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"palmer public schools" Discussed on Radio Boston

Radio Boston

03:33 min | 9 months ago

"palmer public schools" Discussed on Radio Boston

"The mayor of boston cannot mandate rent control. These are issues. The state must address after a preliminary that broke ground for the city and hearts in many boston neighborhoods. Meanwhile the massachusetts national guard is driving school buses. Here's drew damian director of transportation and facility rental at palmer public schools. We have parents that are worried about children. You have elderly folks that worried about themselves and this caused the cataclysmic shortage of people to transport our students back and forth to school and a devastating death unbroken stairs massive budget shortfalls facing the tea. While infrastructure funding hangs in the balance and congress. Here's massachusetts congressman. Bill keating it was put together with such a fragile grouping of senators. I don't think that can be changed because we run the risk if we change that sent it back to the senate of that falling apart. I do believe we'll be able to cobble enough support on the democratic side for a reconciliation package. Let's talk about it starting with the mayor's race in boston. This is our first chance this week to hear from you. And we want to hear from you about what you make of the outcome. Is this a battle between old and new boston. Or between an idealist pragmatist. Did the city leap forward or did voters proving are actually ready to support black leadership. Tell us what you think. Join our panelists. One eight hundred four to three eight two five five. That's one eight hundred four to three talk week. Tweet us at radio boston with us this week. Marie francis rivera president of the massachusetts budget and policy center and jim sturgess executive director of the pioneer institute. Marie welcome murray francis. Welcome back thank you. Happy to be on and jim. Welcome back to you to to be with you. So we're going to start with this race and refrain. Says i want to stay right at the top that you are personally supporting michelle. Woo in this race but are not working for a campaign correct. Correct all right so any surprises in the results of this preliminary to you. I really wasn't surprised. I had wished that the turnout had been higher but i feel like the election in this election. Cycle was a real opportunity to focus on the candidates but really more deeply focused on the issue. And what i saw you know. Since the spring of this year we're just very rich. Conversations countless community forms and connections. That happened between people. That really had all of us reflect. On what the assets are in our city and come up with solutions together. So jim do you Share murray francis's lack of surprise sort of an emphasis on the issues I was really surprised by One thing in that is the low turnout. I guess what this is There's no more excitement in this race. Just from the perspective of a number of people voted one hundred seven thousand then. There were four years ago when mayor walsh was running against tito jackson and i think a lot of people figured that race was pretty much in the bag for the incumbent mayor at that time so having a lack of excitement that time i guess i could understand to some degree but this when you had a historic race with All of the candidates of color many women instill bets that sort of with d'argent voting level. I mean Michelle who got.

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"palmer public schools" Discussed on Radio Boston

Radio Boston

03:08 min | 9 months ago

"palmer public schools" Discussed on Radio Boston

"The mayor of boston cannot mandate rent control. These are issues. The state must address after a preliminary that broke ground for the city and hearts in many boston neighborhoods. Meanwhile the massachusetts national guard is driving school buses. Here's drew damian director of transportation and facility rental at palmer public schools. We have parents that are worried about children. You have elderly folks that worried about themselves and this caused the cataclysmic shortage of people to transport our students back and forth to school and a devastating death unbroken stairs massive budget shortfalls facing the tea. While infrastructure funding hangs in the balance and congress. Here's massachusetts congressman. Bill keating it was put together with such a fragile grouping of senators. I don't think that can be changed because we run the risk if we change that sent it back to the senate of that falling apart. I do believe we'll be able to cobble enough support on the democratic side for a reconciliation package. Let's talk about it starting with the mayor's race in boston. This is our first chance this week to hear from you. And we want to hear from you about what you make of the outcome. Is this a battle between old and new boston. Or between an idealist pragmatist. Did the city leap forward or did voters proving are actually ready to support black leadership. Tell us what you think. Join our panelists. One eight hundred four to three eight two five five. That's one eight hundred four to three talk week. Tweet us at radio boston with us this week. Marie francis rivera president of the massachusetts budget and policy center and jim sturgess executive director of the pioneer institute. Marie welcome murray francis. Welcome back thank you. Happy to be on and jim. Welcome back to you to to be with you. So we're going to start with this race and refrain. Says i want to stay right at the top that you are personally supporting michelle. Woo in this race but are not working for a campaign correct. Correct all right so any surprises in the results of this preliminary to you. I really wasn't surprised. I had wished that the turnout had been higher but i feel like the election in this election. Cycle was a real opportunity to focus on the candidates but really more deeply focused on the issue. And what i saw you know. Since the spring of this year we're just very rich. Conversations countless community forms and connections. That happened between people. That really had all of us reflect. On what the assets are in our city and come up with solutions together. So jim do you Share murray francis's lack of surprise sort of an emphasis on the issues I was really surprised by One thing in that is the low turnout. I guess what this is There's no more excitement in this race. Just from the perspective of a number of people voted hundred seven thousand then. There were four years ago when mayor walsh was running against tito jackson and i think a lot of people figured that race.

