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Rep. Tom Sannicandro Files Bottled Water Bill

Filed under: Business,Politics by News Staff at 6:50 pm on January 22, 2013
MA Rep. Tom Sannicandro, (D-Ashland)

MA Rep. Tom Sannicandro, (D-Ashland)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Massachusetts State Rep. Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland) filed a bill Friday that would prohibit the use of public funds to purchase bottled water, a bill that would reduce waste, energy use, and costs.

"There is no reason we should spend taxpayers' money on a product that is unnecessary, expensive and harmful to the environment when there are clean and cheap alternatives", Representative Sannicandro said. "It is important that we lead by example and do our part to reduce bottle waste and save the Commonwealth money."

In December, the MetroWest Daily News ran a story about how the state had expended $300,000 in half the fiscal year on bottled water to staff events and meetings, often at buildings that have clean drinking water available.

"Not only is state spending on bottled water wasteful at a time when our state can ill afford unnecessary expenses, it broadcasts the absolute wrong message about the value, quality and importance of our public water systems," said Kristin Urquiza, a spokesperson for Corporate Accountability International.

Think Outside the Bottle (log)

Click logo (above) to download a copy of Corporate Accountability International's "Getting States Off the Bottle: Second Edition"  (in Adobe .PDF format)

 

While tap water could cost pennies for a gallon, bottled water could be between 250 and 10,000 times more expensive.[2] And compared to a liter of tap water, a liter of bottled water requires as much as 2,000 times as much energy, according to one study. That study also found that bottled water consumption in America alone sucked up between 32 and 54 million barrels of oil last year.

This bill would recommit state agencies to use our public water supplies. Rep. Sannicandro believes it makes no economical or environmental sense for Mass Water Resource Authorities to host meetings with bottled water on the table when reservoirs connected to state of the art water purification systems sit directly behind those buildings.

This bill does not affect Massachusetts residents’ ability to purchase bottled water.

For more info about MA  State Rep. Tom Sannicandro, or to contact Tom, visit his website at: www.tomworksforus.com

For more information about Corporate Accountability International's "Think Outside the Bottle" campaign, visit: www.stopcorporateabuse.org

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Sannicandro and Walsh Stop at Jack Abby's Brewery

Filed under: Business,Politics by News Staff at 8:16 pm on August 23, 2012
Rep. Tom Sanicandro and Chris Walsh at Jacks Abby Brewery, Framingham, MA

Sannicandro and Supporters Relax After Canvass, (L to R), Rep. Tom Sannicandro, Rep. Chris Walsh, Elsa Aviza (Framingham), Anne Manning (Ashland), Sandra Silcott (Framingham), Jack Hendler (Natick). Abby Brewery, Framingham, MA.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Rep. Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland), Rep. Chris Walsh (D-Framingham), and supporters made a campaign stop Thursday evening to Jack's Abby brewery in Framingham.

Sannicandro, Walsh, and supporters toured the facilities following a door-to-door canvass, spoke with the owners, and tried some of the craft specials available from the growing company.

"I thought this was a good place to take the team because it represents much of what this campaign is about and what this town is about," Sannicandro said. "This is a small business that just emerged last year. They're expanding. They're benefiting from a growing economy. And most importantly, they brew good beer."

Sannicandro tasted the "Hoponious Union" craft and a couple others. Before supporters, he discussed several ways the legislature supported small businesses last ...[read more]


Board, Committee and Commission Positions Available

Filed under: Politics by News Staff at 2:12 pm on May 1, 2012
Framingham Town Hall, The Memorial Building

Framingham Town Hall, The Memorial Building

FRAMINGHAM, MA - One of the duties of the Framingham Board of Selectmen, ("BOS"), is to appoint residents to serve on various boards, committees, and commissions.

The BOS has published the following list of vacancies that it is seeking to fill:

  • Agricultural Advisory Commission - 2 Positions
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee - 1 Position
  • Board of Health - 1 Position
  • Cable Advisory Committee - Position
  • Community Development Committee - 7 Positions
  • Conservation Commission - 2 Positions ...[read more]

Spilka Named to Head-Up Finance Reform Committee

Filed under: Politics by News Staff at 1:43 pm on March 26, 2012

Sen. Karen Spilka Named to Head-Up Conference Committee on State Finance Reform, Modernizing and Improving Efficiency, Transparency, and Accountability of State Government

Sen. Karen Spilka

Senator Karen Spilka

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Today, Senator Karen Spilka announced that she was named to serve as the Senate Chair of the six member conference committee tasked with resolving the differences between the Senate and House versions of the state financial and administrative reform legislation.

"This legislation improves efficiency and accountability by updating the Commonwealth's finance laws and requiring our agencies and programs to start measuring performance and outcomes," said Spilka. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with my colleagues on the conference committee on a final bill that will increase oversight and require smart and effective management of the state’s finances."

The provisions of the Senate bill include:

  • Requiring regular reviews and analysis of state agencies through ...[read more]

Rep. Tom Sannicandro Promotes Citizen Lawmaking

Filed under: Politics,Uncategorized by News Staff at 2:26 pm on November 2, 2011
MA Rep. Tom Sannicandro, (D-Ashland)

MA Rep. Tom Sannicandro, (D-Ashland)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - A strong advocate for using technology to make government more transparent and accessible, Representative Tom Sannicandro was recently featured in The Economist for a website that asks his constituents and other interested parties to collaborate on and ultimately draft a bill to regulate net neutrality.

The magazine featured an article titled Government by (all) the people, which looked at efforts around the world to include citizens in law making.

The article references Rep. Sannicandro’s participation in the website lexpop. He also has his own wiki-style website that allows constituents to collaborate on new ideas for legislation in different topic areas, YourVisionForMassachusetts.wikistyles.org.

"There are a lot of talented people and innovative thinkers here in the Commonwealth. These websites not only allow more direct participation ...[read more]


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