Massachusetts House 14th 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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Alice Hanlon Peisch
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?
State Representative 2003- present; House Chair, Jt Committee on Education, 2011-present; National Assessment Governing Board, 2016-present; Co-chair, National Conference of State Legislators, Education Committee, 2016-18; Wellesley Town Clerk, 2000-03; Wellesley School Committee, 1993-1999; Town of Wellesley Advisory (Finance) Committee, 1989-1992.
AB, Smith College; JD, Suffolk University Law School; MPA, Kennedy School, Harvard University. Former practicing attorney, general litigation.
1. Address impact of Covid-19, especially on the Massachusetts economy and public education, because we need to recover from the devastating impact of the virus before we can address the many other challenging issues we face;
2. Prioritize implementation the Student Opportunity Act to ensure that all students can access good education and continue to address impact of climate change as it is in our long term best interest to take steps now to reverse the impact of fossil fuel on the environment
1. Reasonable draw down of the stabilization aka rainy day fund, keeping in mind that we cannot deplete it in FY 21 without incurring additional expense from an increase in the interest rates the state pays and may need additional funding in FY22;
2. Consider a modest revenue increase and/or borrowing as was done in the early 1990's since interest rates are very low.
Both of the above will be dependent on how much additional federal assistance becomes available.
Greater investment in our public housing stock and incentivizing more affordable housing close to public transportation while improving transportation options. See next question.
Significantly increase investment in our public transportation system so that it meets the demand and provides reliable service. I supported the bill passed by the House earlier this year that raised funds to do this by increasing the gas tax, the minimum corporate tax rates, and fees on app-based ride-hailing services. I also support congestion tolling as a way to both increase revenue and incentivize use of pubIic transit.
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