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Massachusetts Senate Plymouth and Norfolk

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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    Patrick Michael O'Connor
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    Meg Wheeler
    (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?

Massachusetts State Senate (May '16-Present). Weymouth Town Councilor At-Large ('06-'18). Legislative Director, Office of Senator Bob Hedlund ('07-'15). First elected to public office as a Weymouth Town Councilor at 21 years old. The 11-member council, made up of 9 Democrats and 2 Republicans, elected me to serve as Vice President at 25 years old and President at 29. During that time, I was former-Senator Bob Hedlund's legislative director. I won my first Senate election in 2016.
I will be primarily focusing on ways to rebuild our economy and support our education system in the context of COVID-19. We need to invest in our local businesses and families to ensure that we can restore our economy through equitable standards. This is our opportunity to create a level playing field in the private and public sector. I will also be focusing on the full implementation of the Student Opportunity Act, so that all students, regardless of zipcode, get a quality education.
We are facing a significant budget shortfall and the coming months are unpredictable. That is why I believe we need to continue to tackle the budget one month at a time, maintain level funding for vital programming while tightening our spending, and continue to listen to public health and economic experts to safely navigate the future of COVID-19. A big part of this is federal aid. Our federal counterparts committed to disbursing stimulus packages and that factors heavily into longterm plans.
The South Shore faces unique and heightened challenges from climate change and sea level rise. Almost all of the Towns I represent maintain seawalls along our shores and cope with increased rates of coastal flooding, and one is facing an incoming compressor station. As ranking member of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, I have been pushing and passing legislation that would increase our RPS, divest from fossil fuels, invest in coastal resilience, and preserve open spaces
The Student Opportunity Act has been one of my biggest priorities because it directly targets systematic racism at the ground level - education. We also made great strides with the Criminal Justice Reform Act that we must build on. In addition, I fully support the Black and Latino Caucus' 10 point plan that includes banning over-aggressive police tactics, implementing a certification system, and increasing bias training. We need to start focusing on housing inequity and state agency diversity.
Campaign Phone (781) 724-3461
Twitter @MegSenate
Campaign Email hello@megwheeler.com
I am a mom, small business owner, and activist running to better represent working families in my district. I am a former CPA and spent nearly ten years working in the tax industry, before I left the corporate world to start my own business. During my time as a tax accountant, I've seen first hand the impact tax law, and the state tax code have on families and small businesses. I'm also a member of the Cohasset Advisory Committee & Chair of the Cohasset Democratic Town Committee.
As a vocal advocate for investing in people, I will bring new ideas, a strong voice and bold action to the State House. My 2 top priorities are: 1) restoring our economy and seeking economic justice, through raising the minimum wage, strengthening workers rights and protections and investing in universal child care. 2) Combatting the climate crisis, with a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045 and a comprehensive green jobs programs.
In balancing the budget, we must first and foremost avoid budget cuts to critical programs. Instead, we should focus on investments in our people that stimulating our economy and supplement additional lost revenue through targeted tax increases, focused on taxing higher income (such as the Fair Share Amendment) and/or corporate spending. Second, the state should ensure that we're utilizing federal aid and consider using the $3.5 billion 'rainy-day' fund.
My district consists of 8 towns, with 7 coastal communities feeling firsthand the effects of climate crisis. The rising sea levels and more severe/frequent storms have led to flooding and damage to local infrastructure, property, and land. As state Senator, I will take bold action to save our community from the damage that climate change is causing by supporting policies that are in line with the Green New Deal, including 100% renewable energy and green jobs programs.
I am committed to anti-racism through policies focused on economic and environmental justice, ending police violence, and reforming our criminal justice system. I support legislation to end broken windows policing, end for-profit policing, limiting use of force, and strengthening protections for people who film the police. I also support an increased focus on sentencing reform and treatment programs over incarceration.