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Massachusetts House 3rd Bristol

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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    Carol A. Doherty
    (Dem)

  • Kelly A. Dooner
    (Rep)

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.

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?

Campaign Phone (508) 822-5837
Twitter @caroldoherty13
I am running for re-election as State Rep of the 3rd Bristol District. I bring a strong voice to the State House to advocate for families in our community. The residents of the 3rd Bristol deserve a community that provides affordable housing and health care, readily available transportation, a quality education, and good jobs. My experience as an educator, teachers’ union leader, and 5 term School Committee member will serve the district well.
Full Chapter 70 and Student Opportunity Act funding and funding for Higher Education. Public Education, K through Higher Education, has been chronically underfunded. The one best service the Commonwealth provides is to assure quality public education for all our children.

Affordable Housing: The legislature is currently considering a Housing Choice bill with multiple components that, to a large measure, support those low income and poor families and communities who struggle financially.
The state should: 1. Seriously consider closing corporate tax loopholes and pressing for the Fair Share Act .

2. Provide additional resources from state and federal revenues to supplement income, create jobs, help businesses to recover and consider other efforts to get people, businesses and communities back on their feet. As the legislature confronts the current fiscal crisis, I’m fully committed to looking at every area of state spending for opportunities to achieve savings.
MA is in a housing crisis, Rents are up 75% since 2000, housing prices are up. Housing stock has not kept up with demand. Working class and low income people have been negatively impacted. Examples of some ways to address this issue are : Provide communities with more expansive opportunities to construct affordable housing by zoning changes, renovation of existing buildings, mixed-use development, lot sizes that lend themselves to increased density, and housing tax credits.

In an increasingly mobile society, glutting the roadways with automobiles, we must continue to press for more public transportation, better roadways and the relocation of businesses outside of the metropolitan Boston area. Both House and Senate have adopted a Transportation Bond Bill package with funding from various sources. The two bills are in the House for $300 M and Senate for $200 M waiting to be reconciled. The revenue to support each will come from a variety of sources.
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