Representative Dooley Announces Over $2.5 million In Road And Bridge Funding For District

BOSTON – State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) is pleased to announce that he has secured over $2.5 million in funding assistance for local road and bridge repairs in all six of the towns in his district:

  • Medfield: $394,352
  • Millis: $273,677
  • Norfolk: $391,645
  • Plainville: $291,860
  • Walpole: $778,469
  • Wrentham: $419,097

Representative Dooley ensured that the funds were included in a $200 million bond authorization bill, which was ultimately approved by the House of Representatives on April 5 as a part of the state’s chapter 90 funding program.

“Between the tough winter we have had, general wear and tear, and much needed safety improvements, the towns in my district are definitely in need of some assistance to get their roads into top shape” said Dooley about the bill.  “While I am excited to have been able to secure this funding, I am continuing to work every day to get the taxpayers of my district the full level of support that they deserve from our state government.”

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Representative Shawn Dooley Announces Prison Mitigation Funds for Norfolk

NORFOLK—State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) is pleased to announce that $261,729 allocated for the Town of Norfolk in the state’s FY18 budget for prison mitigation has been released from the Department of Corrections (DOC). As compensation for hosting MCI-Norfolk, the state legislature allocated these funds for the Town of Norfolk to offset the costs of housing the facility; however, until now the funds had been held by DOC to ensure that the state’s revenue projections were met. With the funds now released, the Town of Norfolk is free to use these funds as they deem necessary within their FY18 budget.

In a letter written to Governor Baker in early January, Representative Dooley urged the release of the funds offering that hosting the prison “brings a number of added expenses to the Town including extra emergency services responses, loss of tax revenue on the land, and dealing with the ever-present risks associated with cohabitating with a prison.” Dooley also noted that “the Town relies on these mitigations each year in order to balance its budget and continue to provide adequate services to residents.”

Dooley has expressed his excitement with the ultimate release of the mitigation funds “Since my first day as a State Representative, I have been a strong advocate for these mitigations. Our community gives so much in support of the Commonwealth, and it is great that we in the legislature are actively able to show our appreciation to Norfolk for hosting these facilities.”

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Representative Shawn Dooley Announces Spring Office Hours

BOSTON—Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) has announced his spring office hours for all six of the towns he represents:

  • Norfolk:
    • Monday April 9th
    • 10:00 AM -11:00 AM
    • Norfolk Town Hall, Room 124 (1 Liberty Lane)
  • Wrentham:
    • Monday April 9th
    • 11:30 AM -12:30 PM
    • Wrentham Town Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room (79 South Street)
  • Plainville:
    • Monday April 9th
    • 1:00 PM -2:00 PM
    • Plainville Senior Center (9 School Street)
  • Millis:
    • Thursday April 12th
    • 10:00-11:00 AM,
    • Millis Senior Center Coffee Room (Room 21) (900 Main Street)
  • Medfield:
    • Thursday April 12th
    • 11:30 AM- 12:30 PM
    • The Center at Medfield (1 Ice House Road)
  • Walpole:
    • Thursday April 12th
    • 1:00 PM-2:00PM
    • Walpole Senior Center (135 School Street)

 

All constituents are welcome to stop in, say hello, and discuss any issues they would like. As always, Representative Dooley is also happy to meet privately in the district or in his Boston office. If interested in scheduling an appointment, please contact his Chief of Staff, William Rigdon, at William.Rigdon@mahouse.gov or 617-722-2810.

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State Rep. Shawn Dooley to Host a Forum with Eversource Energy


NORFOLK –
State Representative Shawn Dooley is happy to cordially invite all area residents to a forum with Eversource Energy:

State Representative Shawn C. Dooley

Forum with Eversource Energy

Monday February 12th, 2018

Norfolk Town Hall, Room 124

1 Liberty Ln; Norfolk

7:00 PM

The forum will give residents the opportunity to hear from Eversource on the recent rate hikes and power outages in the area as well as the chance to ask any questions and to express their frustration with price, performance, and any other issues they may be having with Eversource.

“I am happy to be able to bring Eversource to Norfolk to discuss the variety of issues my constituents have been facing over the past several months from the rate hikes to the rash of power outages” said Dooley. “I hope we are able to engage in a meaningful dialogue to gain a better understanding of the situation. I encourage all area residents, not just those in Norfolk, to attend.”

