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.
After earning his PhD in Systems Engineering, Tommy worked for nine years as an energy expert to public interest clients such as attorneys general and environmental advocates. Having served in Brookline's Town Meeting since 2006, Tommy was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2018. He serves on the Joint Committees on Elder Affairs; Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development; Community Development and Small Business; and Public Service.
Tommy will continue to prioritize social & economic justice, public education, and environment & climate. When we structure our society to ensure that everyone is treated equitably, each of us will be able to reach our potential for success. Although progress has been made in the past years, decades, and centuries, there is much work remaining.
The state must use some of the Rainy Day Fund. However, we should restrict our withdrawal for this fiscal year to no more than 1/3 of the fund, because we don't know the future of COVID, the accompanying economic malaise, or any additional source of rain.
Some individuals and companies have done quite well since the pandemic began. We must ask more of them, financially, in order to help preserve a safety net for those who are struggling mightily.
By improving subway, bus, and commuter rail speed, reliability, and frequency, we expand the number of jobs within a commute from each home, and expand the housing choices available within a commute of each job. This expands the housing supply available to workers allowing more lower-cost options, including those with lower incomes.
The pandemic has brought about an expansion of telecommuting. Preserving that expansion allows for more workers to live in communities with lower housing costs.
The House voted to increase the gas tax by five cents, to increase Uber and Lyft fees, and to progressively increase corporate taxes in order to fund transportation improvements, including those for the MBTA and RTAs. Unfortunately, the Senate doesn't seem interested in this mechanism for increasing funding for mass transit.
I will vote to support the Fair Share Amendment, which will add $4B per year for education and transportation spending.