Massachusetts House 4th Berkshire
The Massachusetts House of Representatives is comprised of 160 members, each representing a district of approximately 40,000 people and each elected for a two-year term. As required by the Massachusetts Constitution, the House meets year-round in either formal or informal session to consider legislation. The Massachusetts House is led by the Speaker of the House who is elected by the members of the body at the beginning of each two-year legislative session. Base salary for each representative is approximately $66,256.
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William "Smitty" Pignatelli
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.
What specific initiatives would you support to address housing inequality in Massachusetts?
What steps would you take to ensure the future of public transportation and how would you fund these?
State Representative since 2003
Chairman, committee on Environment, Natural Resource & Agriculture 2017-Present
Lenox Selectman 1992-2003
Berkshire County Commisioner 1995-1999
Lenox Planning Board 1987-1992
Small business owner
The budget will continue to be the top priority while we continue to deal with the impacts of COVID-19. Education, Local Aid have been impacted with the states loss of revenue due to the shutdown. Prioritization of education, K-12 along with Higher Ed funding will need to be addressed. Investments in education will continue to pay dividends for generations. We can’t afford to slip due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Greater discipline and clearer priorities will be paramount to a quicker recovery. The FairShare Amendment will continue to move through the process and, if successful, will provide additional revenue to education and transportation.
Infrastructure improvements, working with our Federal Delegation, will be important as we look for generational investments.
Getting more elected officials looking out for the next generation and not the next election will be very important in order for all of us.
I’ve never liked the phrase “affordable housing” and have always preferred “housing affordable”. Changing that narrative will help reduce the stigma for people looking for a safe place to live. Having programming in place to help young people get a jumpstart on homeownership As well as older folks trying to stay in their own homes as long as possible helping to reduce their costs as well as the taxpayers costs of nursing homes.
Greater accountability needs to be addressed for all of the state funded transportation systems and working, once again, with our federal delegation to secure money for transportation investments like the “West-East” rail which will be transformative from the Berkshires to Boston. These types of infrastructure cannot be accomplished with out monies from the federal government.
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