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Kaitlyn C. Sprague

Director of Government Relations

KCSprague@mlstrategies.com

+1.617.348.1609

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Kaitlyn is a Director of Government Relations at ML Strategies. With eleven years of experience in legislative affairs and Massachusetts state government, Kaitlyn brings a deep understanding of legislative proceedings, especially regarding the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Governor’s Office. 

Prior to joining ML Strategies, Kaitlyn was the Legislative Director in Governor Baker’s Office of Legislative Affairs. There, she drove the Governor’s legislative agenda from filing to passage, through bipartisan coalition building, legislative strategy sessions, and consistent communication with the legislature. Additionally, she coordinated with the Governor’s Legal Office to facilitate the ten day review of over 1,300 enacted bills over three sessions by identifying support and opposition for each to provide the Governor with sound recommendations. She also managed a team of nine Legislative Directors, overseeing the legislative interactions of each of the Secretariats. Prior to her position in the Governor’s Office of Legislative Affairs, Kaitlyn acted as the Legislative Director to Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones Jr. While there, she led a team of analysts that were responsible for covering all legislative committees as well as drafting policy positions and drafting amendments on all major legislation, including minimum wage and domestic violence reform, redistricting, and various borrowing bills. 

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School (JD, cum laude)
  • Boston College (BA)

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Congress has passed another coronavirus relief package, the American Rescue Plan (ARP), which allocates significant funding to states to address shortfalls experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these dollars are specifically allocated – in other words, they are already earmarked for funding particular, specific public sectors like transportation or for private uses like the hard hit restaurant and hospitality industry.
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Only a handful of states have sought to tax digital advertising, and the path forward is murky at best due to practical considerations, federal preemption and constitutional questions. However, there are at least 4 bills filed for the 2021-2022 legislative session in Massachusetts that would implement a tax on a company that advertises on a digital platform.
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During his annual State of the Commonwealth address, Governor Charlie Baker highlighted the heroic work of frontline workers and first responders throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, while reminding the Commonwealth that though we are close, we are not out of the dark quite yet. Gov. Baker’s FY2022 (“H1”) budget recommendations support that perspective and indicates the state is still feeling the economic impacts of the pandemic.
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The fiscal year 2021 (“FY2021”) budget process has been anything but typical.  Shortly after Governor Baker’s budget proposal was released in January, the COVID-19 pandemic struck, reorienting the legislative calendar for the remainder of the 2019-2020 legislative session. 
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Governor Charlie Baker just announced he is extending COVID-19 Order No. 13 that mandates the closure of non-essential businesses.  This order, initially set to expire on April 7th, was extended to Monday, May 4th.  This order will officially take effect tomorrow, April 1st at noon. 
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House Speaker Robert DeLeo addressed the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce today, highlighting the progress the Massachusetts House of Representatives has made amidst unprecedented times and a global pandemic.
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Today, the Baker-Polito Administration’s Reopening Advisory Board published their report outlining a 4-phase schedule for reopening the Commonwealth since the closure of non-essential businesses on March 23.  The plan is coupled with a new “Safer at Home” advisory, replacing the current “Stay at Home” advisory, to allow people to use the reopened businesses and services with stringent safety protocols in place.
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Economists create graphs, charts and projections on the economy daily, crafting commentary to explain the ebbs and flows of market success and failures based on a variety of factors.  That is no longer the case as the nation battles the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”). 
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This week, Governor Charlie Baker issued COVID-19 Order No. 19, “Order Regarding the Conduct of Shareholder Meetings by Public Companies.  This Order, which is effective immediately, suspends certain requirements of M.G.L. chapter 156D, section 7.08 that relate to shareholder meetings by remote means.
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Governor Charlie Baker just announced he is extending COVID-19 Order No. 13 that mandates the closure of non-essential businesses.  This order, initially set to expire on April 7th, was extended to Monday, May 4th.  This order will officially take effect tomorrow, April 1st at noon.