Massachusetts House 1st Hampshire
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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Lindsay N. Sabadosa
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?
I have served as the State Representative for the 1st Hampshire District for one term.
My top legislative priority remains transforming health care through Medicare for All and my goal for the next legislative session is to further lay the groundwork for the state to move to a single payer system. I am also deeply committed to criminal justice reform, and will be supporting a number of bills ranging from changing the way we police our schools to parole to ending life without the possibility of parole as a sentence.
The state absolutely has to step up to generate progressive revenues. We can do this by closing corporate loopholes, stopping the charitable giving deduction that is set to begin in 2021, and increasing the corporate tax rate. We must also use the Municipal Liquidity Funds the federal government is offering to appropriate borrow at low rates to ensure we don't have cuts to education that could put the state back decades in terms of EEC, K-12, and higher ed funding.
Tenants need to have the right to counsel in eviction cases, and we need to build more affordable housing. There is a housing shortage so it is critical we invest in the infrastructure needed to get people off of multi-year long wait lists. We also need to invest in RAFT and make it easier for people to access that money as well as the MRVP.
First of all, I would encourage people to take public transportation because we really need people to ride our trains and buses to convince the state that they need to be funded. Second, I would support the carbon tax bill, which would give us the necessary funds to invest in transportation, fully funding, in particular, the RTAs.
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