Issues

Want to know where Jamie stands on the issues?

Click on any of the links below to learn more about Jamie’s position on that issue and some of the legislation he’s filed, supported and/or passed relative to that issue.

Economic Justice
Economic Development
Education
Health Care
Public Safety
Housing
Environment
Ethics Reform
Civil Rights
Local Aid
Revenue

If there are any issues you don’t see listed here about which you have questions, please feel free to contact our office for more information.

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Serving all 14 Communities of the Middlesex and Worcester District

Senator Eldridge is proud to work hard each and every day for the people of the 14 communities of the Middlesex and Worcester district. He has prioritized:

 

Public Education

Increasing Chapter 70 education aid, regional school transportation, special education circuit reimbursement, and advocated for the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to fund new public schools, and renovating older public schools

Transportation

Increasing Chapter 90 funds to fix local roads and bridges, improve the Fitchburg and Worcester commuter rail, expand rail trails, secure Complete Streets grants, re-construct state bridges, improve major highways and highway intersections, and increase funding for Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs) and shuttle service

Economic Development

Secure MassWorks grant for infrastructure improvements, workforce training funding to boost employees’ skills, loans for small businesses, water infrastructure investments to expand corporations, and build more affordable housing to attract workers to region

Protect the Environment and Combat Climate Change

Increase funding for enforcement of environmental laws, secure Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Green Communities Act grants, preserve solar incentives, fund energy efficient management services, and enhances green building standards

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How Jamie has Helped Your Town

Senator Eldridge is also a strong advocate for the individual needs of each of the 14 communities that he represents. He is proud to partner directly with the State Representative for each community that he jointly represents, to secure these key investments. Here are just a few examples of his direct advocacy for each city or town:

 

Acton

Jamie advocated to build a new South Acton MBTA commuter rail train station, secured earmarks of $300,000 for the Discovery Museum, $30,000 for the Acton-Boxborough Food Pantry, Complete Streets funding to make Acton more bike-friendly, and Green Communities Act funding to hire an Energy Efficiency Manager for the Acton-Boxborough public schools, and expand shuttle service for commuters, the elderly and people with disabilities in Acton. Jamie also advocated for 11 years to secure $6.7 million in MassDOT funds to construct the next phase of the Assabet River Rail Trail, including through Acton, and over $10 million for the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, including through Acton.

 

Ayer

Jamie secured a $2 million MassWorks grant for construction of new commuter rail parking, passed legislation to provide additional liquor license for Ayer to promote economic development in downtown Ayer, advocated for increased state funding to help the Ayer and Shirley public schools regionalize. Senator Eldridge also secured a $1.2 million MassWorks infrastructure grant to connect Ayer sewer to the Four Corners development and advocated with the DCR Commissioner to create more parking for users of the Nashua River Rail Trail. Jamie also secured $750,000 in CDBG funds to improve the water infrastructure of the Grove Pond neighborhood.

 

Boxborough

Jamie has worked to secure $547,000 for improvements to Route 111, an earmark of $50,000 for restoration of the Levi Wetherbee House at Steele Farm, and advocated for increased state funding to encourage the full regionalization of the Acton and Boxborough public schools.

 

Harvard

Jamie has worked to convince MassDOER to make the Harvard Community Solar Garden a pilot project, secured $192,000 to renovate and make the Hapgood Library accessible, and passed legislation to provide a liquor license for the Harvard General Store and allowed for the creation of the Harvard sewer district. Senator Eldridge also advocated for state funding for the new Harvard public library, and the Harvard elementary school.

 

Hudson

Jamie has worked to pass legislation providing additional liquor license to promote economic development in Hudson, advocated for a $1.2 million MassWorks grants for road and sidewalk improvements on South Street in downtown Hudson, secured $500,000 in an economic development bond bill to reconstruct the Hudson rotary, awarded Workforce Training grants to small businesses, expanded shuttle service in Hudson, and reconstruct 3 critical bridges that connect Hudson residents to the downtown. Jamie has also led the Senate effort to oppose the Eversource proposed transmission line.

