Massachusetts House 16th 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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Jessica Ann Giannino
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 come from a long line of dedicated public servants and have inherited this undying commitment to community. From protecting our environment against companies like Wheelabrator to ensuring our transportation systems work for our residents, I will be a fervent advocate for the people of Revere, Saugus and Chelsea.
I first entered politics in 2012 when I became the youngest person elected as a City Councilor At-Large in Revere's history.
Representing my community on environmental injustices is one of the reasons I became involved in politics in the first place.
I’m a proud product of the Revere Public School system and the State University system. I know that the system relies on legislative allies. After graduating from Revere High School (08’), I attended Salem State University (’12) where I began advocating for more funding for public higher-ed. Education at any level should not be a luxury.
I would support a “fair share” tax that would invest in public education and public transportation by creating an additional tax of four percentage points on annual income above $1 Mil, with the threshold adjusted each year to reflect cost-of-living increases.
In addition, COVID-19 has increased work from home options, which have been quite successful for safety. They also serve as a reminder that an increased gas tax, as proposed by the Governor, could receive broader support.
For far too long, developers have catered to the ultra high-end projects that you have seen pop up across Massachusetts. That has left the housing stock for working families and the working poor diminished and ignored. We must demand that projects being built have a truly affordable component to them, both in the percentage of the units built and the level of AMI that the affordability is geared toward.
Organizing renters and affordable housing advocates is a critical piece to the fight.
Public transportation is a necessity in the Commonwealth. We need to make sure the system works for our residents because right now, it doesn’t. I’ve been a very active part of the traffic commission while serving on the council. With concerns like citywide parking and toll discounts being in the top tier, one thing is clear to me. If the MBTA worked the way it should, these issues would not be as pressing.
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