Donation Matching Challenge to Boost ACLU Voting Rights Work in Massachusetts

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BOSTON — The ACLU of Massachusetts announced that Steve Kay and Lisbeth Tarlow have offered a matching challenge of up to $50,000 to fuel the ACLU's fight for democracy.
 
"November's election is not just critical for civil liberties; it may well determine the future of our democracy," Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts said. "The ACLU has been at the frontlines to protect and expand the right to vote for all eligible voters—and the funds we raise will help us keep up the fight. We hope that this significant gift will encourage other ACLU supporters to make an investment in civil liberties at this crucial time in our nation's history."
 
For 100 years, the ACLU has worked to promote access to the ballot and fight voter suppression. This unprecedented election season, the ACLU has filed over 30 legal actions in 20 states to ensure safe access to the ballot in November. Here in Massachusetts, the ACLU worked with voting rights organizations and lawmakers to pass legislation to enable widespread voting by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic. In advance of the general election, the ACLU of Massachusetts is training hundreds of poll monitors to help protect in-person voting across the Commonwealth.
 
Recognizing this moment, Kay and Tarlow will match every donation up to $50,000. People who donate to the ACLU of Massachusetts through Nov. 3 will have their gift doubled.
 
"Now more than ever, the ACLU is an essential institution whose work protects the rights of everyone in this country," Kay said. "Giving to the ACLU of Massachusetts means helping people exercise and maintain their voting rights. Lis and I proud to play a role in helping the ACLU ensure everyone has access to the ballot this November and beyond."
 
 
For more information about the ACLU of Massachusetts, go to: http://www.aclum.org
 

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State Announces Final Order on Eversource Gas Rates

BOSTON — The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has issued a final Order in a rate case for NSTAR Gas Company, doing business as Eversource Energy, that will lead to investments in clean energy technologies, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and improvements in infrastructure safety and service reliability, while significantly reducing the total rate increase request of Eversource. 
 
The action by the DPU follows a year-long investigation that included four public hearings across Eversource Energy's service territory, 12 days of virtual evidentiary hearings, and a review of approximately 1,800 exhibits. The Order applies only to customers who are provided gas service in NSTAR's territory in 51 towns in Eastern and Central Massachusetts and does not impact customers in the former Columbia Gas of Massachusetts gas service territory.
 
The DPU's Order reduced Eversource's base revenue request by approximately $12.2 million – decreasing Eversource's original requested increase of $34,970,916 by 35 percent. Today's decision marks the first time that Eversource's gas base distribution rates have changed since 2016.
 
"Today's Order will ensure Massachusetts continues to lead the way by investing and providing affordable, clean, and reliable energy solutions to ratepayers," DPU Chairman Matthew Nelson said. "Building on the Department's investigation into the future of natural gas in the Commonwealth's energy portfolio, the Order will also result in new clean energy options for residents to help Massachusetts achieve its aggressive emissions reduction goals."
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