Massachusetts House 24th Middlesex
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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David M. Rogers
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?
As the current Representative, the key relevant background is my invaluable years of experience doing this job. It takes time to develop the relevant skills and to build important relationships both at the Statehouse and in the community to achieve meaningful results. A few of these accomplishments include advancing climate change legislation, advancing women’s rights, investing in public education, and reform of our broken criminal justice system to address systemic racism.
A key priority is to take the lessons learned from this pandemic and using them to address systemic inequality that this era has revealed. It is an inequality that has been present and building in our society for literally several decades, but the public health crisis has made it glaringly obvious, particularly in marginalized communities. Another major priority will be to continue my ongoing work to protect and strengthen the civil rights and liberties of every member of our communities.
A central factor for the budget is whether the US Congress passes a rescue package for the states. The Commonwealth cannot run a deficit and state revenue sources (income tax, sales tax) are highly sensitive to fluctuating economic conditions. We also have been prudent over the past number of years in building up the third largest stabilization fund (rainy day fund) of any state in the country and can tap that source. In addition, the option of raising revenue needs to be assessed.
Housing is a basic human need and must be available and affordable to everyone. I have supported consistently both the Mass Rental Voucher Program, which provides a voucher for affordable housing, and the RAFT program, which provides low-income families at risk of becoming homeless with temporary financial assistance. I also was the first legislator to introduce a substantial rent control bill in a long time, kicking off a major debate this year -- a conversation worth having.
In the House, we passed a tax increase to fund transportation infrastructure this year, including significant additional funding to the T. The tax package includes an increase to the corporate minimum tax, among other sources, and will raise over $500 million per year for transportation projects. We also need to encourage more walking and biking. I am a lead sponsor of the most significant biking legislation pending in the House and secured key funding for the Belmont Community Path.
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