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Massachusetts House 5th 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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  • Frank Herbert Collins
    (Rep)

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    Mark James Cusack
    (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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I was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2010. I have served in a range of leadership roles on Beacon Hill, advocating for my district and tackling the challenges of the most innovative industries in the Massachusetts economy. I have a record of proven leadership: • Chair, Joint Committee on Revenue • Member, Commonwealth’s Resiliency and Recovery Committee • Former Chair, Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy • Former Chair, Committee on Technology and Intergovernmental Affairs
1. Securing the Commonwealth’s revenue strategy looking forward, which is of even greater importance as we face uncertain economic times ahead. 2. Continued efforts to stabilize the COVID-19 response and secure resources to assist Braintree, Holbrook and Randolph, like federal grant money or PPE.
In the short term when we do not know the full economic impact to state revenues or have any guarantees of federal assistance, we should make a responsible draw on the “Rainy Day” fund and look at borrowing when interest rates are so low. Long term, we must know the full loss in revenue and how quickly we see the economy recovering before we commit to any revenue package.
I have consistently supported an increase in Community Preservation funding. CPA funding can be used by cities and town to invest in affordable housing. In my district, we face a particular challenge with affordable senior housing stock. The state should offer funding mechanisms and tax incentives to build affordable and senior housing.
The House has been a leader on investing in our public transportation system through a combination of revenue and bonding increases. We must work with our federal partners and business community to maximize transportation funding. We must be cognizant to not burden riders with increased fares that incentivize driving over public transit.