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Massachusetts House 1st Barnstable

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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    Josh Mason
    (Dem)

  • Timothy R. Whelan
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

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?

Mailing Address PO Box 146
Dennis, MA 02638
Campaign Phone (508) 659-2020
Twitter @thejoshmason
Campaign Email josh@electjoshmason.com
Town of Dennis Democratic Committee – Chairman

Town of Dennis Municipal Affordable Housing Trust – Member

Town of Dennis Planning Board – Alternate Member

Town of Dennis Police Community Crisis Intervention Team – Member

Town of Dennis Police Citizens Police Academy – Certified

Barnstable HOME Consortium- Representative for the Town of Dennis

Community Partnership Planning Committee – Member
Pass the ROE Act if it’s still on the table, because for far too long women’s healthcare has been under siege. It disheartens me that we are still debating women’s reproductive rights in 2020. Women’s reproductive access is healthcare and healthcare is a basic human right. Number two would be to work on economic initiatives that help to re-shape Cape Cod into a sustainable and robust year round economy as well as create economic opportunity for everyone across the Commonwealth.
We need to enact temporary reforms that accurately reflect our state’s fiscal situation. We should implement a state hiring freeze. If we move to erase positions that have remained vacant for more almost a year we can be more efficient within our state agencies. We can reappropriate resources that were tied to unoccupied positions and put them into our state’s recovery. After spending re-allocation, we should examine our state’s rainy day fund as a possible alternative to raising taxes.
We need to repeal a 1994 decision to ban rent controlled zoning and look at rolling back some historic preservation rules to inspire socially-responsible construction. Housing is a basic human right, and pricing out the hard working members of our communities is inhuman. We must stabilize the market for our residents and implement more rent to own programs to allow individuals who are below median incomes to build equity towards the purchase of a home.
Locally, our goal is to implement a Medium-Speed Rail system which, unlike High-Speed Rail uses conventional trains running on conventional tracks, but at 90 to 135 mph. The trains would run all day, every day, and ticket would be affordable for all riders with additional savings for Cape residents. Also add camera tolls to our bridges for non residents to increase revenue, but ultimately crafting a larger infrastructure plan that eases roadways, carbon emissions, and create jobs is our goal.
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