State Representative Dave Rogers



A good deal of this month's newsletter is dedicated to the MBTA. The recent woes of the T have captured the attention of just about everyone living in the Greater Boston Area. Put very briefly, years of underinvestment and a heavy debt burden have, even given 2013's transportation finance package, left the MBTA with over $3 billion in maintenance backlog and around $8 billion in debt and interest owed. I will be publishing an op ed in local papers and online outlets next week outlining the story and some of my thoughts. You can read it before publication on my website.

For those of you who want to dig deeper, there are a number of other resources that you may find interesting and/or helpful.

As you seek to use the MBTA in coming weeks you may wish to get up-to-the-minute updates about service:

MBTA on Twitter
MBTA's winter service updates

As you may recall, by far the largest debate of the 2013/2014 legislative session concerned transportation finance. I wrote a pair of op eds about the debate, one leading up to voting in the House and the other after the culmination of the debate. Since the passage of the transportation finance package in 2013, one portion has been reversed (a highly unpopular and misguided tech tax) and another diminished (voters chose to support a ballot question to de-index the gas tax in November 2014). Here are my pieces from the 2013 transportation finance debate:

February 2013
May 2013

There have been a number of in-depth reports about the MBTA's financial situation in recent years:

2009 - MBTA Review
2009 - Born Broke
2012 - Hub and Spoke Report by Northeastern
2013 - The Way Forward - A 21st Century Transportation Plan
2015 - Keeping on Track

Finally, there have been a number of articles written about the MBTA, including this piece from the Boston Globe, which does a good job outlining how the MBTA came to be so vulnerable as to grind to a literal halt this winter.

Making sure that the MBTA ends up on sound financial footing and provides function service to the Greater Boston Area paramount to the success of our city and its people in coming years and is remains a top priority of mine in the legislature.

Committee Assignments for the 2015/2016 Legislative Session

One of the primary ways in which legislators influence state policy on Beacon Hill is through their work as members of committees. During the 2013/2014 legislative session I sat on the Joint Committees on Housing, Health Care Financing, and Municipalities and Regional Government. I learned a considerable amount about each respective area of policy during that time. I have received my assignments for the 2015/2016 legislative session, and am pleased to have been selected for a leadership position as the Vice Chairman of the newly formed House Committee on Technology and Intergovernmental Affairs. I will also serve as a member of the Joint Committees on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Housing, and Municipalities and Regional Government. I look forward to learning about and making contributions in each of these areas of public policy.

My Legislation for the 2015/2016 Legislative Session

As I wrote in February's email newsletter, I have filed 26 bills for the 2015/2016 legislative session. I encourage you once again to  see a master list of the bills I have filed.

Bill Co-Sponsorship

In addition to filing legislation, I have co-sponsored a broad platform of progressive priorities to help move our Commonwealth forward. You can see which bills I co-sponsored on my member profile page on the Massachusetts Legislature website.

Community Events

TONIGHT: Cambridge Airplane Noise Meeting

Many of you are all too aware of new FAA-mandated flight patterns that funnel planes over a corridor that passes directly over a number of communities, including Cambridge and Belmont. There will be a community meeting held in Cambridge at the Lesley University Hall Amphitheater (1815 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138) on Tuesday, March 3rd Cambridge Representatives to the Logan Airport Community Advisory Committee will present an update on the actions being taken in response to the new flight patterns and resultant noise. I thank Representatives Marjorie Decker and Jon Hecht for organizing the meeting, which I will also attend along with staff members from the offices of State Senator Pat Jehlen and Congresswoman Katherine Clark. The meeting will be informational only and community members are encouraged to submit specific complaints to the Massachusetts Port Authority Noise Abatement Hotline by phone (617-561-3333) or online.

Grove Street Playground Master Plan Community Meeting

Belmont and the development company Activas Inc. have announced a pair of public meetings to discuss the creation of a Master Plan for the Grove Street Playground. The first meeting will be oriented around soliciting input from neighborhood residents and will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4th at the Board of Selectmen Room in Belmont Town Hall (455 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478).

