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Massachusetts House 4th Norfolk

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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    Dominic S. Giannone
    (I)

  • James Michael Murphy
    (Dem)

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    Paul J. Rotondo
    (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?

I grew up in a working class North Weymouth family and I was raised with a healthy distrust of wealth and authority that was reinforced by encounters with exploitative bosses and abusive law enforcement in my youth. For over 20 years I've been a member of Boilermakers Local 29 during which time I have served on the Executive Board and often as steward. I am a committed fighter for social. racial, and economic justice and a steadfast opponent of the evils of capitalism.
1. Removing Qualified Immunity from police officers. Nobody should be exempt from responsibility for committing violence against people and that includes cops.

2. Reestablishing Rent Control in Massachusetts. Housing is a human right and workers should be able to afford to live in the cities we build and service.
The state should enact a steep graduated tax on the rich in Massachusetts and cut the salaries of all state official to that of the average Massachusetts workers.
I support protecting and expanding public housing, providing more access to housing assistance programs, and restoring rent control in Massachusetts. The question of housing inequality is directly related to wealth inequality and the widening gap between rich and poor. Capitalism is a system that views homes as commodities to exploit for financial gain. My campaign and the Workers Party of Massachusetts view housing as a human right that everyone should have access to.
Public Transportation is an essential economic lifeline for many workers who are increasingly gentrified out of the city and must now commute a great distance. A graduated tax on the wealthy in Massachusetts would go a long way towards ensuring the future of public transportation as would taxes on the big businesses and universities that benefit directly from public transportation. What is essential to saving and expanding public transportation is the political will to do so.
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International Corporate Executive : Swatch Group SA/ Mitani Group of Japan / Nichimen America/ Timex Group

Currently small business owner Seaboard Estate Services - Antique and personal property appraisal- Realtor in MA / RI

Current member of the Weymouth Planning Board
Reduce taxes personal and small business Support Police Repeal TCI and any other forms of gas tax Work to have a more open dialogue with public and private sector unions
Stream line state services request all non emergency departments to reduce budget by 10% Review services and seek private businesses to provide some services
Reduction in taxes, regulations, and permitting fees will reduce builder costs and be an incentive for builders to build more affordable housing. Open dialogue with builders on ways to make lower cost housing attractive to the builder especially in high cost areas Encourage review of zoning laws that may inhibit more affordable housing
Reductions of operating costs - review of all agreements and contracts to ensure that their are fair and competitive Greater focus on long term goals and plans follow demographic trends and anticipate demand rather than react

Commit to infrastructure that makes sense ex. expand Neponset Bridge Railroad tracks - continue growth in the Bristol county cannot be served with the current and worsening bottle neck at the bridge