION SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET (H 3819) House 152-0, approved and sent to the Senate a $41.1 million fiscal year 2019 supplemental spending plan to cover expenses and to fund various state programs and agencies that are running out of money. Provisions include $3.6 million for early education and care; $2.1 million for a state workers’ compensation program; $140,000 for the state’s military division including the National Guard; $14.2 million for the state to pay certain court judgments, settlements and legal fees; extending for another year the law that allows betting on simulcast races; creation of a task force to ensure proper evidence storage in court cases; and funding for a number of collective bargaining agreements. Supporters say the package is a reasonable and fiscally responsible one. House budget chief Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (D-Boston) did not respond to repeated requests from Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on the budget. (A “Yes” vote is for the bill.) Rep. Paul Donato Rep. Steven Ultrino Yes Yes HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK'S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature's job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been filed. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late-night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session. During the week of May 27-31, the House met for a total of five hours and three minutes while the Senate met for a total of three hours and 23 minutes. Mon. May 27 No House session Wed. May 29 House 11:08 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Fri. May 31 No House session No Senate session Tues. May 28 House 11:02 a.m. to 11:21 a.m. Senate 11:03 a.m. to 11:17 a.m. No Senate session Thurs. May 30 House 11:01 a.m. to 12:08 p.m. Senate 11:19 a.m. to 2:28 p.m. No Senate session Bob Katzenwelcomes feedback at bob@beaconhillrollcall.com HELP WANTED ALL AROUND•PART-TIME Handyman 2 or 3 Days a Week $20 per hour Ideal for retired person ~NO HEAVY LIFTING~ 617-549-7475 ~ LEGAL NOTICE ~ City of Malden Public Works Commission PUBLIC HEARING WATER & SEWER RATES There will be a Public Hearing conducted by the Public Works Commission on Tuesday, June 18th , 2019, at 5:00 p.m. at the Malden Senior Center Cafeteria, 7 Washington Street, Malden, MA., regarding FY 20 Water and Sewer Rates. Karen M. Bourque Clerk to Public Works Commission June 7 & June 14, 2019 ~ LEGAL NOTICE ~ COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS THE TRIAL COURT PROBATE AND FAMILY COURT Middlesex Divison 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI19P2672EA Estate of: Richard Muollo Date of Death: August 25, 2018 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Prudence A. Muollo of Malden, MA a Will has been admitted to informal probate. Prudence A. Muollo of Malden, MA has been infomally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Representative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any can be obtained from the Petitioner. June 7, 2019 FINANCE | FROM PAGE 1 he did say that the Early Learning Center is now at capacity. “The Early Learning Center is a harbinger of what’s to come. We have more younger families with expectations of services,” he said. Ward 5 Councillor Barbara Murphy asked about incorporating programs for gifted students in schools throughout the district, which is embracing the neighborhood school model. Oteri said that rather than specific programs, the current plan is to adjust curriculum to meet the needs and provide challenges for students at all levels. Ward 7 Councillor Neal Anderson asked about efforts to diversify the district’s teaching and administrative staff. Oteri said that roughly 70 percent of the 6,700 students in Malden schools are students of color while close to 90 percent of the teachers in Malden are white. “We acknowledge that we need to get better at teacher diversification,” said Oteri, adding that the district is hoping to develop goals to that end. He added that Malden is at a disadvantage in attracting new teachers because the city is surrounded by communities, such as Somerville and Cambridge, which offer higher salaries for educators. OBITUARIES | FROM PAGE 17 with others. Pauline was always there for anyone in need. First and foremost, Pauline was a wonderful wife of 70 years to her late husband Joe and a loving mother to her daughter Pat and her husband Mark. At the request of her family, services are private. Memorial donations in Pauline’s name may be made to Folds of Honor, an organization that supports the families of fallen military heroes. www. foldsofhonor.org. Arnaldo "Aldo" Mancini Of Malden, passed away peacefully on May 27, 2019. Loving son of the late Giuseppe Mancini and Franca Mancini. Survived by former wife and good friend, Cynthia Mancini. Loving father of Zachary and Matthew Mancini. Beloved brother of Raffaele Mancini and his wife Maria, Serafina Cipollone and her husband Benito, Anna Maria Tilocca and her husband Antioco of Italy, and Lucilla Mancini and her life partner Al Spector. He is also survived by two loving aunts, and many nephews, nieces, and cousins. Aldo graduated from Malden High in 1984. He attended Suffolk University and obtained his teaching certificate. He was a dedicated teacher, teaching both on OBITUARIES | SEE PAGE 19

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