Entries by Maddie

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The 2020 State Budget is on the Governor’s Desk!

Action Alert This week, the Conference Committee released its final, reconciled 2020 budget – a consolidation of the House and Senate versions totaling $43.1 billion. This year, our budget priorities included: Support for Homeless Youth (Line Item #4000-0007) $5 million to fund housing and support services for youth experiencing homelessness. Safe and Supportive Schools (Line […]


Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission Calls for Phasing Out Courthouse Cell Phone Bans, Drawing on Recommendations from Massachusetts Appleseed Report

For Immediate Release BOSTON, May 29, 2019 – The Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice applauds the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission’s conclusions in its recently released report that courthouse cell phone bans create “unacceptable hardships” for court users and visitors. The Commission’s report recommended that cell phone bans “should be phased out in […]


The 2020 State Budget: The House Budget Is In

Thank you to everyone who raised their voices and called their State Representatives to advocate for our FY20 budget priorities! The House budget debates have come to an end, and the results are in. And as is often the case with the state budget, the results are…mixed. To see the full, finalized House budget, click […]

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Massachusetts Appleseed Presents 12th Annual “Good Apple” Award

For Immediate Release Honoring Bob Rivers, Chair and CEO of Eastern Bank Boston, MA – On March 28, 2019, the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice (“MA Appleseed”) honored Bob Rivers with its 12th annual Good Apple Award. MA Appleseed also celebrated its 25th anniversary with a special cocktail hour, which was followed by the award reception […]

The 2020 State Budget: House Amendments Need Support!

Action Alert The Massachusetts House of Representatives will debate its FY20 budget proposal this week and several key amendments have been filed that still need support! These amendments fill in funding gaps when the amount allocated in the House Committee on Ways & Means’ budget recommendations (released April 10th) fell short of supporting the clear […]

The 2020 Budget Battle Begins: Co-sponsors Needed!

Action Alert Along with spring showers, the state budget season has arrived! This is the critical time of year when the state legislature makes important decisions about which services and programs to invest in and at what levels. The state budget is a statement of our values as a Commonwealth. In it we find the […]