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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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  • Fred "Jay" Barrows
    (Rep)

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    Brendan A. Roche
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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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?

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Campaign Phone (774) 266-3916
Twitter @BrendanRocheMA
Campaign Email brendan@brendanroche.org
Brendan is a lifelong resident of Mansfield. Brendan graduated from Mansfield High, and went on to receive a Bachelor's and Master's in Architecture at the Catholic University of America. Brendan is active within the Mansfield Democratic Town Committee, having served as Vice-Chair and with the Young Democrats of Massachusetts. He volunteered for multiple local campaigns from special elections to general elections. Brendan recently served on the Master Plan Committee for Mansfield.
My top two legislative priorities are public transportation and the environment. I believe these are the two areas where we need the state legislature to make progress now and fast. We need an affordable, reliable and safe public transportation system for our economy to reach its' full potential. We also need to deal with climate change now or we are in danger of having a hot planet and rising sea levels that will harm a lot of people. We need to work now to start improving our environment.
I am in favor of Raise Up Massachusetts' Invest in Our Recovery proposals. I will highlight 2 of them. First the proposal of increasing the corporate tax rate from its' current 8% to its' pre-Great Recession rate of 9.5%. The second proposal would be to tax profits that are shifted overseas by raising the tax rate on Global Intangible Low Tax Income. These two proposals combined can bring in between $650 million and $925 million annually.
I support lowering the zoning ordinance 2/3rds vote threshold to allow local communities to pass new zoning laws with a simple majority. This would allow more affordable housing to be allowed in communities where advantageous. I would also approve of providing more funding to increase affordable housing provided by local housing authorities. We can also require all apartment owners to accept housing vouchers and we can implement rent control in Massachusetts to cap rent increases.
I believe in the electrification of the MBTA which will improve efficiency and increase capacity. This will also reduce our carbon emissions from our current diesel engines. We can achieve this on the Providence line, which runs through my district, because of the existing Amtrak wires. We also need to increase the funding and use of regional transit authorities to improve local bus transportation for communities. We can fund this through the Fair Share Amendment and equitable carbon taxes.