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Taylor C. Shepherd

Manager of Government Relations

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Prior to joining ML Strategies, Taylor worked as a Budget Analyst at the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.  At the Department, she worked closely with the Chief Financial Officer and Budget Director to develop reporting mechanisms to project payroll, monitor operational spending and facilitate Western, Central and Northeastern Massachusetts regional areas in their spending and personnel ventures. 

Previously, Taylor worked as a Legislative Aide and then as a Fiscal Policy Analyst for the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee at the Massachusetts State House.  Under the former House Chair, Taylor worked to draft policy and budgetary recommendations relating to the mental health, developmental disabilities and judiciary accounts within the FY2017 and FY2018 annual state budgets.

Taylor graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.  At Salve, Taylor double majored in Political Science and Religious and Theological Studies while playing four years of Division III women’s ice hockey. 

Education

  • Salve Regina University (BA, cum laude)

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Massachusetts’ Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo Delivers Remote Chamber Address on Vision for the Remainder of Legislative Session

May 21, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Caitlin Beresin, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

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Massachusetts’ Reopening Advisory Board Releases Reopening Report

May 18, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Kaitlyn Sprague, Caitlin Beresin, Taylor Shepherd

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.
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The Sobering Truth behind COVID-19’s Impact on Massachusetts’ Annual Budget

April 20, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Caitlin Beresin, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

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”). Economist’s projections are at the mercy of the raging virus as many states enter “the surge”, compromising health care systems, learning institutions and local economies nationwide.
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What You Need to Know: State and Federal Updates Related to COVID-19

April 3, 2020 | Blog | By R. Neal Martin, Taylor Shepherd

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the nation, your team at ML Strategies continues to monitor legislative and regulatory updates at the federal and state level. Each week, ML Strategies will provide weekly updates from Massachusetts and Washington, DC to keep you informed and aware of relief opportunities and guidance for your businesses and companies.
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Massachusetts: Corporate Board of Directors and Shareholders Meetings Changes as a Result of COVID-19

April 1, 2020 | Blog | By Daniel Connelly, Steven Baddour, Caitlin Beresin, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

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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BREAKING NEWS: Governor Baker Extends Non-Essential Business Closures until Monday, May 4th

March 31, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Caitlin Beresin, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

Governor Charlie Baker just announced he is extending his executive order that mandates the closure of non-essential businesses.
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UPDATED: Massachusetts Mandates Closure of All Non-Essential Businesses Effective Tuesday, March 24th at Noon

March 23, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Kaitlyn Sprague, Caitlin Beresin, Taylor Shepherd

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Financial Relief for the Small Business Community in Massachusetts

March 19, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Caitlin Beresin, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

The Baker Administration, along with prioritizing the medial professionals on the front lines of the fight against the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), have taken significant steps to relieve pressures on small businesses negatively impacted by the virus.  Most notably, opportunities through the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and other tax relief for small businesses including those in the restaurant and hospitality sectors.
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Massachusetts COVID-19 Update

March 16, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Caitlin Beresin, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

The Baker Administration continues to monitor the COVID-19 public health crisis, expanding almost daily on restrictions for schools, restaurants and several other places of business across the Commonwealth.  As these updates are constantly evolving, this post is meant to provide the most up to date announcements.
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COVID-19 Legislative Update - What Will Happen Between Now and July 31, 2020?

March 12, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Kaitlyn Sprague, Caitlin Beresin, Taylor Shepherd

As the nation continues to address the spread of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), several precautionary efforts are being taken to ensure citizens remain safe and reduce the prevalence of transmission to vulnerable individuals across the country.  As the Legislature and Executive Branch aggressively focus on COVID-19 related issues, your ML Strategies team will continue to monitor and engage state and local leaders on legislative and regulatory priorities by keeping lines of communication open on a daily basis with legislators and staff.
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