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Massachusetts House 18th Essex

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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    Jeffrey Peter DuFour
    (Rep)

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    Tram T. Nguyen
    (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.

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?

Campaign Phone (978) 494-0801
Twitter @Jeff4Rep
Campaign Email jeff@jeff4rep.com
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and additional education in Project Management and Financial Planning. I have been working in the private sector and paying Massachusetts taxes for the past 36 years. I am presently an Information Systems Project Manager with over 25 years of corporate management and financial services experience. On the job, I’m a problem solver, I’m a leader and I’m a champion for the people. I will bring these skills, and my experience, to the State House.
Limit Taxes - The last thing our economy needs is a tax increase. We need to help those who have been out of work for months, not take more money out of their wallets. As the next State Representative, I will oppose gas tax hikes, new carbon taxes, and statewide tolling. Support Small Businesses - Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy. To get people off unemployment and back to work, I will be an advocate for small businesses that are all too often neglected by the insiders.
We need a multi-prong approach to balancing the budget. This begins with a thorough review of all state spending to identify savings opportunities. Tough cost-cutting decisions will need to be made. Secondly, benefits spending must be trimmed, including limiting state funded benefits to the citizens of Massachusetts. Limiting access to taxpayer-funded benefits to Massachusetts citizens will save us billions of dollars.
High housing costs are partially due to burdensome regulations, government bureaucracy, and high taxation. I would address the problem by allowing zoning rules to permit homeowners to add accessory rental units. I would also require a verified social security number for subsidized housing. Requiring a verified social security number will ensure that public housing is going to our citizens.
The Commonwealth has been overspending on transportation for decades. Our state spends 8 times the national average on administrative costs for our roadways and we are the second highest in the nation for road maintenance. There needs to be better management of our transportation dollars. Our state has the revenue. The problem is the spending. We need more accountability within the Department of Transportation, and of course, the MBTA.

Mailing Address PO Box 216
Andover, MA 01810
Campaign Phone (978) 566-9780
Twitter @TeamTram
Campaign Email Tram@votetram.com
I'm currently the State Representative for the 18th Essex district. Prior to getting into office, I was a legal services attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services representing survivors of domestic violence, low-wage workers, seniors, veterans, persons with disabilities, and other vulnerable communities.
1) Environment Protection - I am committed to working on climate and environmental protection and creating a more equitable and just society. I believe that everyone should have access to clean air, safe water & healthier communities. 2) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - I am a steadfast defender of human rights and have dedicated my career to promoting and protecting civil and political rights as we as well as fighting for the realization of economic, social and cultural rights.
1)I support corporate disclosure laws to measure the effects of existing corporate tax loopholes, which would allow us to identify corporate bad actors & generate millions of dollars in additional future revenue by closing corporate tax loopholes. 2)Healthcare spending is the single largest portion of the state budget, and we need to do more to control costs from health insurance companies, healthcare providers, and pharmaceuticals. We need reform of how we treat, insure, and pay for healthcare.
We have a lot of work to do with regard to housing inequality. I'm grateful to serve on the Housing Committee where I am able to deeply research various proposals under consideration. There are some great proposals on Beacon Hill that would address housing inequality, such as investment in public and private sector partnerships to support workforce housing ownership programs, helping seniors ages in place, and considering the broad definition of “affordability” across communities.
We need to upgrade our public transportation to 21st Century standards, but this responsibility should not be borne solely by our residents. Corporations are just as dependent on public transportation, so they should pay their fair share. I support a tiered tax system to ensure that larger corporations pay a minimum corporate tax bill in proportion to the size of their business in MA, while small businesses continue paying the current corporate minimum of $456 per year.