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Massachusetts House 9th 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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    Orlando Ramos

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    Robert J. Underwood

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?

Campaign Phone (413) 563-1478
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Born and raised in Springfield, Orlando Ramos is a Carpenter by trade, and a loving father to his daughter Ariana. Over the years he has demonstrated his passion and commitment to public service. He is a 4 term Councilman; 2-term Council President; and he is currently the Chairman of Public Safety. Orlando also has a decade of Statehouse experience where he previously worked for the Massachusetts State Legislature.
-A strong Response, Recovery and Resiliency Plan for COVID -Police Accountability
-“fair share” tax that would invest in public education and public transportation by creating an additional tax of four percentage points on annual income above one million dollars, with the one million dollar threshold adjusted each year to reflect cost-of-living increases -legislation creating a tiered corporate minimum tax, and closing other corporate tax loopholes
-Extend the ban on foreclosures and evictions -Rent stabilization -End exclusionary zoning -Invest in local homeless organizations doing the ground work
-Support East-West Rail -Support An Act relative to transportation ballot initiatives -Support legislation that would grant the right to organize and collectively bargain to drivers who work for Transportation Network Companies like Uber and Lyft -Increase Chapter 90 Local funding
Campaign Phone (413) 739-4534
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I have a very working class background. In School vacations I worked in Tobacco farms, and manufacturing. I also worked in a state hospital. My education is in Science, Chemistry, Math, and computer science and programing. I worked designing and programming retailing and manufacturing systems.
We need to end plea bargaining. It results in everyone pleading guilty to something. Some are innocent but pressured to accept a guilty plea. Some are guilty and end up being under sentenced. The innocent do not belong in a jail and never should have been arrested in the first place. The repeat offenders belong in jail. A trial as described in the constitution is the place for it where we can all witness the District Attorney’s brilliance.

I would work to drastically reduce gun control laws
Massachusetts should have never been shut down in the first place. Governor Baker has been yelling fire in a crowded theater and engaging in a program of panic, like Big Brother, in George Orwell’s 1984 were the citizens watch their wall screen in fear for the next panic announcement. And the legislature allowed him to do that. Obviously the first step needs to be to get everyone back to work and paying taxes rather than being paid for their shut down business.

We also need job training.
We have to get back to the mind set where people graduate from High School or College, get a good job, and buy their own house. There will always be a few cases of people who need help. But the Democrats through their various Free Trade Agreements have shipped those good jobs to cheap labor countries. If people had “good “ jobs the housing inequality would take care of itself without various political hacks offering ideas which do not work.
I would shift the focus from grandiose schemes of a ride from Pittsfield to Boston to local transportation. People need to use public transportation to get to work. For that to be attractive It has to be convenient and efficient. That will not happen unless you can take a bus or train near your house and get to near your work place. In many places that does not happen now. The ticket for the ride is going to have to cover the cost for the time being. The more unemployed there are, the le