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Massachusetts House 7th Hampden

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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  • James Chip Harrington
    (Rep)

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    Jacob R. Oliveira
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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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?

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Leadership: - Ludlow School Committee 2009 - present - President, Massachusetts Association of School Committees 2016 - Chair, Ludlow Democratic Town Committee 2008 - present - Ludlow Town Meeting Member 2005 - 2009

Professional Career: - Assistant Executive Director, Massachusetts State Universities Council of Presidents 2009 - present - Legislative Director, State Representative Mike Rodrigues 2008-2009

Personal: - Fourth Generation Ludlow Resident - Framingham State University Alumnus
1. Rebuilding and modernizing our economy to retain and attract young people to Western Massachusetts. We must focus on modernizing our economy with new ideas so it works for all, particularly for the residents of Western Massachusetts.

2. Investing in education (pre-K, K-12, vocational & higher education) and infrastructure (roads, bridges, public transpiration). A well-educated workforce and infrastructure improvements are critical to the economic success of our Commonwealth and region.
1. To bridge the revenue gap created by the global pandemic, I will work closely with our Congressional Delegation to increase federal funding for Massachusetts and our communities.

2. Progressive tax reform that would not impact middle income and low-income tax payers. I support the “fair share” amendment. This surcharge on very wealthy that have annual income of over $1 million a year would impact few people in the Commonwealth, particularly in Western Massachusetts.
Access to affordable housing is essential for our economic prosperity. This access is specifically needed for young people, single parent households, veterans, people with disabilities and the elderly. Working with local housing authorities, I will prioritize affordable housing opportunities for residents who can not afford their own home. The state should create incentives for aspiring home owners and current renters, and encourage developers to build homes better suited for these families.
Access to reliable and affordable public transportation is important to the economic vitality of Western Massachusetts. Investments in public transportation is important, but not just for the MBTA, which is rarely utilized west of Worcester, but for high-speed rail connecting western mass and regional transportation entities. Progressive revenue sources like those generated from the fair share amendment would be the most equitable way to pay for investments in transportation and infrastructure.