MA House Speaker, Robert DeLeo, and Jenny Johnson discuss on this edition of Comcast Newsmakers." />
Marijuana law, Opioid, Education- 5:31
MA Speaker of the House
Posted Dec 16, 2016
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The ballot question that legalized marijuana, the state budget, the opioid crisis, education and the Bay State Business Link initiative are the topics MA House Speaker, Robert DeLeo, and Jenny Johnson discuss on this edition of Comcast Newsmakers.
Many veterans come home from conflicts suffering from depression or PTSD; and too many find themselves without a home. Soldier On works with veterans to secure homes and mental health. Soldier On, CEO, Jack Downing, discusses the challenge on Newsmakers.
The U.S Postal Service has been operating at a loss, quarter after quarter. Decreased mail volume is a key reason for the decline. As the USPS looks to new services to increase its revenue, some are saying that Postal Reform is needed to reduce costs. A discussion with Michi Iljazi, Communications and Policy Manager at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.
Iljazi states, "Over the last several years, we've seen over $50 billion in revenue losses by the Postal Service. And ... we re seeing them break into new services, and that costs money, too. And when they re not making money on the new services, it s very difficult to make money on the services they re designed to perform in the first place."
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America's political landscape continues to change. With the Asian American and Pacific Islander community expected to reach more than 20 million people by the end of this year, overcoming voting barriers is critical for this population. With Christine Chen, Executive Director of the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) Vote.
In discussing voting barriers, Chen stated, "As we're celebrating the 50th Anniversary... of the Voting Rights Act, we understand that piece of legislation also eventually allowed language assistance."
Visit Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote on the web at www.APIAVote.org or www.Facebook.com/APIAVote or follow at www.Twitter.com/APIAVote.
It's been 50 years since the enactment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Spencer Overton, President of The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies discusses the state of the minority vote a half century later, and its impact on the future of race, politics and voting rights.
Overton commented, "Voting is more racially polarized now than it was back in the 1960's... in terms of party voting and then also if you look into local elections... race is the most significant factor."
Visit the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies at www.JointCenter.org or on Facebook or follow Spencer Overton on twitter www.twitter.com/SpencerOverton.