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"palmer public schools" Discussed on Radio Boston

Radio Boston

08:05 min | 9 months ago

"palmer public schools" Discussed on Radio Boston

"Their two schools on time so drew. I'm kind of trying to figure out how to feel about this on the one hand. I'm wondering should. I feel particularly heartbroken because the shortage is for drivers of buses for kids who have special needs or should i feel particularly encouraged that the top priority was to provide drivers for buses. That support kids. Who have special needs. Do you understand my question. Absolutely i'm i'm as i said before looking at the glass as half-full i think that the opportunity that has been placed before us now Is an opportunity for us to resume our trip to normalcy. We are now going to be able to say to families as a superintendent said who are concerned about getting their children to school and getting their children to school on time We can now say we are providing a service and i truly believe Knowing the registry of motor vehicles staff myself and how they do their training knowing how companies in this commonwealth including in our t. Do their training that. We are in good hands. I think what's going to come of. This is besides the fact that we are going to Be able to get some kids to school that that would otherwise have to suffer with either no transportation on late or inefficient transportation. I think what's going to happen. Is we're going to create new relationships and we are going to create a new found A do found importance in doing the job of getting kids to and from school every day. I think people now will understand that school day is in fact from the time. The child boards the bus until the time. The child gets home all type a successful school day. We are talking to drew. Damian who is president of the massachusetts association of pupil transportation and superintendent only a beta of chelsea public schools So superintendent a beta now. When will there be regular drivers for lack of a better phrase back in those buses. Is there an end game here. An point here there is we. We have signed You know an agreement and basically what we're saying is we're Until december and so hopefully that gives us enough time or nrt and have time to recruit drivers and Hopefully we'll this will be just the gap. You know the amount of time that we need. I imagine that if if not then we can reassess and drew are the everyday drivers. The people who've been driving along handling this reacting to do they take on extra responsibilities do they. How are they feeling about it. What are you hearing. So you know drivers across the state are You know like everyone. A little bit Surprised at the action however again they they Applaud moving children's safely and efficiently school. They're looking for this to be to be a help. And i know To feed off the superintendent just mentioned that Across the state we are going to be seeing some pretty big Outlays of time and funding to recruit drivers going forward. And what's the long game here drew. How do we get ourselves out of this situation permanently well. I think that we're going to have to be very creative And one of the things that that we have to do is as i said you recruit people into the programs get them in and it may take some pretty Herculean efforts we may have to look at Benefit packages and pay packages especially as we look at the overall effect of people who are working in when not working. Jerry the pandemic We have to look at things totally differently than we ever did before. But i think we're up to it. I think massachusetts is resilient with strong. And i think we'll be one of the states to Emerged i As we always have in school bus transportation we we have one of the best programs in the country and superintendent of. Who's the kid the family that you're picturing in the back of your head that you thought about when you found out thank goodness. We're going to have some help here. Well thought of our families and most of our students who have been in school haven't been in school. A lot of our students with special needs opted to stay home for the entire year during there during last year. So i was thinking we have to. Our schools are open. We have to get doing to school. It's important in it's it to me. It's an emergency And so we worked so hard to bring our students back with cova mitigation strategies. We finally are in school. And i want every student to be in school And i want every soon to get picked up on time and in the liver to school on time. And i think that's so important and that bus ride is important. It's important for families. It's important for our students and so at some of the superintendents that i've talked to like my superintendent colleagues and low will. I texted him. I said i. I guess we're thinking out of the box to and he's like at all costs and that's how we feel about it at all costs and we do whatever we can to make sure that our since receive the services that they need all right. That is superintendent obata of chelsea public schools. Thank you you're welcome. Andrew damian director of transportation facility rental at palmer public schools in president of the massachusetts association of pupil transportation drew. Thanks to you too. Thanks so much. It just got easier. And more affordable for some trans and non binary residents to get gender affirming healthcare in massachusetts. That's thanks to changes by mass health. Effective september first they issued updates to what's considered medically necessary in gender affirming healthcare. And that means they have expanded. What mass health will cover here to talk more about these changes in coverage and what they could mean for our trans a non binary communities is dallas do car. She's a nurse practitioner and ceo of the organization trans health northampton which provides physical and mental health services to trans non binary gender diverse children and adults dallas. Thanks for joining us. Welcome to radio boston afternoon. Tci happy to be here. So dallas these changes in coverage include. I'm just gonna give some examples. Breast reduction surgery genital surgery speech language. Therapy how important are these changes. The ones that went into effect beginning of september. Four trans non binary residence while these. These changes are just really really important. And i wanna have a big thanks here to the trans health. Workgroup at mass health must hope us as these guidelines as you said to determine what care is deemed medically necessary and paid for and these gender affirming services. Really are lifesaving. Medicine right the improve mental health and they also save lives so by being able to cover many of these areas and also increased reimbursement. We're able to really expand care to the people who need it most and really ensure that they trans spokes general gender diverse folks and now binary folks are just able to get this lifesaving care and they don't have to deal with the financial hurdles that often have huge mental health impacts on individuals so dallas. So you've you've just put out the importance of it. So the next thing i want to understand is these changes are they. Incremental changes the next phase in a state. That's very forward thinking or is this tectonic shift in coverage for.

