Massachusetts House 27th Middlesex
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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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?
Everyone has the right to a dignified life. We must work to guarantee that everyone’s basic needs -- including housing, healthcare, education, and a liveable climate -- are met. As a proud daughter of a single immigrant mother and dedicated Somerville resident and organizer, I understand the struggles working people face. And, as a former antitrust economist, I know how corporations rig the rules in their favor. I am running to reclaim the State House for the people of Massachusetts.
We need a Massachusetts Green New Deal to massively reallocate our society’s resources to stop the climate crisis, centering on the needs of environmental justice communities and workers most affected by this transition.
I am committed to ensuring all Massachusettsans have access to a high-quality education, from universal pre-K through debt-free public colleges and universities. Our public schools need adequate funding to give all students opportunities to succeed in pursuit of their interests.
Raising the tax rate on capital gains from 5% to 8.95% and raising the C-Corp tax rate will not only raise billions to cover the shortfall due to COVID-19, but also continue to fund programs at the state and local level that so many residents have come to depend on to help them through this crisis. Large corporations should not have record profits while so many are out of work and struggling to pay rent.
Somerville is on the frontier of the gentrification and displacement crisis. Our city has experienced the largest increase in housing prices in Massachusetts over the past 10 years. As State Representative, I will fight to end the ban on rent control, invest in existing public housing, and build more affordable housing units across Massachusetts with local, union labor.
Access to public transit is about having having access to places, opportunities, and experiences that shape and enrich our lives: receiving health care or education; visiting parks and museums; or getting across town to see someone we love. By eliminating fares and investing in free public transit we can establish a right to mobility and ensure that everyone, regardless of their income level, race, or zip code, has this access.
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