Jobs Commission unveils improvement plan

Lowell Sun
ByKatie Doyle, Statehouse Correspondent
Updated:   10/04/2012 10:33:39 AM EDT

BOSTON — Legislators are praising a report calling for targeted job training and infrastructure investment.

Sen. Jaimie Eldridge, a Democrat from Acton, echoed the need for public schools to focus on science, math, technology and engineering education, even if funding for those programs is limited.

“I think it would create a whole new generation of engineers and scientists that really is the strength of the state’s workforce,” he said.

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Metrowest Daily News: Eldridge touts experience acting on principle

By Kendall Hatch/Daily News staff
Posted Oct 03, 2012 @ 12:13 AM

State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, running for his third term in the Senate, said he is committed to boosting local aid for cities and towns, undertaking measures to protect the environment and investing in the state’s infrastructure.

Eldridge, in a meeting with Daily News editors and reporters earlier this month, described himself as an independent legislator who doesn’t shy away from bucking party leadership.

“Part of the job is standing up on principle,” Eldridge said.
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Eldridge announces over sixty-five endorsements from municipal officials

Eldridge Endorsed by Municipal Officials from all fourteen communities in Middlesex & Worcester District

Acton – State Senator Jamie Eldridge today announced endorsements by over sixty-five municipal officials from all fourteen communities in the Middlesex & Worcester district. Thirty-seven selectman and city councilors and thirty school committee members have given Eldridge their endorsement and full support in his bid for re-election.

“I’m grateful to have the support of so many local leaders.” Eldridge said. “I have always made it a priority to improve public education for every child and to fight for increased local aid for our cities and towns. I’m honored that so many municipal officials have endorsed my bid for re-election.”

“I have found Jamie Eldridge to be very responsive to me as a local official,” said Shirley Lundberg, Chair of the Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee. “He takes my concerns and my phone calls very seriously and advocates for the issues important to our schools. He has been a presenter at the Division IV (Central Massachusetts) meetings of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. He also has been an active advocate for Chapter 70 and regional school transportation funding, which are both essential to maintain the integrity of school budgets.”

Senator Eldridge cited his work on increasing local aid to cities and towns and increases in Chapter 70 education funding as examples of his leadership on behalf of the communities he represents. Eldridge also highlighted his work on Special Education Circuit-breaker funding, the Fitchburg and Worcester commuter rail lines, an update to the Green Communities Act, and regionalization and school transportation funding for local school districts.

“Jamie Eldridge is an extremely hard-working State Senator for all of his communities,” said Marlborough City Councilor Edward Clancy. “There is hardly an event that he isn’t at in Marlborough, and he is very responsive in fighting for increased state aid and infrastructure grants to help create jobs and support families.”

“I wholeheartedly support and respect Jamie Eldridge,” Westborough School Committee Chair Ilyse Levine-Kanji said. “During my four years on the Westborough School Committee, I’ve found Jamie to be easily approachable and very responsive. Jamie has the intelligence, determination and experience necessary to address the difficult problems of our times. His integrity and strength of character make him an asset to the Massachusetts Senate and to the 14 communities he represents.”

“I am personally endorsing Senator Jamie Eldridge for re-election to the Massachusetts Senate,” said Mayanard School Committee Member Bill Kohlman. “He has worked diligently to ensure that the state adequately fund both Chapter 70 (Education) and the Special Education circuit breaker. He understands that not all towns can simply pass tax overrides to make up the difference if the state does not keep pace with funding to these areas. This can mean the difference between just providing an education to our students and providing them a future.”

“Jamie is approachable and available. It is great to see him at so many of our community events,” said Hudson School Committee Member Tamara Ducey. “His speech at the Quinn Middle School Topping Off Ceremony was an informed speech about our school and our community.”

For a complete list of endorsements from municipal officials from all fourteen communities, please visit


SENATE ELECTION Q&A — Focus on district priorities

GateHouse News Service
Posted Sep 12, 2012 @ 02:54 PM

QUESTION: What is the greatest challenge currently facing the Middlesex & Worcester district — and what will you as senator do to address it?

Jamie Eldridge
“The greatest challenge we face is continuing to provide the best possible education for our children while reducing the property tax burden on homeowners. I will fight for further reform to the Chapter 70 education formula to increase state education aid for every community, with funds from repealing corporate tax breaks.”

Incumbent and Democrat Jamie Eldridge, of Acton, has been the Middlesex & Worcester state senator since 2009, after serving since 2003 as state representative for the 37th Middlesex district.

