Massachusetts House 12th Suffolk
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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Brandy Fluker Oakley
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 grew up in Dorchester and Mattapan, attending Boston Public Schools and then pursuing higher education outside of Massachusetts at Syracuse University, The Johns Hopkins University, and Emory University School of Law. I will leverage my diverse experiences to serve the district I call home. Living in different cities and working in government, business and non-profit has given me the skills necessary to work effectively across lines of difference to achieve a common goal.
• Ensuring equitable recovery from COVID-19, in public health and safety, education, and in our economy.
• Prioritizing investments in our public schools so every child has access to a world-class education.
As State Representative, I will support progressive taxation measures that will help us close revenue shortfalls and ensure that our priorities are being funded. There are many options I support, including closing corporate tax loopholes, establishing a real estate transfer fee for certain transactions, and passing the Fair Share Amendment.
• Rent stabilization: Allow local rent stabilization to provide predictability in rent increases.
• Residential tax exemptions: File legislation to ensure residents who have owned their homes for decades can continue to do so by expanding the local real estate tax exemptions.
• Increase transparency: Promote transparency in the home buying process.
• First time home buying support: Support initiatives that provide education and resources to first-time homebuyers.
• Greater accessibility: Work to schedule the Fairmount Line to run every 15-20 minutes
• Expanded options: Ensure buses and trolley services are on-time, accessible and reliable
• Light rail: Expand service through a light rail from Mattapan to Dudley Stations, easing traffic along Blue Hill Ave and reducing travel time
• Low-income fares: Advocate for reduced MBTA fares for low-income individuals
• Safe & healthy transit: Establish procedures to ensure the safety and health of staff and riders
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