Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The veteran lawmaker and 96 of his colleagues are backing a $500 million transportation plan that seeks to do far less than the ambitious $1.9 billion tax increase the governor outlined in January.
State Rep. Ted Speliotis says that unlike down in the nation's capitol, Massachusetts has to live within its means. That's why he voted Monday night after about 10 hours of debate for a transportation bill and tax plan Gov. Deval Patrick has threatened to veto. The bill approved by the House of Representatives in a 97-55 vote would generate $500 million in new taxes in order to close the MBTA's operating deficit, stop borrowing money to pay for state transportation employees' salaries and invest another $100 million in the upkeep of local roads and sidewalks. The House plan, which fell several votes short of a veto-proof margin, would increase the gas tax by 3 cents, hike tobacco taxes and impose a tax on information technology services. …
Friday, March 22, 2013
The former Patriots quarterback is pushing to allow the purchase of specialty wines online in Massachusetts. Speliotis is the lead sponsor on a bill that would make that happen.
State Rep. Ted Speliotis (D-Danvers) met with former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe at the State House Thursday to discuss legislation that would allow consumers to buy wine online from vineyards all over the country. Bledsoe also met with state Rep. Brad Jones (R-North Reading) and Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop). Speliotis and Jones are lead sponsors of a bill that would replace a ban on shipments to consumers' homes, provided vineyards meet certain production requirements. "As the owner of a winery in his hometown of Walla Walla, Wash., Bledsoe is a strong supporter of the legislation," Speliotis said in announcing the meeting. Speliotis also represents West Peabody and part of Middleton. On Thursday, Bledsoe tweeted: "…
Monday, January 28, 2013
Peabody could see more state money if legislators approve the Fiscal 2014 budget proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick, but that's not a given at this point.
Within the ambitious state budget proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick last week, which seeks to focus on education and transportation funding, Peabody is slated to get a 2 percent increase in state aid. State Rep. Ted Speliotis (D-Danvers), who also represents West Peabody, called it a "good bump," but also warned that it may be a "tease" from Patrick, who is hoping to get legislators to approve a proposed increase in the income tax and so-called "sin taxes" on candy and cigarettes. Given the still sluggish state of the economy and job growth, he argues now is not the right time to raise taxes. New state Sen. Joan Lovely briefly addressed the proposed budget on Friday at a forum of North Shore small business owners. She was noncommittal in her …
Friday, November 30, 2012
State Rep. Ted Speliotis says thanks to voters for continuing to place their trust in him and extends best wishes to all during the holiday season.
Friday, November 30, 2012
As we begin the holiday season I wish to thank the voters of my district for their overwhelming support in this year’s election. I am honored and proud to represent your concerns at the State House and am reminded each day of the trust you have placed in me. The next few weeks and month are filled with family and community gatherings as we celebrate the holidays and express our appreciation and thanks to those around us for all they do on our behalf. June and I and our family extend to all of you the very best and offer our support and best wishes now and in the New Year. Please trust that I will continue to work hard on your behalf during the coming session and as always extend to you the invitation to please call or email your thoughts …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Ted Speliotis won reelection to represent the 13th Essex District in the state House of Representatives.
State Rep. Ted Speliotis (D-Danvers) breezed to a win on Tuesday night, winning his ninth straight term in the state House of Representatives. He was reelected in the race for the 13th Essex District seat. Speliotis swept all eight precincts in Danvers and won with 59 percent of the vote townwide to Republican challenger Dan Bennett’s 37 percent. He all took all four precincts in West Peabody and the precinct in Middleton that comprise the district.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Speliotis engaged in some back-and-forth debate with readers on several longstanding projects in the district.
State Rep. Ted Speliotis, who is engaged in a bid for his ninth consecutive term in office, fielded questions from Patch readers Wednesday afternoon on a wide range of topics, which included everything from the Route 128 project in Danvers to the new Higgins Middle School project in Peabody. At times, the discussion resembled more of a debate, as Speliotis and readers went back and forth over some local topics that have long been contentious. Speliotis (D-Danvers) has represented the district for 24 years in total, just not consecutively. He is being challenged again this year by Republican Danvers Selectman Dan Bennett. Click here for a full transcript from Wednesday's chat.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Speliotis is chatting live with Patch readers today from noon - 1 p.m.
State Rep. Ted Speliotis (D-Danvers) is running for his ninth consecutive term for the 13th Essex District, which represents Danvers, Ward 6 and Ward 5 Precinct 2 in Peabody and about half of Middleton. Login to the chat with your questions for Speliotis between noon and 1 p.m. A complete transcript will be available afterward.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The storm cleanup and power outages have forced the live chat with Dan Bennett on Patch to be rescheduled to Thursday.
Candidate for state representative Dan Bennett had been scheduled for a live chat on Patch on Tuesday, but due to Hurricane Sandy it has been postponed to Thursday. The decision was made by Patch in consultation with Bennett, due to the storm cleanup and power outages that remain. The chat will happen from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1. The format is a question-and-answer session over the course of an hour and readers can weigh in on either Danvers Patch or Peabody Patch. The district includes all of Danvers, Ward 6 and Ward 5 Precinct 2 in Peabody, and about half of Middleton. Bennett, a Republican, is challenging State Rep. Ted Speliotis, D-Danvers. Speliotis will chat live with Patch readers at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Ted Speliotis will be chatting live with readers on Oct. 31.
State Rep. Ted Speliotis, who is running for his ninth consecutive term for the 13th Essex District, will join us for a live chat Wednesday. The Danvers Democrat is being challenged again this year by Republican Danvers Selectman Dan Bennett. The format is a question-and-answer session over the course of an hour and readers can weigh in on either Danvers Patch or Peabody Patch. The district includes all of Danvers, Ward 6 and Ward 5 Precinct 2 in Peabody, and about half of Middleton. We'll do our best to get to as many questions as we can in that time. Come to either Danvers Patch or Peabody Patch between noon and 1 p.m. on Oct. 31 to chat with Speliotis. If you know ahead of time that you won't be able to join the chat live on Wednesday, …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Dan Bennett, a Danvers Selectman running against state Rep. Ted Speliotis, says the issue needs a common sense approach.
Monday, October 1, 2012
[Editor's Note: Dan Bennett is running against state Rep. Ted Speliotis for the 13th Essex District seat, which includes Ward 6 and Ward 5 Precinct 2 in Peabody, along with Danvers and about half of Middleton.] For over three years our motels in Danvers and other communities have been filled with homeless families. There are approximately 1,500 families statewide in motels at an average cost of $75 per night or $3,375,000 per month. This means you, the taxpayers, are spending over $40 million a year on motels well over the average market rate rent in the Boston area. Not only is this fiscally irresponsible, it is no way to raise a family. Living in one room with no stove to cook meals, no play area other than hallways and parking lots for …