State Representative Dave Rogers

Updates


Welfare Reform Debate in the House

After a summer and fall of preparation, the House passed a welfare reform bill. I have written in greater detail about the bill and the debate in the Citizen Herald, Advocate, and Chronicle. The final bill addresses concerns about fraud and abuse in the system as well as providing an additional $6 million for employment services to help recipients of benefits transition to work. Debate on this topic was open, and I believe my and my colleague’s strong advocacy on behalf of some of the most vulnerable members of our society helped to yield a far better bill than the one initially on the floor.
 

Minimum Wage Passes Senate, Will Be On Ballot

As many of you may know, the Senate took action to raise the minimum wage in the Commonwealth. The legislation passed in the Senate would raise the minimum wage to $11/hr by 2016, and at that time would tie it to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). I am supportive of this measure. Raising the minimum wage is one significant step we can take to bring about greater economic justice in Massachusetts in a time of significant income inequality. Leadership in the House has indicated that while it is willing to support an increase in the minimum wage, doing so will be accompanied by reforms in unemployment insurance. Although I have not seen the specific proposals on unemployment insurance reform, I may be willing to consider making some reforms if that is what will be necessary to pass the bill. That said, it is too soon to say without seeing the details. In case the House does not bring a bill to the floor, I joined with activists across Massachusetts in gathering signatures to put the issue on the ballot. Assuming the measure makes it to the ballot in 2014, voters will have an opportunity to support raising the minimum wage to $10.50/hr and indexing it to the Consumer Price Index (a generally accepted broad measure of inflation). 
 

Election Law Reform Passes the House

The House passed an election law reform bill in November, taking two steps towards encouraging increased voter participation. The legislation sets up early voting in presidential years and online voter registration.  Given my belief that maintenance of a healthy democracy is reliant on robust voter turnout, I was glad to support legislation to increase participation. Turnout is particularly low among young voters who are likely to continue the voting habits they form now for the rest of their lives. Hopefully this pair of measures will boost voter turnout. The Senate will take up the issue in the coming year.
 

Support Katherine Clark!

Katherine Clark for CongressDecember 10th is Election Day! You can read my endorsement of Democratic Nominee State Senator Katherine Clark in the Arlinton Advocate, Belmont Citizen-Herald, or Cambridge Chronicle. Senator Clark will make an outstanding Member of Congress who will advocate skillfully for the interests of both the Massachusetts 5th Congressional District and good national policy generally. If you would like to know more about Senator Clark and her campaign, feel free to visit her website and find out. I urge one and all to turn out and vote for our next Congresswoman!

Dave's new website

My Website

If you are yet to do so, please feel free to visit my new website! While the website is not yet in its final form, I wanted to be sure to get it running sooner rather than later so that constituents have one more way to get in touch with me. I welcome any feedback you might have on how I can improve the site.
 

Watch the Rogers Report!

In the latest episode of The Rogers Report, I interview State Representative Steve Walsh, who chairs the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.  I sit on the committee, and have benefited greatly from Chairman Walsh’s expertise.  Watch the show for a lively discussion of life on Beacon Hill and the latest thinking on state health care policy. 

 

Community Events

Gifts of Hope Telethon

Watch the Gifts of Hope Telethon and support the Belmont Food Pantry!  Each year the Belmont Media Center and the Belmont Citizen-Herald team up in hosting the telethon to raise food and money, and for the second year running I will host an hour (this year with Belmont Selectman Ralph Jones).  Be sure to find out about opportunities to volunteer!  The telethon will run from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, December 5th.  You can watch on Comcast channels 8, 9, and 96, or Verizon channels 28,29, 30, or come visit the telethon at the Belmont Media Center.

Katherine Clark in Arlington

On Saturday, December 7th at 12:15 pm Senator Clark will be meeting voters at the Arlington Diner (134 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA  02474). Come meet and express your support for your next Congresswoman!

Cambridge City Democratic Committee

Join the Cambridge City Democratic Committee at their annual holiday party! The party will be at Cambridge Co-Housing (175 Richdale Avenue) on Friday, December 13th from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. All are welcome, so long as they bring their favorite dish to share!

November Office Hours

Tuesday, December 10th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Kickstand Cafe in Arlington (594 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA  02476)

Saturday, December 14th  from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Singa Bella Cafe  in North Cambridge (2401 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA  02140).

Saturday, December 14th from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.at the Sweet Peach Diner  in Belmont (628 Trapelo Road, Belmont, MA  02478).

Arlington First Lights Festival

Come celebrate the holiday season in Arlington at the First Lights Festival!  Starting at noon, trolleys will give free rides to shoppers up and down Mass Ave, starting at the Russell Municipal Parking Lot and stopping at the many participating businesses. At 4:30, the First Light Tree will be lit and caroling will commence. To find out more, visit the Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s First Lights Information Page. The celebration will be on Saturday December 7th.

I want to wish each of you a happy holiday season!
 

Contact Me


I welcome your input and hope to hear from you on issues of mutual concern. Email: rep.dave.rogers@gmail.com. State House office phone: 617-722-2400. Personal cell phone: 617-817-9395.
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