Bruce Tarr Massachusetts Senate Minority Leader
Donate Now

Bruce Tarr In the News

MEDIA ALERT

Senate TV ~ Live

With a drastic increase to the Massachusetts unemployment insurance rate taking effect during the first quarter, House and Senate Republican lawmakers have filed legislation to freeze the unemployment insurance rate at its current level. The move comes after continued inaction from the Democratic-led Legislature to act on preventing an increase to the unemployment insurance rate paid by thousands of small businesses across the Commonwealth.
With a drastic increase to the Massachusetts unemployment insurance rate taking effect during the first quarter, House and Senate Republican lawmakers have filed legislation to freeze the unemployment insurance rate at its current level. The move comes after continued inaction from the Democratic-led Legislature to act on preventing an increase to the unemployment insurance rate paid by thousands of small businesses across the Commonwealth. see full press release
Today’s progress report from the Child Welfare League makes it clear that we have substantial work to do to reform the Department of Children and Families, and to ensure that the health, safety, and well-being of vulnerable children are not jeopardized by this agency. see full press release
Confronting a situation that has recently been highlighted by travel and other expenses incurred by commissioners and employees at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), Assistant Minority Leader Robert Hedlund (R-Weymouth), Senate Minority Whip Donald Humanson (R-Westfield), and Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham), the Ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Ways and Means are filing legislation this week that would further regulate expenditures made by state employees. see full press release
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate Republican Caucus today secured the passage of a series of initiatives designed to assist the Commonwealth’s veterans, active duty service personnel and their families. see full press release
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate Republican Caucus is calling on State Auditor Suzanne Bump to conduct an audit of the Patrick Administration’s methodology for counting the number of jobs created in Massachusetts, following reports that the Administration has been inflating the official jobs figures for 2011 by nearly fourfold. see full press release
BOSTON – Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) released the following statement today concerning the state’s job growth rate, following the release of revised job figures for 2011 by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and a report by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce that shows the state posted 0.4 % job growth from January of 2011-January of 2012, well below the national rate of 1.5 % during that same time period: see full press release
BOSTON – Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) released the following statement today following the scheduling of a meeting with stakeholders to discuss loopholes in the Commonwealth's unemployment insurance benefits program costing municipalities scarce public dollars, and the recent announcement by Governor Patrick on the filing of an unemployment insurance benefits bill. Executive Director Geoffrey Beckwith of the Massachusetts Municipal Association and a coalition of municipal officials will be attending a meeting at the State House with Senate Republicans on Wednesday, March 14th at 11:00am. see full press release
Boston- Responding to issues brought to light by municipal officials concerning the Commonwealth's unemployment insurance benefits program, the Senate Republican Caucus has invited Geoffrey Beckwith of the Massachusetts Municipal Association and a coalition of municipal officials to the State House to assist in the exploration of whether a legislative package is needed to ensure the proper expenditure of precious taxpayer dollars to those who truly need it. see full press release
BOSTON – Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) and Senate Ways and Means Vice Chairman Steven A. Baddour (D-Methuen) reached out to the Boston City Council today in an attempt to “correct some of the inaccuracies and misconceptions surrounding the Senate’s habitual offender bill” and to request the Council’s support for the incarceration of violent repeat offenders. see full press release
BOSTON – Led by House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R- North Reading) and Senate Minority Leader Bruce E. Tarr (R-Gloucester), the Republican Legislative Caucus has proposed an innovative jobs package aimed at cultivating economic growth in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. see full press release
BOSTON –The New England Association of Chiefs of Police (NEACOP) has unanimously endorsed the EZ-ID bill filed by Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester... see full press release
BOSTON – During yesterday’s full formal Senate session, the Massachusetts State Senate passed an unemployment insurance tax rate freeze for the upcoming year, an initiative first proposed by the Republican Legislative Caucus. see full press release
BOSTON – Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) today renewed his call for the passage of legislation regulating the use of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. see full press release
Once again, North Shore 104.9 and State Senator Bruce Tarr will hit the road collecting toys for children on the North Shore and broadcasting live all day. This year’s Holiday Toy Drive will take place on Thursday, December 15th from 6:00am to 6:00pm from ten locations on the North Shore. The live broadcast will feature local entertainment, school choirs and bands, great food, interviews with local officials and even Santa Claus will be on the road helping the cause. see full press release
