Western Massachusetts lawmakers discuss ways they can improve their districts

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Five western Massachusetts Democrats on Friday talked to 22News about bills that they’re working on. 

They compared education funding proposals, economic development plans, and ideas about the east-west rail service.

“There’s no Democrat or Republican, its western mass first, we think about what our region needs and what our community needs so for me one of the things I’ve been focusing on quite a lot in conjunction with the other western mass colleagues is rail service,” Senator Lesser said. 

All of the lawmakers agree that rail service from Boston to the western part of the state would open up more employment and housing opportunities. They also addressed recent challenges to homeowners. 

“One of the ones that I’m very happy that my colleagues are supportive of is that crumbling foundations issue,” Senator Gobi said. 

Unsafe home conditions are not just safety hazards, they pose a risk to public health as well. 

“In addition to supporting my colleagues’ efforts I’ll be chairing the Public Health committee for the Senate,” Senator Comerford said. 

“We wanna make sure that everything from our gateway cities to our smallest towns are taken care of,” said Senator Hinds. 

“When one issue affects one of our districts it typically really effects all of our districts and all of our constituents,” Senator Welch said. 

The group agreed to work to bring more resources to people in the western part of the state, whether that’s through local aid or direct interactions with their constituents. 

While not at Friday’s meeting, Westfield State Senator Don Humason told 22News he agrees with his colleagues ‘that western Massachusetts will not be forgotten.’

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