Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 @ 2:09PM

Medication Assisted Treatment: An Important Tool to Fight Addiction

Medication Assisted Treatment: An Important Tool to Fight Addiction Perhaps the single most important presentation during the Special Commission on Substance Addiction Treatment in the Criminal Justice System‘s year-long study of addiction in the court system was made by Sarah Wakeman, MD, Medical Director of the Substance Use Disorder Initiative…

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 @ 9:55AM

Problems with three types of taxes: “sin taxes,” the “millionaire’s tax,” and taxes on short-term rentals

Problems with three types of taxes: “sin taxes,” the “millionaire’s tax,”and taxes on short-term rentals.   “Sin Taxes” The problem with “sin taxes” is the inability of politicians to understand the principle. Philadelphia passed an incremental “sin tax” of 1.5 cents per ounce on sugary and diet drinks, presumably to…

Monday, October 26th, 2015 @ 7:55PM

Physician-assisted suicide

In 2012, a ballot petition to create a physician-assisted suicide law was defeated by a razor thin margin. A bill, House 1991, is being promoted by Representative Louis Kafka (D – Stoughton), along with 38 co-sponsors, that has a hearing on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in front of the Joint Committee on Public…

Sunday, September 13th, 2015 @ 7:59AM

A case against legalization of recreational marijuana

There are a number of aspects to consider when weighing the merits of a ballot question that would legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes in Massachusetts, including: Gateway drug debate Science of the developing brain Relative harm of using marijuana versus alcohol, prescription medications, and other illicit/licit substances…

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 @ 12:15PM

Governor’s opioid working group issues action plan

Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders held a press conference this morning to present the Opioid Working Group’s recommendations and action plan to deal with the opioid use epidemic that resulted in more than 1,000 heroin overdose deaths in 2014….

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 @ 2:41PM

Early retirement incentive for state workers signed by governor

Governor Baker signed the early retirement incentive program bill into law on May 4, 2015. It allows up to 5,000 state employers to apply for early retirement, including incentives that add a combined five years to either the age or creditable service component of the pension formula. It is projected that the…

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 @ 2:25PM

Earned sick time law effective July 1, 2015

Maura Healey, Massachusetts Attorney General, released draft regulations relative to the earned sick time law that voters passed by citizens’ petition last November. See information about the new law and a schedule of the AG’s listening tour here: A listening tour stop is scheduled for Cape Cod on Friday,…

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 @ 2:11PM

Invitation to RSAT tour at the BCCF

Our Sheriff, Jim Cummings, and Special Sheriff, Jeff Perry, have arranged a tour of the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Program and Re-Entry Coordination Program at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility (BCCF). This event is open to the public, but by reservation only. RSAT is available to inmates who are…

Thursday, February 26th, 2015 @ 11:20AM

Rep. Hunt announces support for National Guard “Thank You” initiative

REPRESENTATIVE HUNT ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR NATIONAL GUARD “THANK YOU” INITIATIVE  SANDWICH – State Representative Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich) announced that he will be collecting grocery gift cards for our National Guard personnel who have worked tirelessly to support our cities and towns with labor and machinery to clear literally tons of snow. Working…

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 @ 2:38PM

MassDOT releases draft revegetation plan for denuded Route 6 median

Review MassDOT’s plans for revegetating the Route 6 median that was clear cut last year. These plans are being coordinated with the Cape Cod Commission and both agencies are looking for feedback. You can send me your comments and I will forward them to working group: Click the link…

Monday, January 26th, 2015 @ 2:34PM

Governor Baker declares weather emergency and issues statewide travel ban

Click the links below to see the emergency declaration and travel ban. Declaration of Emergency 20150126 Travel Ban 20150127

Monday, January 26th, 2015 @ 1:01PM

Regional shelter information for winter storm Juno

Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee Media Release 2015-01-002 January 26, 2015 For Immediate Release Regional shelter opening moved up to 6:30 p.m. Monday BARNSTABLE (MA) January 26, 2015 – The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) held a conference call at 10 a.m. Monday to finalize plans for…

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 @ 3:25PM

Christmas & holiday card drive for military service members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 10, 2014 CONTACT: Susann Koelsch, Legislative Aide / 508-888-2158 REPRESENTATIVE HUNT ANNOUNCES CHRISTMAS & HOLIDAY CARD DRIVE FOR MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS SANDWICH – State Representative Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich) announced that he will be collecting Christmas and Holiday cards for our military troops serving overseas. Working in conjunction with Cape…

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 @ 8:58AM

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who helped out on this campaign. This was a real team effort. I could not do this politician thing without the full support of my wife, Mary, who is always there taking on the extra work that frees me up to focus on constituents, the legislature, and…

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 @ 11:13AM

Vote “Yes” on Question 1: An Accountant’s Perspective on the Gas Tax

The November 2014 ballot in Massachusetts contains four questions that were brought by citizens’ petition. Question 1 would repeal the automatic increase of the gasoline/diesel excise tax based on inflation. Background In 2013, legislators passed a 3-cent per gallon increase in the excise tax to raise funds for bridge and…