Mass. Senate uses #SenBudget during debates

Rosenberg believes social media is just one way to create transparency

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Your state senators are using #SenBudget on the social networking site Twitter to connect with constituents and lobbyists as they debate what to do with your tax dollars.

“We wanted to really open things up, make it transparent and get people involved, and get them to have fun,” said Andrew Basler, New Media Manager for the Office of Senate President Stanley Rosenberg.

The Massachusetts Senate is taking advantage of social media as they debate the fiscal 2016 budget. It is the first year the State House is featuring a viewing area for the general public and lobbyists to watch the Senate budget debate in real time. There is also the option to watch a live stream of the debate from the comfort of your own home.

State Senator Don Humason (R-Westfield) said, “Facebook, Twitter, those are just great ways of reaching out to a lot of people at once, but we literally are just keeping up with the times.”

Share your thoughts with your state senator on Twitter. Use #SenBudget and your tweet could pop up on the Senate’s “Twitter Wall.”

“Whether it’s positive or negative, it’s always good to get feedback especially coming from Western Massachusetts because people typically don’t drive out to the State House to watch budget debate,” said State Sen. James Welch (D-West Springfield).

Senate President Stan Rosenberg believes social media is just one more way to create transparency in state government. The Senate is expected to wrap up the budget debates tonight. For a live stream of the debate, click here.

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