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Useful Resources During Current Public Health Emergency

Below is a list of resources that might help. We will continue to update this. Please follow my Facebook page at @SenatorJimWelch for the latest updates as well.

Office Hours for December 2019

December Office Hours:
Chicopee Public Library
Located at 449 Front Street on Tuesdays from 10am - 12pm.
Office hours will be held on the 10th and 17th.

West Springfield Public Library
Located at 200 Park Street on Wednesdays from 1pm - 4pm.
Office hours will be held on the 11th and 18th.

West Springfield Senior Center
Located at 128 Park Street on Thursdays from 1pm - 3pm.
Office hours will be held on the 12th and 19th.

Senate Approves $600 Million in Funding for Local Road Projects over Next Three Year

On April 11, the state Senate passed a three year, $600 million investment of “Chapter 90” funding for local road and bridge repairs, continuing the legislature’s strong commitment to supporting our cities and towns.

Senator Welch and Senator Rush Talk Veterans Services with Springfield Partners for Community Action

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Senator Welch and Senator Mike Rush, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs, visited Springfield Partners for Community Action on Monday, March 19th. The visit focused on services provided to veterans and included representatives from NABVETS and the Springfield Veteran's Service Officer.

Senator Welch Joins Students from West Springfield High School During National Walkout Day

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On March 14th, students in schools from around the country participated in National Walkout Day in protest of gun violence. Senator Welch joined the students from West Springfield High School during their walkout, hoping to not only show his support for their message, but also add to the growing number of voices calling for action.

Senator Welch Introduces US Senator Elizabeth Warren At Springfield Open House

 

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On March 9 Senator Welch joined US Senator Elizabeth Warren at Springfield Technical Community College for an Open House. Senator Welch started off the event by introducing Senator Warren to the crowd, applauding her for championing equality.and her leadership on health care.

Senator Welch Co-Sponsors Pizza Day at the Chicopee Senior Center

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On February 9th Senator Welch co-sponsored pizza day at the Chicopee Senior Center. This event was part of Senator Welch’s “Pizza Party with your State Senator” event series. The parties are a casual way to start conversations with constituents that hopefully continue through regular contact with Senator Welch’s office when people have concerns, an opinion, a suggestion, or need help with something.

Senator Welch Attends Western Mass Food Bank Legislative Panel

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Senator Welch attended The Western Mass Food Bank Legislative Panel on February 5, 2018. During the panel Senator Welch discussed the legislative and budget priorities of the Food Bank like SNAP policy and MEFAP funding. Additionally, the senator spoke about how citizens can better advocate for issues they care about and how to work with your elected officials to create positive change.

Senator Welch Attends Oversight Hearing Concerning the Group Insurance Commission

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On January 31, 2018 the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, along with the Senate Chairs of the Committees on Health Care Financing and Public Service, held an oversight hearing concerning the Group Insurance Commission's decision to eliminate health plans offered to state employees. Senator Welch attended this hearing in both his capacity as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing and a member of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. Senator Welch made it a priority to review not just the decision made by the GIC, but the lack of transparency in the process leading up to this decision. After pressure from numerous parties, including the Senate, the GIC voted to reconsider its plan on February 1, 2018.

Senator Welch Speaks with UMass Medical Students at Baystate

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Senator Welch stopped by the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Baystate campus to speak with medical students on January 11, 2018. Senator Welch spoke with medical students in the PURCH program which teaches the students not only about caring for and treating patients, but also how to advocate for health care issues.

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