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Silver Legislature meeting May 17, 2005

... Home care project and circuit breaker bills discussed

from Anne MacGillivray

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 the Silver Legislature held its monthly meeting at the State House. Members were briefed on, and given literature on legislative updates. Detailed emphasis and discussion on the proposed Massachusetts Home Care project -- that is the seeking of $5,000,100 to enhance the program was addressed.

Silver President Sally Hoyt gave testimony to the Human Services and Elder Affairs Committees regarding the property tax exemption under the Circuit Breaker bill. She spoke on behalf of the Silver Legislature proposing an increase of the tax exemption to $750.00 a year. She stressed the importance of their seriousness in taking action with this issue, considering the current rising cost of living along with the real estate tax squeeze seniors are experiencing. She also reminded them of the effect it will also have on them, not too far down the road, when "they" become seniors, and that they better hope to become one, considering the alternative".

The Silver Legislature's meeting will be held on June 14, 2005 at the Cape, where they will be bringing legislative issues and their priority bills being presented to the General Court to the Councils on Aging in that area.

Anne MacGillivray
Silver Legislature Rep. for Melrose and precincts 3, 4, 5, and 6 Wakefield.
49 Melrose St., Apt. 1
Melrose, Ma 02176
Tel: 781-662-7956

June 3, 2005

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