Representative Ken Gordon joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives in passing a $49.73 billion Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) budget proposal Wednesday evening. The FY23 budget includes significant investments in health care, education, housing, and workforce development, among other priorities.

Read the full press release here.

Summer 2022 State House Internships

Posted on April 5, 2022

Representative Ken Gordon is accepting applications for college level internships in his office during Summer 2022. Internships at the State House are unpaid. Any college student is welcome to apply. Applicants with a connection to the Rep. Gordon’s district, (Bedford, Burlington, or Wilmington) will be given preference.

Read the full article on BCAT.

On Wednesday, March 30th, the Special Commission to Study and Examine the Civil Service Law Co-chaired by Representative Gordon filed its final report. The Legislature prioritized this important study of the Commonwealth’s civil service system as part of the 2020 police reform law. The report focused on revisions to the civil service law and personnel systems to improve diversity, transparency, and community representation in public safety employment in Massachusetts.

Highlights of the Commission’s recommendations include the following:

  • Revising the budget structure and enhancing the capacity of the Civil Service Unit of HRD through an increased appropriation  Creation of and funding for an Office of Civil Service Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within the Executive Office of Administration and Finance;
  • Increasing access to civil service examination fee waivers and a cap on examination fees at $100;
  • Establishing a Diversity Pipeline Pilot Initiative Program in Worcester County with a scholarship program for minority youth interested in pursuing education in Fire Science;
  • and Allowing for larger and more diverse candidate pools through the use of a “3N+1” formula for entry-level hiring certifications.

 

Read the full report here: Report of Special Commission to Study and Examine the Civil Service Law – 3-30-22

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The Massachusetts Legislature approved a spending bill on Thursday that leverages American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) surplus funds to facilitate COVID-19 recovery efforts through one-time investments in housing, environment, and climate mitigation, economic development, workforce, health and human services, and education. The bill includes targeted investments introduced by Representative Ken Gordon for Bedford and Burlington:

Read the full articles on The Bedford Citizen and BCAT.

Rosario Monegro came to Lowell City Hall Sunday morning with her 8-year-old son, Angel Lizardo, to join a few dozen adults and a handful of children for a playdate rally in support of a bill that would create a universal early education system in the state.

Read the full article on The Boston Globe.