Massachusetts House 14th 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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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 am running for State Representative because I believe that government and public service is and always will be about helping people and making a difference in the lives of others. It's about making sure that government works for all of the people, not just some of the people. As a former aide to US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, an aide at the State House and as a former Boston City Councilor I am uniquely qualified to hit the ground running on day one to get the job done.
My top two priorities are working collaboratively to ensure we are ready to deal with the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and recover equitably, and to be a champion for education to ensure all of our students are prepared for college, career, and life. For expanded answers to all of the following questions, please see here. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ouAbdp3KR_XL9Zze_4xuGX1Qg4AXbU_BkYTcFNREe8w/edit?usp=sharing
In the era of COVID-19, we need to be thoughtful as to how the pandemic will affect state and local budgets while protecting those who need these services the most. With or without a world-altering public health crisis, the need for progressive tax reform would have been clear. As Legislators, we will have to think creatively to generate new revenue and support progressive revenue generating proposals such as a millionaires tax and corporate fair share.
The State should increase funding and resources from the operating budget for cities and towns to build more affordable housing. It should also fully fund the Community Preservation Act match. We should support more housing for the elderly and more rental units as well as more homeownership for all. I support Right to Counsel, Tenants Right To Purchase, and I support legislation to strengthen Boston's Linkage-IDP. We must strengthen our foreclosure prevention efforts as well.
Transportation is the lifeblood of our economy and public transportation is essential for Massachusetts families who depend on it to get to work, to visit family and to go to school. As a legislator, I will work to ensure fairness in the tax code and that our scarce resources are utilized in an efficient and impactful way. I am open to new ideas and the recovery from COVID-19 will require creative thinking and problem solving from our leaders.
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