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Massachusetts Senate 2nd Hampden and Hampshire

The Senate is comprised of 40 members, with each Senator elected to represent a district of approximately 159,000 people and each elected for a two-year term. As required by the Massachusetts Constitution, the Senate meets year-round in either formal or informal session to consider legislation. The Massachusetts Senate is led by the President of the Senate who is elected by the members of the body at the beginning of each two-year legislative session. Base salary for each Senator is approximately $66,256

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    John Francis Cain

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Biographical Information

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.

How is climate change impacting your district? How do you plan to address it?

What would you do to eliminate systemic racism in Massachusetts? In particular, what steps would you take to prevent police violence and promote fairness within the justice system?

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Early life attained rank of Eagle Scout, studied and graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and commissioned in U.S. Navy attaining rank of LT. Currently a father of a 10 year old girl with a new baby on the way. Married to a superstar Emergency Room Nurse who serves our community at Noble Hospital. Broad background infrastructure, transportation, and public service. Former volunteer fire fighter. Proven ability to recognize and solve problems using resources at hand.
My top two legislative priorities are getting people back to work and reducing dependence on the government and putting a priority in the education of our youth. My constituents are ready and willing to work and support themselves and their communities. Students are missing out on vital education time and are losing out on many achievements they have worked so hard towards. We must encourage hard work and contribution to society.
Our state budget is full of adminstration costs and excessive wasteful spending. I will fight to reduce spending and never vote to increase any tax. As I have stated previously, we have a spending problem in Massachusetts, not a revenue problem.
Climate change is and has been a natural occurrence for as long as we can conclude from scientific research. Rather than focusing on "climate change" or "global warming" it is important to focus on being good stewards to our environment in our daily lives. Recycling and waste removal has become a major cost for many cities and towns. In our local communities a focus on recycle and reuse will reduce pollution immediate.
Educating our young people to become contributing members of society and instilling values and morals in our communities will combat the root of not "police violence", but violence in general. Educating people about their right to due process and that the judgement of the crime is not up to the police, but rather the judges and district attorneys. Also, educating citizens on civics and how our government was meant to operate. The ignorance as to the function of government is the systemic problem
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