Page 4 THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, July 10, 2020 Donato announces House passage of $1B+ supplemental budget Provides key stimulus funding to address budgetary shortfalls and assist individuals, families and businesses hardest hit by COVID-19 S tate Representative Paul Donato, as the Second Assistant Majority Leader, has guided the Massachusetts House of Representatives through unparalleled times during the COVID-19 health crisis. The House has responded by continuing to advance vital health, economic and family stimulus measures through the legislative process. On June 24, the House unanimously passed a supplemental budget to address pressing economic shortfalls that continue during the ongoing pandemic. The Senate amended the bill and it awaits final approval by Governor Charlie Baker. “These unsettled times demand swift relief measures on the part of state government and I am pleased my colleagues and I were able to expeditiously advance this vital funding appropriation forward,” said Donato. “These resources will serve to scaffold and support beleatory,” said State Representative Steven Ultrino. He lauded Donato’s “knowledge of the rules and his ability to work with all members during these trying times.” State Representative Sean Paul Donato State Representative guered individuals, families, and small businesses as they continue to weather this ongoing public health crisis.” Donato, who represents Medford and Malden in the 35th House Middlesex District, has regularly chaired most formal and informal sessions, but with an unprecedented health crisis, we’re in “uncharted terriLawrence A. 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Leader Donato is up there on the rostrum time and time again, making sure that we pass legislation that’s going to help get the Commonwealth and her people through this pandemic together.” Donato highlighted funds specifically earmarked for Medford and Malden that he worked to include in the recent legislation passed by the House: • Allocates $450,000 in funds for Medford’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and remote learning infrastructure • Directs $75,000 for additional school nursing staff for Malden • Designates $25,000 for language translation services for Malden • Provides $25,000 for materials in Malden Public Schools affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic “Your government will continue to meet the challenge of COVID-19 head on; and I will always work collaboratively, with all stakeholders, to serve the people of Medford and Malden to the very best of my ability. Together, we will get through this, I have no doubt of that,” said Donato. The Coronavirus Count Malden has 29th highest rating in state for COVID-19 O ver the past week, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malden increased from 1,237 to 1,250 cases – a 1.1 percent increase, according to the latest weekly city/town cases available Wednesday. Malden has the 29th highest rate for Coronavirus in the state, with an average of 1,844.92 cases per 100,000. Of the Malden residents tested over the last 14 days through Wednesday, 3.11 percent tested positive for COVID-19, according to the latest state report. That is higher than the state positivity average of 2.25 percent over the same period. People can compare the number of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Malden to those in neighboring cities and towns as well as communities of similar size by going to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) website at https://www.mass. gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting. Click on COVID-19 cases by city/town. Chelsea (7,845.56 per 100,000), Brockton (4,329.85 per 100,000) and Lawrence (4,126.98 per 100,000) have the highest rates in the state for people testing positive for COVID-19. Here’s how nine other area communities compare to Malden: Lynn: 3,666 cases, 3,633.18 ROOSEVELT | FROM PAGE 1 with no input from the school community and the neighborhood,” they wrote in their letter. “Both of these stakeholders are in opposition of this project. The children who spoke out were ignored. The parents of these children who spoke out were ignored. The neighbors who spoke out were ignored. Their voices were dismissed and excluded. This moment in our modern history is a turning point for people of color, please join us in hearing them when they say, they want to be included in community decisions for their neighborhood and school communities.” Members of the Friends and the Salemwood Community also called on Malden to embrace environmental justice, or the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin or income, with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies. The per 100,000 (fifth highest in state). Revere: 1,808 cases, 2,968.01 per 100,000 (sixth highest in state). Everett: 1,770 cases, 3,646.75 per 100,000 (fourth highest in state). Malden: 1,250 cases, 1,844.92 per 100,000 (29th highest in state). Peabody: 1,001 cases, 1,795.01 per 100,000. Saugus: 557 cases, 1,959.52 per 100,000 (22nd highest in state). Wakefield: 316 cases, 1,170.16 per 100,000. Melrose: 247 cases, 854.02 per 100,000. Reading: 300 cases, 1,091.55 per 100,000. Lynnfield: 98 cases, 841.27 per 100,000. Statewide totals: 104,961 cases, 1,506.59 per 100,000. (Data compiled by DPH and made public as of July 8, 2020 count and rate [per 100,000] of confirmed COVID-10 cases in Massachusetts by city/ town, January 1, 2020–July 8, 2020.) On its website, the DPH noted that the rate specifying the number of cases per 100,000 “provides a standardized way to compare the burden of disease in cities and towns regardless of the size of their population.” The DPH stressed “these are reported cases only.” letter explains that environmental justice requires that all people receive the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and that all people have access to the decision-making process for a healthy environment. Members of the Friends and the Salemwood Community have submitted studies and information about the health risks and hazards of artificial turf to city officials and the Community Preservation Committee, which approved the park renovations. They have also said planning meetings for the park were held without adequate notification to stakeholders. “This project does not seem to represent UniteMalden or environmental justice for people of color in our community,” wrote members of the Friends and the Salemwood Community. “UniteMalden needs to begin first by uniting the voices of diversity speaking out against a project that is going to affect the quality of life of school children and a neighborhood,” they added.

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