It is important that all our neighbors across Mt. Pleasant, Valley, and Elmhurst are informed about the different resources, statewide policies, and advocacy efforts impacting our community.
This is why I've organized a collection of all my monthly newsletters and email briefings (34 and counting).
I hope you find this information helpful so please feel free to share this with your neighbors.
For Mid-June, I shared my summary on the FY23 State Budget. Overall, the FY23 budget is worth $13.6 billion and addresses several important issues from improving Medicaid, mental health initiatives, affordable housing, tax relief, healthcare infrastructure, and much more!
For June, I shared information on the special election happening in Providence (the Pension Obligation Bond proposal), the future of our public utility system, community Pride celebrations, upcoming library events, and a fun carnival happening in Mt. Pleasant!
For Mid-May, I shared updates regarding the future of legalized cannabis, new voting policies through the passage of the 'Let RI Vote' Act, an exciting neighborhood event featuring FREE professional headshots, and summer job opportunities for our Providence youth.
For May 2022, I provided legislative updates related to important bills that the Senate has passed the House has not yet. In addition, I shared details about our upcoming Community Town Hall Meeting and a fun neighborhood event for 'Free Comic Book Day' featuring Spider-Man!
For April 2022, I shared updates on my legislation to hold large private universities financially accountable to our community, an upcoming Jazz concert at Mt. Pleasant Library, and details on our April Community Town Hall Meeting.
For March 2022, I shared updates regarding healthcare legislation we just passed, my bills to limit utility costs, our upcoming April Town Hall, and important community resources, such as: free tax-filings, our library's upcoming book sale, the DMV's contest for determining our new license plate design, and an information session regarding lead paint removal for homeowners.
For February 2022, I shared exciting updates regarding legislation I've introduced, a new small business you should visit, information about the impending hospital merger, and a series of community resources (Mt. Pleasant Little League Season, PPSD Meal Distributions, and Mt. Pleasant Library's Knitting Club).
For January 2022, I shared sharing information related to ARPA Relief Funds, the start of the new legislative session, redistricting, a new federal program to receive free at-home COVID tests, assistance for homeowners, virtual workshops for gardening hosted by Mt. Pleasant Library, and much more!
For Mid-December 2021, I provided an overview of the upcoming 2022 legislative session, the Governor's proposal for ARPA Relief Funds, the transfer of our utility system (from National Grid to the PPL Corporation), and details regarding our January 2022 Town Community Meeting.
For December 2021, I shared updates related to our state's potential hospital merger between Care New England and Lifespan, the COVID Booster, my weekly community office hours, and fun Christmas events happening in our Mt. Pleasant and Elmhurst neighborhood!
For November 2021, I shared updates related to Providence Public Schools (Annual RICAS Scores), highlighted one of our local bakeries, an opportunity to get involved with a city advisory council, and Mt. Pleasant Library's annual comic book festival!
For October 2021, I shared details about our monthly Town Hall Community Meeting, opportunities to engage in our local/state government, Medicare resources, and fun library events (Latino Heritage Celebration and a Fundrive)!
On September 27th, Representative David Morales (District 7) and Senator Sam Bell (District 5) hosted their 6th Community Town Hall meeting to discuss the federal relief funding that the State of Rhode Island and City of Providence received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). They heard ideas from community members on how this money should be used and answered questions.
Review detailed notes from this Town Hall.
For this newsletter, I discussed our sixth Community Town Hall, the recent ARPA federal funding our State has received, Rent Relief RI, a small business in Mt. Pleasant that I recommend you try, and more!
For this newsletter, I discussed our fifth Community Town Hall with State Senator Sam Bell along with a Community Clean-Up we hosted in Mt. Pleasant!
For this newsletter, I reviewed some important community resources (Rent Relief and COVID Vaccines), upcoming events in the neighborhood, and an opportunity to advocate against the greed of health insurance companies.
For this newsletter, I discussed my fourth Community Town Hall with State Senator Sam Bell as we prepared to debrief on the 2021 legislative session.
For this newsletter, I shared some of the important legislation and budget articles we passed this year! This involved: a higher minimum wage, affordable housing funding, limiting the cost of prescription drugs, and investments for higher education.
For this newsletter, I provided legislative updates related to the $15 minimum wage and tax-exemptions. In addition, I shared a community clean-up happening in Elmhurst and eligibility updates for the COVID-19 Vaccine.
For this newsletter, I shared policy updates related to the Governor's proposed budget and COVID-related legislation. I also provided updates related to our state's small business relief and rent/utility relief programs.
For this newsletter, I share our March Town Hall where we discuss the Governor's proposed Budget and updates related to the COVID-19 Vaccine.
For this newsletter, I shared updated important information related to the distribution of the COVID-19 Vaccine, the March Special Election related to bond approvals, and legislative updates.
For this newsletter, I provided details about signing up to stay informed about COVID Vaccine eligibility and opportunities to become involved in the legislative process through advocacy.
For this newsletter, I shared details about our January Town Hall with Senator Sam Bell, the legislation I've introduced during my first month in the State House, and initial details about our March Special Election.
Alongside other Providence Legislators, David met with the RI Dept. of Education and the Providence Public School Dept. The meeting centered around the partnership between RIDE and PPSD along with their 'Turnaround Action Plan' to improve student outcomes.
David met with Superintendent Peters to discuss the conditions of our Providence Public Schools, what the State Legislature can do to help, and the different initiatives PPSD is working on.
Please keep the Sandoval family in your thoughts and prayers. As our neighbors take the time to recover and grieve, I hope our community can come together to support them through financial assistance and/or household donations.