Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Legislation filed in aftermath of John Burbine arrest aims to fix weaknesses in the state's sex offender registry system.
Local lawmakers and Wakefield’s chief of police were among those calling for changes to the state’s sex offender laws during a Tuesday hearing at the State House. State Senator Katherine Clark, who represents Wakefield, chaired the Joint Committee on the Judiciary hearing, focused on a bill she and Rep. Paul Brodeur are sponsoring. The legislation aims to address weaknesses in the sex offender registry system that were brought to light by the John Burbine child sex abuse case. Rep. Brad Jones, the House Republican Leader who also represents Lynnfield, has introduced his own bill, saying in a statement that it's the only one of the current pending bills that would bring the state into compliance with the federal Adam Walsh Act. "The …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
House Republican Leader and state rep. for Lynnfield criticizes this week's vote on $500 million in tax increases to fund transportation needs.
House members voted 97-55 this week in favor of a scaled-back version of Governor Deval Patrick's transportation funding bill - and lawmakers from both parties have been expressing concern about its potential impact on taxpayers. Rep. Brad Jones, the state rep. for Lynnfield who also serves as House Republican Leader, cited nearly $500 million in tax increases in the House bill on Tuesday, calling it "an unfortunate turning point for our state’s hardworking taxpayers." "Unfortunately, despite the House Republican Caucus’ proposal of an alternative transportation finance plan – free from any statewide tax increases – the residents of Massachusetts are on the verge of having to pay for the third major tax increase since Governor Patrick was …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Rep. Brad Jones is the state representative for Lynnfield and the House Minority Leader.
Sunday, March 10
I want to take this opportunity to remind you of a tax credit program designed for Massachusetts seniors age 65 and older called the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit. Designed by the Legislature with the hope of alleviating some of the burdens that the property tax can create, the Circuit Breaker program has the potential to help seniors afford to stay in their homes. The Senior Circuit Breaker is a refundable tax credit which means that if you do not have a state income tax liability, you can still receive a payment from the state for up to $1,000. This program allows residents who are 65 or older claim a credit of up to $1,000 on their income tax form for the property taxes they paid on their home in 2012. Seniors can apply for the tax…
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Recruitment now underway for examination for municipal service police officer, state trooper, and MBTA transit police officer.
Sunday, February 17
The following was provided by the office of Rep. Brad Jones, Jr. House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) announced that a recruitment campaign is under way for the upcoming entry-level examination for Municipal Service Police Officer, State Trooper and MBTA Transit Police Officer. The Human Resources Division will hold an entry-level written examination on Saturday, April 20, 2013 for the positions of Municipal Service Police Officer, State Trooper and MBTA Transit Police Officer. This exam is being held to establish an eligible list from which to fill Police Officer and MBTA Transit Police vacancies, as well as non-civil service Trooper vacancies in the Massachusetts Department of State Police. The written test will …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
House Republican leader criticizes Patrick's budget plan as too focused on the Governor's legacy, not enough on taxpayers.
House Republican Leader Brad Jones, whose district includes Lynnfield, called Governor Deval Patrick’s 2014 budget “short-sighted and irresponsible” in a statement on Thursday. The governor unveiled a $34.8 billion budget plan for 2014 this week, marking a 6.9% increase over the 2013 budget. The state income tax would rise to 6.25% from 5.3% and the sales tax would fall from 6.25% to 4.5% under the Patrick plan. "The Administration's method of reckless taxation as a means towards revenue, while tapping into the ‘Rainy Day’ fund, is both shortsighted and extremely irresponsible," said Jones. Rep. Jones said that he began his preliminary examination of the Patrick budget “with great trepidation” and suggested that “Governor Patrick is ready…
Sunday, January 20, 2013
S.A.F.E. Program provides fire safety education to school-age children.
House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) today announced that Lynnfield has been awarded $4,625 in funding through the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program for fiscal year 2013. “The S.A.F.E. program gives our children the tools and education they need to react in a dangerous situation,” said Representative Jones. “I am grateful Lynnfield is a recipient of funds through this critically important program.” The S.A.F.E. program is a statewide initiative that provides resources and funding to local fire departments to conduct fire and life safety education programs for students in grades K-12. The mission is to enable students to recognize the dangers of fire and more specifically the fire hazards …
Friday, January 11, 2013
House Republican Leader Brad Jones announces that GOP conference will try to close campaign loophole involving municipal candidates.
House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. announced that the House GOP Conference will file legislation to close a loophole in state campaign finance laws. The legislation addresses candidates at the town or city level who neglect to comply with certain reporting requirements. The House GOP proposal would extend laws which currently apply only to candidates for state office to include those running for positions at the municipal level. “Accountability in government is paramount at all levels,” said Jones. “All elected officials in Massachusetts need to be held to the highest standard; it is, after all, what the residents expect. Our intention in filing this legislation is to ensure that any candidate, regardless of the office they seek…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
State Rep., whose district includes Lynnfield, is re-elected as House minority leader.
Representative Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) announced this week that he has been re-elected to a sixth term as Minority Leader of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. “I am very grateful that my Republican colleagues have given me the opportunity to continue serving as House Minority Leader,” said Jones in a statement. “This upcoming session will be extremely difficult as the Commonwealth faces a myriad of challenges, especially when it comes to the state’s finances. I look forward to joining my Republican colleagues in not only playing a significant role in helping to reform the way state government delivers services, but also in offering creative and fiscally responsible solutions.” Jones indicated that at the outset of…
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Local lawmakers announce $1,000 state grant to help support recycling in town and to decrease amount of municipal solid waste.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Representatives Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) and Donald Wong (R-Saugus), along with Senator Katherine Clark (D-Melrose), in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), recently announced that the town of Lynnfield has been awarded a municipal grant under the DEP’s Sustainable Material Recovery Program totaling $1,000. Announced by the DEP as part of a statewide funding initiative, the grant will help to support recycling, compost, reuse and source reduction activities that will increase diversion of municipal solid waste and household hazardous waste from disposal. “I am pleased the Department of Environmental Protection has afforded Lynnfield the opportunity to enhance the town’s waste reduction by …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Office of House Minority Leader encourages local college students to apply for spring internships.
The following is an announcement from the office of Rep. Brad Jones Jr. The office of House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) is now accepting resumes for spring semester internships. Representative Jones, who represents the 20th Middlesex district, which includes North Reading, Reading, Lynnfield and Middleton, is encouraging college students to send in their resumes to apply for a spring internship. “Interning is a great way to determine if the field a student is interested in pursuing is the right fit,” said Representative Jones. “Interns in my office will get a good feel for what it means to work in a legislator’s office. In addition to possibly receiving college credit for your time and effort, you will have …