Dean Cavaretta
Answer not available.

Read more: SENATE ELECTION Q&A — Focus on district priorities – Stow, MA – Wicked Local Stow

Patch: Senate Candidates to Debate in October

By Patrick Clark // // August 30, 2012

Patch & ActonTV announce the joint sponsorship of a live debate between incumbent Massachusetts state Sen. Jamie Eldridge and challenger Dean Cavaretta scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at ActonTV studios, 16 A Craig Road, Acton.

ActonTV will telecast the debate live on all its channels: Comcast Channels 8, 9 and 99 and Verizon Channels 40, 41 and 45 – while Patch will provide live coverage of the event.

Long-time Acton Town Moderator Don MacKenzie will serve as moderator for this debate.

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Sen. Eldridge & Rep. Smizik: Legislature must move Mass. green-energy economy forward – Boston Globe

The Boston Globe | July 31, 2012

Senator Jamie Eldridge, Acton and Representative Frank Smizik, Brookline.

This week, the Massachusetts House and Senate have an amazing opportunity to build on the Commonwealth’s energy policy foundation so that our energy economy can continue on its path as an emerging world player in the clean-energy industry — and ensure Massachusetts energy consumers a secure, reliable and affordable energy future.

Massachusetts is the number one state in the country for energy efficiency policy, and clean energy is the most rapidly growing sector in the state. The clean energy industry now employs over 64,000 people in jobs ranging from manufacturing and construction to sales and services, and these jobs are local.

Senator Jamie Eldridge represents the Middlesex and Worcester District. Representative Frank I. Smizik, represents the 15th Norfolk District and is chairman of the House Committee on Climate Change. Eldridge and Smizik chair the Green Economy Caucus in the Massachusetts Legislature.

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Sen. Eldridge kicks off re-election campaign in Hudson

State Senator Jamie Eldridge Kicks Off Re-election Campaign

Hudson – Joined by State Treasurer Steve Grossman and State Representative Kate Hogan, State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) officially kicked-off his re-election campaign Wednesday night at the Hudson Portuguese Club . Eldridge highlighted his leadership on increasing local aid for the Middlesex & Worcester district, ensuring government transparency, standing up to corporate power, and creating jobs.

“As your State Senator, I’ve worked to make our government more transparent and accountable to the people of the Commonwealth and to grow our economy in a way that is sustainable and helps improve the quality of life for all of my constituents. We’ve made great progress, and I’m running for re-election to continue that work,” said Eldridge.

“I’ve focused on creating jobs in every sector of the economy. Companies continue to come to our region because of a great quality of life, a well-educated workforce, and improving infrastructure. We need to continue to make the necessary investments in our communities and our schools to attract and keep these companies here, while making sure that the economic recovery benefits everyone, not just a select few,” Eldridge continued.

“We’ve also made substantial progress in increasing the transparency of our state budget process over the past few years, building off of tax credit and budget transparency legislation I led the fight in the Senate to pass. In the next session, I’ll continue that work to make sure we have a clear picture of which tax credits are working, and which are not, so we can make sure the people of Massachusetts are getting the best possible return on their investments.”

Grossman praised Eldridge for his ongoing work on legislation to establish financial literacy education in schools. “What would it mean for our students if they could grow up learning in schools about credit cards, credit scores, and how to protect against predatory lenders?” Grossman noted that Eldridge is the first and only “Clean Elections” candidate elected to public office in Massachusetts history and stressed Eldridge’s ongoing work to limit the influence of money in politics and oppose the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

Grossman also praised Eldridge’s work on building and improving new schools through a partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority. “The number one thing that Jamie Eldridge is committed to improving is our public schools. It’s about quality of life. It’s about increasing local aid. It’s about more Chapter 70 funding for our schools.”

Eldridge’s accomplishments in the Senate include leading the successful fight to increase transparency in corporate tax credits and public spending, championing and passing an amendment to limit the revolving door between the legislators and the casino industry, and securing funding for investments in transportation and water infrastructure.

Eldridge pledged to run a strong grassroots campaign to connect directly to residents in all fourteen cities & towns of the Middlesex & Worcester district. Eldridge and supporters have already begun canvassing door-to-door in the district and plan to continue the active outreach.

“I look forward to the campaign, both for the opportunity to share the work I’ve been doing on behalf of my constituents, but also to listen to their concerns and suggestions for the future.”

For more information on Jamie’s campaign, please visit his website at, or contact his campaign office at or 978-429-8736, or visit the office at 130 Main Street, Acton.