Massachusetts House 7th Essex
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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Paul F. Tucker
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?
Police Officer for 34 years
Salem,MA Police Chief (retired)
3 Term State Rep
Education Reform- I was the House Chief Sponsor of the Student Opportunity Act 2020 and now the implementation must be done with deliberate speed taking into account the COVID crisis.
Criminal Justice/Police Reform is ongoing and I am proud to have played a role in shaping the current legislation, but this is not a one and done.
We need to keep listening to our constituents, particularly our Black and Brown communities and build the trust that must exist between police and all communities.
Identify areas where savings can be made without affecting human services/areas where deferred action can be taken later.
Health care costs make up the biggest part of state budget, closely re-examine existing programs.
We also need to be mindful and properly fund and equip our first responders and teachers with PPE as part of any program.
The Commonwealth has done a decent job of phasing in businesses and beginning revenue collections but it can’t be at the expense of public health.
Passing and implementing the Housing Choice legislation.
Properly fund programs like RAFT that help house those in economic difficulties so they can address education and jobs to benefit themselves and family.
Put a framework in place for cities and towns to address the specific needs of their communities.
Everything needs to be on the table. The Transportation Committee has done very good work and in conjunction with the Tranportation Bond legislation it will set a course for safe, efficient and affordable public transportation. If we build it, they will come.
We need to have the hard discussions around raising revenue to bring our century old infrastructure to meet modern needs and do it with the environmental concerns at the forefront.
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