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Massachusetts House 5th Plymouth

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 F. DeCoste

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    Emmanuel J. Dockter

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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?

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I'm a former Selectman in Hanover – where my wife, Heidi, and I are raising our three children. I understand the importance of hard work and perseverance. My dad died when I was young and my mother raised my five brothers and me as a single parent, working three jobs to put food on the table while cycling in and out of poverty. I joined the US Marine Corps when I was 17, worked for the US Department of Defense after, put myself through college and law school, and built a small business locally.
1. Keeping Massachusetts residents safe and healthy while working toward equitable economic recovery.

2. Effectively delivering more resources to Hanover, Norwell, and Rockland.
I will work tirelessly to ensure that we avoid staffing and service cuts while keeping residents safe and healthy. Preserving local aid is critical to keeping our towns and cities functioning and we must work collaboratively to continue to adapt to a constantly changing economic environment and public health situation. With the expected revenue uncertainty, we must be able to adapt and develop creative solutions to budgeting - including 1/12 budgets and utilizing the State's rainy day fund.
I grew up in challenging economic circumstances where my mother worked multiple jobs to keep a roof over the heads of my brothers and me after our dad died. Despite her best efforts, we still faced homelessness and spent many nights in shelters. Massachusetts has a significant housing affordability issue. If you work hard and play by the rules, home ownership should be a widely achievable opportunity, and Massachusetts residents should not be priced out of housing near their places of work.
Massachusetts has the worst traffic congestion in the nation with far-reaching negative impacts on our residents, economy, and the environment. We must get serious about meaningful investments in transportation infrastructure and public transit, and we must do it now. I support an aggressive transportation bond bill that tackles infrastructure upgrades, reduces fares, increases predictability, and supports RTAs, because we know that public transportation is more than just the MBTA.