Denise Provost

State Representative
27th Middlesex District
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Climate Change Action,
Clean Energy, & Environmental Health
Civil Rights, Liberty & 
Justice, & Accountable Government
Public Education,
Life-long Learning, &
Arts & Culture
Living Wages,
Tax Fairness, Jobs &
Real Prosperity
Mass Transit,
Affordable Housing,
& a True Safety Net
Health Care for All, Prevention,
& Access to Treatment Options

To learn what bills I sponsored in the current legislative session, please visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website.


Somerville’s Proposed Zoning Changes: My Cautionary Comments, and your Opportunity to Speak Up

December 10, 2018

The deadline for commenting on our proposed zoning changes is this Wednesday, December 12, 2018.  I’m aware that just trying to read the new zoning ordinance is a challenge – it’s big, technical, and rather abstract. But it will make significant and lasting changes in our city, which are important to understand.


I feel that my own review barely scratched the surface of the new zoning. My comments to the Board of Aldermen are now up on the home page of my website. If you’re interested, take a look.

Somerville Students in Urgent Need of Winter Wear – CAN YOU HELP?

December 10, 2018

If you’re looking for a way to support local families, the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative’s (SFLC) Community Clothing Closet is in urgent need of new or gently-used winter hats, gloves, boots, pants, and jackets for boys and girls from preschool through high school. Located in the Cummings School building at 42 Prescott Street in Somerville, the Clothing Closet is available to the students and families of the Somerville Public Schools. The Clothing Closet is open to receive donations on Mondays and Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (except during school vacations or closings).

Francia Reyes, the SFLC’s Basic Needs Liaison, explains, “Each week, the Clothing Closet assists an average of 25 Somerville families.” It is open to the community every Thursday from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Francia can also receive donations and work with families by appointment outside of the noted hours. She can be reached at 617-625-6600, x6994 or

Massachusetts Named a National Leader for Working Families

December 10, 2018

Recently, Oxfam America released its “Best States to Work Index,” a new report ranking states with the strongest laws affecting workers and workplaces. The organization also published an interactive website that ranks state initiatives to keep working families out of poverty. The report rates Washington, D.C., Washington State, California, and Massachusetts as the best places to work, due to their progressive laws on wages, worker protections, and the right to organize.

Yes, our state still has far to go - but compared to most of the rest of the nation, we are doing well. The Massachusetts legislature has, in recent sessions: raised our minimum wage again; instituted paid sick leave; created a domestic workers’ bill of rights; and laid the groundwork for ending the pay gap between women and men who do equivalent work. I’m proud of our efforts to fight income inequality, and provide decent wages and benefits for our hard-working people.

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