Boston- Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) today joined with Senator Katherine Clark (D-Melrose) and several co-sponsors to amend the gaming bill (S.2015) now being debated by the senate to direct new gaming revenues toward addressing inequities in local educational funding, and ensuring that all school districts receive a minimum of 17.5% of the amount the state requires them to spend from the state. see full press release
BOSTON – Responding to the proposed closure and relocation of Gloucester District Court, Senator Bruce Tarr has secured the Senate’s backing for keeping the local court open pending a review by the new civilian court administrator. see full press release
BOSTON – Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) and State Representative James E. Vallee (D-Franklin) announced today they will be filing legislation requiring the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) to provide special active duty license plates to Massachusetts residents currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. see full press release
NORTH ANDOVER - Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) was recently recognized by Protect Mass Children for his years of advocacy in support of passing stronger state laws to protect children from sexual predators. see full press release
BOSTON - With the recent arrest of habitual traffic offender and road menace Paul Baran, Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), House Minority Leader Brad Jones (R-North Reading) and members of both the Senate and House GOP caucuses are taking legislative action to keep habitual offenders off the road. They have filed legislation that would provide the registrar of motor vehicles with the tools to adequately punish convicted habitual traffic offenders with longer suspensions that could result in a lifetime license revocation for the worst violators. see full press release
BOSTON – With Beacon Hill leaders working to come to an agreement on an expanded gaming bill for release in the fall, the Massachusetts Senate Republican Caucus is trying to ensure that the process will include ample time for legislators and the public to consider the content of any bill that becomes the subject of debate. see full press release
The Massachusetts Senate has approved a Republican-backed initiative requiring the state to move toward a zero-based budgeting process beginning in Fiscal Year 2017. see full press release
Senate Republicans have filed a series of amendments designed to give the state’s taxpayers a better sense of how their tax dollars are being spent by promoting cost-saving measures and requiring more transparency and accountability in the handling of the state’s finances. see full press release
Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) has been appointed to serve on a six-member conference committee charged with drafting the final version of a comprehensive reform bill targeted at improving efficiency in the state’s trial courts and eliminating abuses and improprieties in the Probation Department. see full press release
The Senate adopted a series of probation reforms offered by the Senate Republican Caucus today, incorporating the GOP proposals into a comprehensive probation reform and court reorganization bill that passed unanimously. see full press release
The Senate Republican Caucus has filed a series of amendments designed to improve the management of the state’s trial court and to provide more transparency and accountability within the probation department. see full press release
The Merrimack River Beach Alliance (MRBA) has unanimously adopted a resolution outlining a plan of action for the reconstruction of two jetties that are adversely impacting the coastal dunes of the communities of Salisbury, Newburyport and Newbury. see full press release
The Massachusetts Senate has approved a Republican Caucus proposal to provide cities and towns with preliminary Fiscal Year 2012 local aid figures no later than April 14. see full press release
Senate Republicans are offering a series of Medicaid reforms designed to crack down on rampant waste and abuse in the state’s Health Safety Net program uncovered by the Inspector General. see full press release
Offer budget proposal to preserve fishing jobs and make facility selfsustaining see full press release
Responding favorably to a request by the Massachusetts Senate Republican Caucus, the Joint Committee on Transportation has agreed to hold two oversight hearings to investigate recent service interruptions and delays that have plagued the MBTA’s commuter rail system. The see full press release
Say NH treatment plant should be held accountable for MA cleanup costs see full press release
Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) has announced the following Republican committee assignments for the 2011-2012 legislative session: Senate Assistant Minority Leader Robert L. Hedlund (R-Weymouth) has been named to the Senate Committee on Post Audit & Oversight and the Senate Committee on Global Warming & Climate Change. Hedlund will also serve as a member of the Joint Committees on Children, Families & Persons with Disabilities; Community Development & Small Business; Elder Affairs; Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture; Housing; Labor & Workforce Development; Public Health; and Transportation. see full press release
Seeking to infuse the redistricting process with objectivity and avoid the legal challenges that have tarnished the process in the past, the Senate Republican Caucus is calling for the establishment of an independent redistricting commission to assist lawmakers in the drawing of new legislative boundaries for members of Congress, the Legislature and the Governor’s Council. see full press release
STATE HOUSE
Bruce E. Tarr, Senate Minority Leader
Massachusetts State House, Room 308
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: (617) 722-1600
Fax: (617) 722-1310
Website:Commonwealth of Massachusetts
OFFICE HOURS ROWLEY
Rowley Town Hall Annex
39 Central Street
Every Wednesday 9:30am - 2:30pm
OFFICE HOURS GLOUCESTER
Rose Baker Senior Center
6 Manuel F. Lewis St.
Last Friday / Month 12:30 - 1:30pm

Gloucester City Hall
9 Dale Avenue
3rd floor conference room
2nd & 4th Tuesdays / Month 6pm
(1 hour prior to City Council Meetings)