I am a devoted mother, United States Army veteran, combat pilot and small business owner. At the age of 17, I became a private pilot. I honorably served in the U.S. Army for twenty-two years including duty in the Iraq War. In the private sector, I have worked as a Product Manager in Robotics, Corporate Trainer in Safety and Leadership, and as a motivational speaker. I am a small business owner in Sudbury.
My top priority will be helping to return our state to prosperity. I will be an advocate for small businesses that create 3 out of every 4 new jobs. During the pandemic, small businesses were forced to shut with no options unlike the big box stores. Small businesses should not have to hire a lobbyist to have their voice heard at the State House. My second priority is to balance the budget. I would repeal the legislative pay raises and the special pay for so-called legislature leadership roles
First, I would repeal the legislative payraises and the special pay for so-called leadership roles within the legislature. Second, I would prohibit the use of EBT cards out of state. The Commonwealth should not be paying for vacations. Third, I would require social security number verification at all state agencies so those who are not legally here cannot collect taxpayer funded benefits. Fourth, we need to review the quasi-independent authorities that spend irresponsibly.
Housing is expensive due to the cost of living and regulations. We need to address costly regulations. 2 years ago the legislature passed an AirBnb reform bill. It resulted in numerous new regulations, more oversight and higher taxes. The result was many homeowners quit AirBnb. We also saw a huge drop in AirBnb travelers due to the higher costs. Every piece of legislation should have a price tag attached so legislators can make fiscally responsible decisions.
I don’t support raising the gas tax. I understand that family budgets are stretched to the max due to the shutdown. To ensure a quality transportation system, we need to look at the cost side rather than revenue. Why does Massachusetts spend $675,000 per mile per year on road maintenance? That’s the 2nd highest level in the country. The Commonwealth also spends $78,000 per mile per year on administrative costs. Why do we spend 8 times the national average? Revise the budget.
39-year resident of Sudbury. I have served in the House 6 years. Currently serve on Sudbury Housing Trust, Council on Aging, 'State Citizens Commission’ created by 2018 ballot vote, Asst. Scoutmaster, member of the Sudbury Wayland Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable, & Vice-Chair Sudbury Democratic Town Committee (DTC). I served as a member of the Sudbury Town Manager Search Committee, Planning Board, Finance Cmte., Board of Registrars, election teller, Chair of the Sudbury DTC, soccer coach.
First: Increased funding for Chapter 70, the major program of state aid to public elementary and secondary schools, and unrestricted local aid to cities and towns. These funds are essential for all of our school districts, especially with COVID-19 increased costs. Unrestricted local aid decreases the tax burden on local property owners. Second: Bills H.2836 and S1958 - the 100% Renewable Energy Act - will transition us to a carbon-free clean energy future by 2045.
Enacting a Global Intangible Low Taxed Income (GILTI) tax on the offshore profits of multinational corporations to raise $450M and dedicate that revenue to pay for a $4.5B bond issue. This would help pay for our transition to clean energy, create jobs, and help fill the $6B+ decrease in revenue caused by the pandemic-induced recession. Having sales tax paid directly to DOR when credit or debit cards are swiped would add $500M revenue collected in the next fiscal year with no tax increase.
Bills H4262 & S2443 include provisions to create more housing, reduce barriers to housing production, and set affordable housing production goals. I will also advocate for a program to provide grants to first-time home buyers for their down payments. Often, working families have the income to pay a mortgage but lack the capital for the initial deposit to purchase a property & build equity, including Black Americans who have been systematically disadvantaged from building wealth over generations.
Expanding, electrifying, improving service and reliability on the commuter rail and connecting North and South Stations will provide better transportation, take thousands of cars off the road, and shorten drive times. I voted this year for a House bill that passed which would create a $6B bond bill to finance commuter rail and other improvements and included $600M new revenue to pay for that bond. The state Senate has not acted on it to date; I would advocate to make this or a similar bill pass.