Highlights

Housing costs have risen far more quickly than incomes in most of the country. Few units were constructed between 1980 and 2010, and even fewer of those were smaller, more affordable, units. A forum on homelessness that the League co-sponsored in 2016 identified a great need for housing to reduce the number of homeless people. The proposal by the Valley Community Development Corporation is to help meet that need.

A program to promote open talk about climate change and suggest what individuals can do in the public arena.

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts supports several pieces of legislation that will benefit the Connecticut River and its environs. The first bill creates a statewide sewage discharge notification system and promotes awareness of sewage pollution in public waters (H751/S490). The second promotes water conservation during droughts by maintaining adequate water supplies through more effective drought management (H762/S535). The third bill establishes a "water-banking" fee on large scale water users, a measure that will provide for a sustainable water resources funds (H1761).

A March 28th meeting of the Voter Participation Stakeholders' Roundtable focussed on ways to improve voter participation by students.

Two proposed projects need our support.

A new coalition of organizations and individuals will advocate for affordable housing initiatives and provide information about housing issues and long-term solutions.

Nancy Eddy, a former Amherst selectman and the first president of the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA), will be honored during the opening session of the MMA's 40th Annual Meeting & Trade Show.

A new weekly show on Amherst Media, presented by LWV Amherst. Host Stan Rosenberg will interview players in both town and state government affairs.

What it is and how it began. This year the committee will focus on Affordable Housing, Racism, and Climate Change.

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