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Massachusetts Senate Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex

The Senate is comprised of 40 members, with each Senator elected to represent a district of approximately 159,000 people and each elected for a two-year term. As required by the Massachusetts Constitution, the Senate meets year-round in either formal or informal session to consider legislation. The Massachusetts Senate is led by the President of the Senate who is elected by the members of the body at the beginning of each two-year legislative session. Base salary for each Senator is approximately $66,256

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    Matthew T. Kelly
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    Rebecca L. Rausch
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

State your relevant background.

What are your top two legislative priorities for the next session, and why?

Coping with COVID-19 has resulted in decreased state revenues and increased expenses in unexpected areas. Name two specific steps the state should take to balance the budget.

How is climate change impacting your district? How do you plan to address it?

What would you do to eliminate systemic racism in Massachusetts? In particular, what steps would you take to prevent police violence and promote fairness within the justice system?

I am a husband of a public school teacher, father of two beautiful girls, Madison and Abigail, small business owner in the district, Town Councilor in Franklin and former School Committee Member. My years operating a small business, along with my tenure in government, have demonstrated my commitment to bring back common sense, local representation to the communities in our district. No one in this race is better suited to represent every day residents and small businesses on beacon hill than I.
1. Focusing on our local communities - Your Senator's first priority should be to listen to and advocate for the specific needs of the communities in our district. As a Town Councilor for the past 10 years I know how to do exactly that.

2. Local Infrastructure/Economic Development - I will work tirelessly to ensure we receive investment from the state to fix our local infrastructure & support our local businesses and economy. As a small business owner, I am the only one in this race who can.
The commonwealth needs to first tighten their belt, just as every family in our state has had to do. We need to cut out redundancy and waste. Then, we need to work together to find creative solutions to our budget issues such as retirement packages, job & loan consolidation, etc. One thing I refuse to do is burden our residents with yet another tax increase. We need to pass a balanced budget amendment and have our budget come out on time each year instead of kicking the can down the road.
Massachusetts is home to some of the world’s most brilliant scientists and entrepreneurs, to some of the world’s finest educational institutions and most importantly, a determined and unbreakable spirit. I am confident that energy and environmental solutions that we seek will emerge from these individuals and institutions. My role is to ensure we continue to preserve the circumstances that will make these advancements possible – and when they are, to be open to them.
We need police reform—we do not need a knee jerk, political reaction that will make our communities less safe. My opponent was one of the main supporters of this bill, how it was rushed through and was a proud author of many proposed amendments. As your Senator, I will listen to communities of color, to our law enforcement professionals and all other stakeholders to create police reform that will ensure Massachusetts continues to be the policing model for our entire country.
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As State Senator, I’ve had a highly successful first term with an accomplished record on climate change, election reform, infectious disease prevention, reproductive justice, transparency in government, homelessness, anti-discrimination, and district service. Previously, I served as an elected local official and an award-winning attorney in the Patrick and Baker administrations, as well as a law professor/scholar, union steward, and private-sector attorney. I am a married mom of two children.
We must make democracy and reproductive health and justice equitable for all. Election Reform: After championing voting by mail, next session’s priorities include changing our last-in-the-nation primary date, permanently expanding mail-in voting options, and fixing the central registry of voters. Reproductive Justice: I achieved success this session on midwifery care, reducing racial disparities in maternal health, and more; we still need to codify abortion rights and advance other vital policy.
1. Restore the corporate income tax rate to 9.5% (the rate from a decade ago). This should generate roughly $375 million in additional state revenue annually while not impacting small businesses, which usually pay the corporate minimum tax of only $432 annually. 2. Implement one or more of the following progressive revenue reforms: GILTI (Global Intangible Low Taxed Income), a pandemic windfall profits tax, increasing taxes on unearned income, and closing corporate tax loopholes.
Climate change impacts our district’s green spaces, air quality, wildlife, pollinators, parks, and bodies of water. We also have a carbon emissions problem, as does the entire state, which is why I filed a bill to address carbon emissions from existing large buildings; the bill was passed as part of the Senate’s next generation climate package. A litany of climate legislation remains to be advanced, which I actively support, and I want to create a statewide car seat recycling program.
I advocated for the strongest possible Reform, Shift + Build Act to increase police accountability and comprehensively track racial profiling data, supporting provisions to restore qualified immunity to its original intent and passing my three justice-oriented amendments. My bills to reduce racial disparities in maternal health, license certified professional midwives, and generate real civil rights for people experiencing homelessness all advance racial equity. We have much more work to do.