Massachusetts House 17th 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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Kevin G. Honan
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 have served as the state representative for my district in Allston & Brighton since 1987, and I am running for re-election because I want to continue helping people. I believe in public service and the ability of government to create equity and opportunity for all Massachusetts residents, and I have dedicated my personal and professional life to such service.I have a long and substantial record of supporting progressive policies on greenhouse gas reduction, housing and and transportation.
Racial Justice and greenhouse gas elimination/environmental justice. Seemingly every day a violent and threatening incident motivated by intolerance and bigotry is carried out in this country. Racism is learned behavior. It can be unlearned, or never learned to begin with. We must do everything humanly possible to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions economy-wide to mitigate the negative effects of global warming, but we must do so in a way that does not unfairly burden low-income communities.
The legislature should appropriate funds from the state's "rainy day" fund - at least $2 billion from the $3.5 billion balance. And It should increase the corporate tax rate from 8% to 9.5%, where it stood in 2009 and return to the three-factor apportionment factor for determining income that should be subject to taxation in Massachusetts as it was in the 1990s. Corporations should pay their fair share of taxes to support the services and infrastructure that help make their businesses profit.
Tenants' right to purchase, right to counsel, just cause eviction, lifting the ban on rent control, zoning code updates to allow easier construction of low-income housing units, and expanding rental assistance, and Boston's home rule petition to implement a real estate transfer tax of 2% on high-end real estate transactions to build more affordable housing units, and empowering municipalities to build multifamily housing that is transit oriented and environmentally sustainable.
We should have a reliable, low-cost, non-fossil fuel powered and accessible public transit system that supports workers and is funded by our government and a millionaire’s tax, not fare increases. I have supported and worked for the passage of An Act relative to transportation finance, to provide $500 million per year of funding for our transportation projects and continue to support the Millionaire's Tax Initiative that would bring in $1.9 billion annual for public transportation.
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