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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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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. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to ML Strategies professionals who are closely monitoring developments as they happen.
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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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Health Care Forecast - Massachusetts Legislature

November 12, 2019 | Blog | By Caitlin Beresin, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

As the Legislature approaches the Holiday recess, health care costs and access continue to be at the forefront of the agenda. The Baker Administration released the VALUE Act on October 18th and the Senate filed the PACT Act on November 7th. 
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Massachusetts Fall Legislative Preview

September 5, 2019 | Blog | By Caitlin Beresin, Daniel Connelly, Steven Baddour, Taylor Shepherd

With less than a year to go until the end of formal sessions on July 31, 2020, Massachusetts legislators are back in action this month to begin tackling a robust policy agenda. We are poised to see action on both new and pending legislation this fall on a number of priority policy areas.
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Massachusetts Legislature Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

July 24, 2019 | Blog | By Taylor Shepherd, Caitlin Beresin

On Monday, July 22nd the Massachusetts Legislature finalized the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget and delivered it to Governor Baker’s desk for approval. The Legislature’s Budget Conference Committee, led by Chairmen Representative Aaron Michlewitz (D- Boston) and Senator Michael Rodrigues (D- Somerset), authorizes $43.1 billion in state spending for this fiscal year and included the largest annual increase for K-12 education in the state’s history, a $269 million dollar lift.
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