Belmont Human Rights Commission to Discuss Public Accommodations and other Transgender Issues In Belmont

On Thursday, March 5th at 7:00 p.m. in Belmont Town Hall Room 1 (455 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478) the Belmont Human Rights Commission will be hosting a discussion of public accommodations and other transgender issues in Belmont. Lack of equal access to public accommodations is just one of a great many obstacles that face transgender people in our society, and this meeting will continue discussion about this important issue.

Arlington ECOFest 2015

This year's annual environmental celebration will focus on energy - how we make it, use it, measure it and conserve it - and will be held on Saturday, March 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Arlington Town Hall (730 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA 02476). Arlington ECOFest is free and open to the public.

A Path to Caring: Belmont's Volunteer and Non-Profit Fair

Inspired by "A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunities" by Nicolas Christof and Sheryl WuDunn, Belmont's Volunteer and Non-Profit Informational Fair will be held on Saturday, March 7th from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist (404 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478). Come hear about the outstanding work being done by so many organizations and to find out about opportunities to get involved with your passion.

Healthy Yards and Gardens Fair in Belmont

On Saturday, March 7th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Belmont Public Library Assembly Room (336 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478), Sustainable Belmont will host a Healthy Yards and Gardens Fair. The Fair will provide an opportunity to learn about safe, organic gardening practices from experienced gardeners and organizations and will be a great place to learn something new!

Second Grove Street Playground Master Plan Community Meeting

Belmont and the development company Activas Inc. will hold their second public meeting to discuss the creation of a Master Plan for the Grove Street Playground. The will focus on youth organizations representing soccer, baseball and other sports. It will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 9th at the Board of Selectmen Room in Belmont Town Hall (455 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478).

Contact Me

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

March Office Hours

I will hold office hours at the following times and places during March. I encourage any and all to stop by and speak with me about any concerns or to offer any input you might have.

Saturday, March 21st from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Verna's Donut Shop in North Cambridge (2344 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140)

Saturday, March 21st from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Bruegger’s Bagels in Belmont (41 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA 02478).

Tuesday, March 24th from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Kickstand Cafe in Arlington (594 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476)

You can also always contact me at any time in my office at 617 722 2400 or at

Belmont Precinct Meetings on the FY2016 Budget, Financial Task Force Report and the Proposed Override

The Belmont Board of Selectmen and Financial Task Force will be holding a pair of "precinct meetings" for Town Meeting Members and interested residents on the fiscal year 2016 town budget, the Financial Task Force report, and the proposed Proposition 2 1/2 override. The first meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12th at the Beech Street Center (266 Beech Street Belmont, MA 02478). The second meeting will also be held at the Beech Street Center and will be at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30th.

A Road Map Towards Justice: How to End Mass Incarceration in Massachusetts

On Saturday, March 14th at 1:00 p.m. at First Parish Unitarian Unilateralist of Arlington (630 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476), I will be speaking at "A Road Map Towards Justice: How to End Mass Incarceration in Massachusetts," an event that will be hosted by the Mass Incarceration Working Group of First Parish Arlington. Also speaking will be Representative Sean Garballey and legal counsel from Senator Ken Donnelly's office, among others. The event promises to be an informative look into the work going on in Massachusetts to achieve major criminal justice reform.

Belmont League of Women Voters Candidates' Night

At Chenery Middle School (95 Washington St, Belmont, MA 02478) on Thursday, March 26th at 7:00 p.m. the Belmont League of Women Voters will host Candidates' Night. Voters will have the opportunity to meet candidates for town offices from town meeting member to selectmen.

Election Day in Arlington

Saturday, March 28th is Election Day in Arlington. Polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. as registered voters in Arlington will have the opportunity to vote for a number of town offices. The last day to register to vote in this election is March 7th. The Arlington League of Women Voters will be offering rides to the poll between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., a service you can access by calling 781-354-0907. If you do not know where your polling location is, you can find out here.

Other Events

You can also look at the town and city calendars for Arlington, Belmont, and Cambridge to find out about more town meetings and community events.

Social Media

I am glad to have already connected with many of you on Facebook. Due to the limitations on personal Facebook pages, however, I plan to start to do more of my political and community outreach from my political page. Please like my official State Representative page here. You can also follow me on twitter to find out more about my representation of the 24th Middlesex District.
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