Monday, January 28, 2013
State Representative James Arciero says that Governor Deval Patrick's proposed budget released last week is only the first step in a long process, and that the numbers should be taken with a grain of salt.
Last week, Governor Patrick released a $34.8 billion proposal for the state budget, But one of Chelmsford's representatives in Boston is saying that number might change before all is said and done. Calling it "the first quarter of a four quarter game," State Representative James Arciero is urging community leaders and his constituents in Littleton, Westford and Precincts 5,7 and 8 in Chelmsford to note that total amount may change during the legislative process that will result in a final budget, a sentiment echoed by his one of his colleagues in the Chelmsford delegation, State Representative Tom Golden. Patrick's proposal, also known as House Bill 1, proposes revenue shifts to add $553 in new K-12 education funding, $269 million for …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
A drop in the state's median household income led to the salary reduction
Massachusetts lawmakers will get a pay cut this year, in accordance with a state law that links legislators’ salaries to the state’s median household income. Governor Deval Patrick’s office announced the drop in wages this week. “As required by Article CXVIII of the Amendments to the Constitution, for the purpose of adjusting the base compensation of members of the General Court, we have ascertained, from the federal census American Community Survey and reports of average weekly wages, that the median household income for the Commonwealth for the preceding two-year period decreased by 1.8 percent,” Patrick said in a Jan. 2 letter to State Treasurer Steven Grossman. The pay cut amounts to about $1,000 annually from legislators’ current base…
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
State Representative James Arciero defeated Westford selectman Val Wormell by nearly 7,000 to earn his third term on Beacon Hill.
James Arciero has defeated challenger Val Wormell by a margin of almost 7,000 votes, a margin substantially larger than his first victory four years ago. Arciero (D-Westford) earned his third victory in the Second Middlesex House District, following a win over Littleton Republican Paul Avella in 2008 and an uncontested race in 2010. "Just to fight to increase local and fight for every last dollar communities deserve, we had successes in 2012 and we're not where we want to be, but we're heading in the right direction.," said Arciero, who said that Wormell ran a spirited campaign in his victory speech. "We continue to buck the trend better than most districts in the Commonwealth and also I think there's more room for reform in …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Both competitors for the Middlesex Second House District seat gave their stump speeches at events earlier this month.
Election Day is only about a month away, and the race is heating up between Selectman Val Wormell (R-Westford) and State Representative James Arciero (D-Westford) to see who will represent Littleton, Westford and precincts 5,7 and 8 of Chelmsford on Beacon Hill. Here are videos of the two candidates from speeches they made in Westford earlier this month. Editor's Note: We could not confirm with the Wormell campaign which of Arciero's votes Wormell was mentioning in her speech. We believe it was Roll Call #281, an amendment to tie MBTA funding to Chapter 90 Local Aid funding that was defeated, shortly before the original bill (H. 4161) was passed.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Massachusetts state Rep. Jim Arciero (D-Westford) was given the award recently following his work relating to increasing public access to sex offender information.
Massachusetts state Rep. Jim Arciero (D-Westford) was recently honored with the "2011 Spirit of Compassion Award" by Community Voices, a local group founded in 2004 with the aim of increasing public safety and victim advocacy organization. The award was given in response to Arciero's work earlier this year in expanding information access relating to level 2 sex offenders following an incident in Westford in which a sex offender from Florida was able to slip through the system. "I am honored and humbled by this award. The work is not done yet on this issue, but with the support of Community Voices and their members, I know we will win this battle," said Arciero. In particular, Community Voices was pleased with Arciero's push to bring …