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"palmer public schools" Discussed on Radio Boston

Radio Boston

07:39 min | 9 months ago

"palmer public schools" Discussed on Radio Boston

"To assist in this effort. Well i think people already are think. There's the groups local groups community groups nonprofits. That are all going to work. These people large number of them that risk their lives to help support our efforts and pro democracies. they put their lives in jeopardy to help us. Not because we're the us but because they have such strong feelings on an. I'm sure profound disappointments about what happened in the country in terms of moving the country forward. I remember this. There was a person assisted Soldiers and when i was there the marines took me to a village and i was well protected by them. But it took me to a village to meet someone because they wanted me as congressman to thank this individual. Who's giving them information about where explosives were planted saving. Lives and so i did and i thank the person as they requested but i had one question to that man. I said you're risking your lives. And he really was. Why are you doing this. And he turned around and moved a young boy about eight years old in front of him and he said this is why this is my son. He's eight years old. I wanted to have an education. I want him to have a chance in like. I don't want him to have to live the life we're doing now without opportunity. Do you know if that man and his son made it out. I don't And i must tell you the odds were not rape because this was several years ago i do want to Move onto another issue that has strong local implications before were don congressman and that is infrastructure. Which sort of a hits like a thud after the conversation we were just having but it is still really important. There are two bills on the table. Smaller more focused bill larger three point. Five trillion dollar reconciliation were social infrastructure. Bill and understand the coalition's fragile And i want to know Are do you think one or both are ultimately going to make it to the president's desk. I think both will. I don't know what form the reconciliation bill will be in but for the one point two trillion dollar infrastructure bill. We're gonna take it up before the twenty-seven seven that was already agreed upon by the speaker in terms of when it would be taken up. We're not gonna have a great opportunity. The house to do anything with that was put together with such a fragile roofing of senators republican senators joining with democratic senators. I don't think that can be changed because we run the risk. If we change that and send it back to the senate of that falling apart. I do believe we'll be able to cobble enough support on the democratic side for a reconciliation package. This as you mentioned the margin is very thin. But i do think people will recognize this. Even if you don't get everything he wanted that people should realize this. They're hearing three and a half trillion dollars. How we're going to paper. That's over a ten year period number one number two. It's paid for what we did that. Republicans didn't do in two thousand seventeen with tax cut. We are Were showing how the revenues will be replaced to make up for that and and that's going to create some controversy. That might be something has to be. Changed the reconciliation bill to so our job is to move forward and i think we will with the one point two trillion dollar infrastructure. Bill if you want to call it. The bipartisan bill. Then move ahead with reconciliation. So i wanna follow up on on something that you said about. It's paid for People might think three point. Five trillion dollars is a lot of money. Let's on that for just a couple of quick questions in the smaller package. The one point five trillion markey's office has told us about eight billion from massachusetts. Then we're talking about the big one is well. Massachusetts has spent less than two hundred million of the five billion dollars in pandemic relief. We've already received. We're hearing stories. Federally about almost ninety percent of reynolds instance money yet to be distributed. So i can. We get the money out money of this magnitude i recognize. It's over ten years. But i think it's still fair question. Well i think that would be little trouble. Getting infrastructure related money out. And what's there in. Reconciliation will get out some of the hangups on money not spent if you look at the whole country. It takes two to tango so the federal government has money. It's their some states aren't acting as they for policy reasons or the inability to deal with issues. They are acting the infrastructure money. They will act on the money. That will be there reconciliation. They will act on. We're already benefiting from a tax cut to families with children. That's nothing short a historic and that money is now coming families monthly. So it's being spent as they needed for basic needs but pre k. Money which to me is the best money we can spend value is that money will save a so much money and improve the lives of families but also improve our economy going forward I represent the oldest district outside of florida a lot of the money for hong care and seniors to keep them in their halls when the alternative is expensive nursing. Home in medicaid costs. So you're expressing optimism that the money will get out. I think i'm also mindful just because of the magnitude that we're talking about congressman of the big dig twenty two billion dollars delays safety issues overspending. So i do want to ask as the legislation comes together. Will it includes sort of accountability and oversight mechanisms That are important. I think to to voters y- you mentioned. The guy was in state senate. The timing was pushing very hard to keep our state oversight in place part of that process to get the money out quicker. We sold away leading the state our some of our oversight over the project just to get it out some of this money. Alleged portion is going to go from the federal government to state government to utilize itself so that state oversight will be in place as well as federal oversight. So you'll have dual of oversight. I think that were capable that anything of that magnitude even small things demands that kind of oversight. So it'll be there but it'll be there much of it on dual levels all right. That is congressman. Bill keating he represents the massachusetts ninth congressional district the south shore south coast cape cod and the islands and he served on the house committee on foreign affairs and the house armed. Services committee congressman. I appreciate your time. Thank you she see on. Thank you very much. As of today. Members of massachusetts national guard are driving school buses in lawrence and lynn. This after governor. Charlie baker activated the guard monday to help with shortages and chelsea lawrence lowland and linz since then worcester woburn quincy and revere of also signed up about one hundred twenty guard members of trained and receive their licenses mostly to drive these special seven de school bus transport while they're really vans vehicles that take students with a variety of special needs to school. So how did we get here. We welcome superintendent. I'll meet a beta of chelsea public schools and drew damian director of transportation facility rental palmer public schools. He's also the president of the massachusetts association of pupil transportation. Superintendent obata welcome back. Thank you with always nice to be here good to have you andrew. Welcome to the show. Thank you for having good afternoon. So superintendent abate. I'm going to start with you. Take us to the moment when you heard that the governor was going to bring up the national guard to drive school buses. What did you think..