 

Littleton

Jamie has worked to pass legislation including securing $6 million for the Littleton Common “Smart Sewer” project, $2 million for expanded parking at the Littleton MBTA commuter rail train station, the construction of a new train station, secured a $2 million MassWorks grant to improve infrastructure for The Point development, advocated for Littleton to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in Green Communities Act and Complete Streets funding, and secured a $100,000 earmark for the Castles in the Trees playground, and $50,000 for public safety equipment for the Littleton police and fire departments.

 

Marlborough

Jamie has secured earmarks to improve Marlborough’s playgrounds, public housing, and the Marlborough Senior Center, and MassWorks grant to improve Marlborough roads and intersections, Department of Conservation and Recreation grants to improve Memorial Beach and Green Communities Act funding to reduce energy use in Marlborough.

 

Maynard

Jamie advocated for a $3.2 million grant to improve the town’s sewer system, to increase economic development in town. Jamie secured $75,000 for a van service for the elderly and people with disabilities, $75,000 for the Open Table Food Pantry to purchase a mobile food truck and $100,000 for the proposed Maynard Fire Station. Senator Eldridge also secured a $12 million earmark for Maynard’s White Pond Water Distribution project in the Economic Development bond bill. Jamie also advocated for Maynard to receive

Complete Streets or Green Communities funding. Jamie also advocated for 11 years to secure $6.7 million in MassDOT funds to construct the next phase of the Assabet River Rail Trail, including through Maynard.

 

Northborough

Jamie has worked to pass legislation including obtaining a $100k grant for substance abuse prevention and awarding $3200 for the recycling dividends program to maximize recycling, fund new bins, and facilitate collection. Senator Eldridge also passed legislation requiring industrial composting to be regulated by the Department of Environmental Protection instead of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) (which Governor Baker vetoed). Jamie also passed legislation to increase liquor licenses to increase economic development for Northborough.

 

Shirley

Jamie has worked to pass legislation including securing a $940,000 Community Development Block grant to improve housing and support economic development, and a $795,000 grant to rehabilitate 18 low-income housing units. Senator Eldridge also advocated for increased state funding to encourage the regionalization of the Ayer and Shirley public schools, and secured a $725,000 MassWorks grant to reconstruct the historic Main Street bridge. Jamie has also consistently successfully secured Prison Mitigation funding of $120,000 in every state budget.  

 

Southborough

Jamie has passed legislation to help create a skating rink for the Southborough Recreation Department, own the 9/11 playing field, expand the Metrowest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) to serve Southborough residents, and improve commuter rail serve to the Southborough MBTA commuter rail train station.

 

Stow

Jamie worked to pass legislation including awarding $850,000 in MassWorks money to make improvements in the Lower Village, such as traffic circulation, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and drainage.  He also fought to get $6.7 million of funding for the Assabet River Rail Trail, and helped get a $265,000 grant for street improvements. Senator Eldridge advocated for a $200,000 grant to help preserve Carver Hill Orchards, and over $500,000 to construct emergency water infrastructure for a Stow neighborhood.

 

Sudbury

Jamie has worked to secure $75,000 for the MetroWest Free Medical Program to purchase new medical equipment, $100,000 for the Sudbury Parsonage House, $2 million in bond funding to build the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, and has lead the effort to oppose the proposed Eversource transmission line. Senator Eldridge also filed legislation to create senior property tax relief. Jamie also advocated for 11 years to secure $6.7 million in MassDOT funds to construct the next phase of the Assabet River Rail Trail, including to Sudbury.

 

Westborough

Jamie has passed legislation to allow for a partnership by the Westborough public schools to better serve students with disabilities, dramatically increase the number of liquor license to promote economic development, advocated for more parking at the Westborough MBTA commuter rail train station, and transition the Westborough State Hospital into open space, senior housing, and economic development.

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