Massachusetts House 15th Suffolk
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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Nika C. Elugardo
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 am a candidate for re-election to the 15th Suffolk district of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
Housing and Economic Development are my top two legislative priorities, with a focus on race and age equity. Our young and elder people of color were hard hit by COVID-19. I've filed and cosponsored bills to comprehensively address the housing crisis and to increase resources for youth jobs and elder supports. I am especially focused on expanding our public housing networks and using the statewide housing authority infrastructure more effectively to deliver services to families and elders.
Redesigning our regressive corporate taxation infrastructure so that corporations with high revenues, especially those increasing throughout or because of the pandemic, will bring in hundreds of millions in new revenues each year. Currently, large corporations pay $456 annually in minimum corporate taxes. We will also need to wisely and judiciously tap into the $3+ billion rainy day fund to strengthen our social services safety net.
The governor's bill to make development easier will increase inequity unless partnered with tenant protections like rent and fees regulation, transit equity, and affordable housing resources. I support real estate transfer fees on transactions over $1 million to raise money for increased affordable housing. Cities like Boston also need to max out our capacity to tap federal housing resources, which we have not yet done. Finally, we must expand public housing by tapping surplus land assets.
Free and frequent green busses across all Regional Transit Authorities and the MBTA is one way to ensure healthy and fair access for all people, especially elders and urban people of color, to work, school, health care, and cultural connections. The reduced costs of operation from eliminating fare collection partially pays for fare free riding. I also support a modest gas tax and an increase to corporate taxes for very high earning companies, along with other measures in our House bill.
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