Massachusetts House 1st 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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Adrian C. Madaro
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 have been the State Representative for the 1st Suffolk District, East Boston, since 2015. A lifelong East Boston resident born to a family of activists, I was previously Chief of Staff to my predecessor, Carlo Basile, and served on the boards of many community non-profits. I am currently the Vice Chair of the Transportation Committee, and am proud to advocate for my neighborhood on a number of pressing issues, including transportation, housing, environmental justice, and immigrant's rights.
Housing and transportation are two top issues in our community which I will continue to prioritize next session. East Boston has faced an outsized burden of traffic from commuters to and from Logan Airport and the North Shore. At the same time, our public transportation system needs to be upgraded and expanded to allow for alternative options. Many East Boston residents also face issues with a lack of affordable, adequate housing and protections from evictions and displacement.
The Commonwealth should look to raise revenues to address recent shortfalls in targeted areas not heavily affected by the COVID-19 emergency. The House's transportation revenue package is a good start to raising revenues, and some monies could be temporarily redirected from transportation spending to deal with increased COVID-19 related costs in the short term. Pending federal action will provide us with a more complete picture of our financial situation which will also help inform next steps.
We need to build more affordable housing and preserve existing affordability. This not only means that municipalities outside of Boston must commit to building more, but we must also ensure that the any housing stock built is affordable to working people and accessible to public transit. This may include inclusionary development policies, public construction of housing, or, if needed, rent control. We must also take steps against unjust evictions, such as right to counsel and eviction sealing.
Public transportation needs more funding to expand service and improve capacity, reliability, and quality. The House's transportation funding package raises critical revenues towards these efforts. Regional Transportation Ballot Initiatives, legislation I co-filed, would also allow municipalities to raise funds for their own specific transportation priorities in ways that best suits local needs. Finally, we need to ensure affordability on public transit to make sure it is accessible to all.
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