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State Rep. Shawn Dooley Announces $500,000 Bridge Grant for Norfolk

BOSTON – State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) is pleased to announce that the Town of Norfolk is the recipient of a $500,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The grant is intended to provide funding for the rebuilding of the Lawrence Street Bridge.

The grant was awarded as a part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s Municipal Small Bridge Program. The program is designed to be the lifeline for many older, smaller bridges— between ten and twenty feet in length— that are at risk of closure and serve as a vital artery to schools, businesses, and jobs. Every community is eligible for up to $500,000 in aid each year; however, the town was also the recipient of a $1.8 million MassWorks infrastructure grant last fall that will also be put towards Lawrence Street improvements.

“As a resident of the Norfolk community, I am thrilled to see money coming back into the town” said Dooley of the grant. “The Lawrence Street Bridge is on its last legs and was going to have to be repaired whether this grant money was received or not. With this critical funding, the Town of Norfolk will be able to save money to put towards other needed projects. We all pay enough in taxes, so it’s nice to have some of that money put to good use in the community.”

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State Rep. Shawn Dooley Announces Fire Safety Grants for District

BOSTON – State Representative Shawn Dooley is pleased to announce that the Norfolk, Plainville, and Walpole fire departments have a received a total of over $19,000 in grant money from the Baker-Polito Administration to put towards their Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) and Senior SAFE programs.

The SAFE program was created over two decades ago to help reduce annual child fire deaths by ensuring all young students are adequately educated in the area of fire safety. According to the Administration, this program has helped reduce such deaths by 72% since its inception. Similarly, the Senior SAFE program was created to educate senior citizens on fire prevention and how to be better prepared in the event of a fire.

“As an on-call firefighter and EMT in the Town of Plainville, I am all too aware of the devastation that a fire can cause and the need to ensure that our most vulnerable populations are educated in all aspects of fire safety” said Dooley about the grants. “I am beyond ecstatic at not only the amount of grant money received, but also by the effort and dedication that all of these fire departments put in year after year to better our community.”

 

 

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State Rep. Shawn Dooley to Host State of the District Event

WRENTHAM- State Representative Shawn Dooley is proud to cordially invite all area residents to his 1st ever State of the District event:

State Representative Shawn C. Dooley

State of the District

Thursday January 25th, 2018

Wrentham Senior Center

400 Taunton Street; Wrentham

7-9 PM

The event, to be held two days after Governor Baker’s annual State of the Commonwealth address, will give constituents the opportunity to receive updates on important items including state tax and budget policy, 40B housing, MassHealth, and many other key issues affecting the area directly from Representative Dooley.

The event is free of charge. All are welcome to attend.

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State Rep. Shawn Dooley Files Bill to Align State’s Divorce Process with New Federal Tax Law

BOSTON – In the wake of recent federal tax reform, State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) has filed HD4463 An Act to create a commission to align the Commonwealth’s alimony and child support statutes with the new federal tax policy to study the implications of the new law on the Commonwealth’s divorce process. The bill would establish a nine-member commission, appointed by the Governor; the Speaker of the House; the Senate President; the House and Senate minority leaders; the Treasurer, and the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court, composed of experts in tax law; family law; and children and family advocacy to spearhead the study. The commission would be focused in specific on the Commonwealth’s alimony and child support statutes as well as procedures related to unallocated support.

According to Dooley, his inspiration for this bill is practical. One of the provisions in the recently passed federal tax reform law eliminates the so-called “alimony deduction” that allows payers of alimony to deduct those payments from their federal tax bill each year. In 2011 the State Legislature passed the Alimony Reform Act that set alimony to 30-35% of the difference between the parties’ incomes. As Dooley points out though, these percentages were calculated with the federal alimony deduction in mind. “Losing this deduction will put stress on all ends of our divorce process” said Dooley. “Many payers will either not be able to afford to continue alimony payments, which will hurt those receiving it, or they will go broke trying to pay. This is an unfortunate consequence of the recent federal tax reform that we must work expeditiously to fix.”