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"palmer public schools" Discussed on Radio Boston

Radio Boston

05:23 min | 9 months ago

"palmer public schools" Discussed on Radio Boston

"As of today members of the massachusetts national guard are driving school buses lawrence and lynn. This after governor. Charlie baker activated the guard monday to help with shortages and chelsea lawrence lowell and linz since then worcester woburn quincy and revere also signed up about a hundred twenty guard members of trained and receive their licenses mostly to drive these special seventy school bus transport while they're really vans vehicles that take students with a variety of special needs to school. So how did we get here. We welcome superintendent. I'll meet a beta of chelsea public schools and drew damian director of transportation and facility rental palmer public schools. He's also the president of the massachusetts association of pupil transportation. Superintendent obata welcome back. Thank you with always nice to be here good to have you andrew. Welcome to the show. Thank you for having me. good afternoon. So superintendent debate. I'm going to start with you. Take us to the moment when you heard that the governor was going to bring up the national guard to drive school buses. What did you think in. How quickly did you sign on. Well i received a call actually just always last week So everything has been moving very fast. And so when i received a call. Hey would you. Would you be interested in this. And i had no idea what my other colleagues superintendent call leads were doing but when i heard it i'm an i'm receiving phone calls over here. At central office are buses are running late parents or upset because Whatever reason and i was like absolutely signed me up so I was excited just to get all any any help. That i could get so Where's this very grateful for The commissioner and our governor for for thinking out of the box and being creative and finding a solution to help us so drew two questions. I want to ask you at once. I think it lasts because of what the superintendent just said thinking outside of the box. I admit when i first heard it i thought wow that cannot be typical to have national guards. People driving school buses. Am i wrong or is this pretty out of the box. This is pretty outside box. actually we You know around the state. When this i was an inst- A lot of eyebrows did go up in the air But one of the things that that i like to Say as i represent the districts. in ma pt is. We need to think outside the box. We need to think with the glass..

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