• Everett,  March 30 2018

    DiDomenico: We have plan to solve school budget crisis

    Asks for “back-up” to sell funding formula tweak at State House By Brendan Clogston   State Senator Sal DiDomenico has a plan to fix the city’s perennial school budget crisis, but it’s going to require some salesmanship on Beacon Hill. DiDomenico told the City Council during a presentation Monday night that he had a tweak to the state’s Chapter 70 school funding formula that would allow Everett to receive a larger – and from the senator’s perspective, a “fairer” – share of the state funding pool. For three years, the Everett School Department has been struggling with a multimillion dollar hole blown into its budget by a change in how…

  • Everett,  March 23 2018

    DiDomenico cosponsors social media privacy protection legislation

    On March 15, Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) and his colleagues in the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed S.2320, An Act relative to social media privacy protection. Senator DiDomenico, who is Assistant Majority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate, is a cosponsor of this legislation that aims to protect the personal social media accounts of students and employees across the Commonwealth. Specifically, the legislation prevents employers and schools from requesting and requiring access to the personal social media accounts of applicants, employees and students as a condition of acceptance, employment or participation in school activities. “In today’s digital age, social media privacy has become more important than ever,” said Senator DiDomenico. “This bill…

  • Everett,  March 9 2018

    DiDomenico elevated to Assistant Majority Leader of Massachusetts Senate

    Last week Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) was elevated to the position of Assistant Majority Leader by Senate President Harriette L. Chandler (D-Worcester). In addition to this new leadership post, Senator DiDomenico will also now serve as Chairman of the powerful Senate Committee on Bills in the Third Reading, as well as Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs. Previously, Senator DiDomenico served as Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways & Means, and with this new enhanced leadership role and committee assignments, the Senator will still remain a member of this important budget writing committee. “It is an honor and privilege to be chosen by Senate President…

  • Everett,  March 2 2018

    DiDomenico serves as Head Start Day’s Speaker

    State Senator Sal DiDomenico recently spoke at Head Start Day at the State House. For 45 years, Head Start has provided educational and comprehensive child development services to young children from working families. Senator DiDomenico is a Head Start alumni and spoke about the important role this program has played in his own life, as well as in the lives of countless other children and families across the country. “When my parents enrolled me in Head Start over 40 years ago, representatives needed to recruit parents to give this new program a try,” said Senator DiDomenico. “Today, it has proven to be so successful, there aren’t enough spots to meet…

  • Everett,  February 16 2018

    DiDomenico supports American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign

    Photos: Shown from left to right are State Representative Joe McGonagle, State Representative Ruth Balser, State Representative Marjorie Decker, State Senator Sal DiDomenico, State Treasurer Deb Goldberg and State Representative Dan Ryan.    State Senator Sal DiDomenico recently joined state officials Attorney General Maura Healey, Treasurer Deb Goldberg, Senate President Harriette Chandler, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and other colleagues in the House and Senate at the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Day at the State House. Go Red For Women encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and also action to save lives. While cardiovascular disease is often misrepresented as a man’s disease, it is…

  • Everett,  February 9 2018

    DiDomenico & Senate colleagues pass Supplemental Budget

    Last week the Massachusetts Senate passed a supplemental budget that includes $15 million for school districts educating students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who were displaced by hurricanes Maria and Irma. Since September 2017, more than 2,300 students have arrived in Massachusetts from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and enrolled in schools across the state. “This funding will provide critical support for the Commonwealth’s schools that have experienced the recent arrival of students who were displaced after the devastating hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands,” said Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett), Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways & Means. “It…

  • Everett,  February 9 2018

    Senator DiDomenico Volunteers in Annual Homeless Census

    Last week, Senator Sal DiDomenico and his staff participated in the annual homeless census that is conducted throughout the Commonwealth. Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Housing & Homelessness Prevention Department organized the annual point-in-time count, where volunteers interviewed homeless individuals in the cities of Everett, Malden, and Medford to gather information needed solve the homeless crisis in the Mystic Valley area. Senator DiDomenico was joined by City Councilor Michael McLaughlin in leading the homeless census in city of Everett. “My staff and I were happy to join the fellow volunteers and Councilor McLaughlin for the Annual ABCD point-in-time homeless count in the city of Everett,” said Senator DiDomenico. “These…

  • Everett,  February 2 2018

    DiDomenico secures funding to eliminate waitlist for pediatric palliative care

    State Senator Sal DiDomenico recently announced the release of over $100 million in funding allocated by the Massachusetts Legislature in the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) budget. As Vice Chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, Senator DiDomenico played a key role in securing funding priorities for the state in the final FY18 budget, including $2.6M for pediatric palliative care, which will fully eliminate the waitlist for services for seriously and terminally ill children. Pediatric palliative care funding has consistently been one of his top budget priorities throughout his tenure in the Senate. This year in particular, Senator DiDomenico worked hard to ensure that the full amount needed to eliminate…