Fighting for jobs, small businesses
As the chief financial officer of a small, family-owned engineering firm in Hanover for 23 years, Representative Nyman understands that the vibrancy of our communities depends on the success of our small businesses. She knows the challenges facing business leaders every day as they struggle to meet their payroll and provide health care benefits for their employees because she's done it herself. She has advocated for our small businesses and has supported job creation throughout the Commonwealth.
The passage of the unemployment insurance rate freeze legislation will save the average employer $141 per employee. Each business is required to pay into the unemployment insurance fund and stopping the scheduled increase helps ease the burden on small businesses during these tough fiscal times.
As our State Representative, Rhonda secured $4.6 million for the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department and Correctional Facility (PCSD) in Spring 2012. The PCSD was facing a deficit and with the reality of having to cut jobs and close part of the facility. By securing this funding for them, they were able to save jobs and protect the vital services that the PCSD provides for our local police and fire departments.
Rhonda fought hard alongside Senator John Keenan to secure $535,740 in MassWorks state infrastructure funding for the creation of a water line along the East-West Parkway at SouthField. The inclusion of the water line will create opportunities for new businesses and job growth in the Weymouth Street, Reservoir Park Drive and Hingham Street commercial corridor.
Representative Nyman has also supported the development of Southfield, the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station. This property includes parts of Rockland, Abington and Weymouth and the development of the 1,4000-acre community will create an estimated 10,000 local jobs between construction and commercial opportunities once it is completed.
Rhonda was also proud to support the long-awaited passage of the expanded gaming legislation in November 2011 will create an estimated 15,000 jobs throughout the Commonwealth.
In addition to working for our small businesses and paying attention to job growth, Rhonda is proud to have supported a comprehensive economic development and jobs bill that strengthens the innovation economy and invests in the Massachusetts workforce and infrastructure. This legislation creates an efficient MassWorks Infrastructure Program, which will simplify the process for our communities in applying for funding.