Dooley also adds that he does not believe this will be the first or last change the state will have to make in response to the new federal tax law. “Unfortunately, the problem with our large and complex government is state and federal laws often have an overly symbiotic relationship. A tiny change in federal law can have a massive effect on us here in the Commonwealth. Even though the ultimate result for residents may turn out well, we will have a lot of housekeeping to do over the next year to update our statutes.” That’s why he says he expanded his commission to look at child support and unallocated support not just alimony. “We have to make sure each investigation we do covers all bases and is as comprehensive and sweeping as possible.”

 

 

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Five Students Complete Internships with Representative Dooley

Fall 2017 Intern Photo 2BOSTON—During the fall semester Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) was pleased to have five area students complete internships in his office:

  • Katherine Chung (White Plains, NY)—Boston College, 2020
  • Madeleine Nichols (Bloomfield Hills, MI)—Boston College, 2020
  • Carolann Schoenbaum (Newport Beach, CA)—Boston College, 2019
  • Upahar Shah (Kathmandu, Nepal)—Bridgewater State University, Masters Program 2018
  • Nate Wolf (Boston)—Holy Cross, 2022

Dooley’s interns get the opportunity to learn about politics in a hands-on fashion. From campaign life in the district to policy work in the State House, they are exposed to all sides of state and local politics. “It’s a trite expression, but my office truly could not function without our interns” said Dooley. “This particular group of interns was one of the most intelligent, dedicated, and hard-working groups I’ve had. Their service in my office undoubtedly helped me be a better Representative of my constituents. While the work can be challenging, I hope this was a rewarding and fun experience for them all. I know unflinchingly that they will be an asset and a success in anything they choose to pursue in the future. I thank them all for their service to me and all the citizens of the 9th Norfolk District.”

Any high school and college students interested in applying for an internship in Dooley’s office are encouraged to reach out to his Chief of Staff, William Rigdon, at William.Rigdon@mahouse.gov.

 

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State Reps Call For Investigation of Boston Public Schools

BOSTON- After the IRS fined Boston Public Schools $1,000,000 for misusing student activity funds, State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) and State Representative Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton) are calling for an independent investigation of the school system by the Auditor of the Commonwealth, Suzanne Bump. Dooley and O’Connell delivered a letter to the Auditor’s office on Friday urging Bump, on behalf of the Massachusetts General Court and the taxpayers of the Commonwealth, “to launch a thorough investigation into Boston Public Schools and its use of student activity accounts.”

While the information was not made public until this week, the issue was uncovered earlier this summer when an IRS audit reported that Boston Public Schools had used student activity funds, designed to be put towards the operation of student clubs and activities, to pay staffers and vendors under the table. In their letter Dooley and O’Connell say that there is a lot of information that the taxpayers of not only the City of Boston but also the entire Commonwealth deserve to know. “The latest stories detail some of the ways these accounts were misused; however, the taxpayers of Boston and the Commonwealth are still lacking important details such as how much money has been misused, who was responsible, and for how long have the funds have been misused” they write, calling this information “vital to maintaining integrity within our public institutions.”

Dooley and O’Connell have also expressed their displeasure in what they call “shameless political games” now playing out after the information was released this week. “News reports detail how Boston Public Schools officials covered up their knowledge of the misuse of funds for several months, how the issue was swept under the rug and released to the public only after the municipal election in Boston, and now how everyone with a stake in the issue is pointing their finger at someone else. The taxpayers deserve better than this” they write to Auditor Bump.

“I may not represent the City of Boston, but it is the collective responsibility of all legislators to watch out for all taxpayers” said Dooley about the letter. “For the taxpayers and students to have to bear the brunt of this folly is an unmitigated outrage. Many legislators often become enraged when constituents oppose tax increases; however, it is precisely incidents like these that cause the general public to lose confidence in our system and become distrustful of our public officials with their money. This matter needs to be investigated independently, swiftly, and thoroughly to assure the public that there is some semblance of honor is our system.”

O’Connell shares a similar sentiment. “I am truly disturbed by the reports regarding the failings of the Boston Public Schools” she remarked. “Our taxpayers and school children deserve accountability.  School funds must be spent in the classroom not on parties and hiring DJs. Abusing these funds is a disservice to the children who we are entrusted to educate. ”

Both Dooley and O’Connell hope to get this investigation moving as soon as possible.

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