Massachusetts House 8th Norfolk
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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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?
Lifelong Resident of the District; 15 years State House experience: 1 year in the Massachusetts Senate, 14 working for the 8th Norfolk District; 13 years, Sharon Finance Committee; Member, Sharon Master Plan Steering Committee; Member, Sharon 250th Anniversary Committee; Vice Chair, Sharon Democratic Town Committee; Member, Sharon Lions Club; Lector, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish
- Safely Navigating the Pandemic: Massachusetts has done better than most states in weathering the effects of COVID19, but now is not the time to let up. We need to make sure that our frontline medical personnel are provided with the PPE they need to do their jobs, and teachers, students, and parents have everything they need to reopen our schools safely.
- Racial Equity: we cannot waste the momentum that has built up in the wake of George Floyd's murder to make real changes in Massachusetts.
1. Work to bring in more federal dollars to plug funding gaps, since they can deficit spend but states can't (we have a balanced budget requirement enshrined in our constitution).
2. Once we have a clearer picture of the damage, use some of the Commonwealth's $3.5B stabilization fund to offset the revenue shortfall.
Changing the zoning vote threshold at Town Meetings from 2/3 to a simple majority; investing in transit-oriented development & local housing authorities.
I favor stronger oversight of the MBTA and a philosophical shift towards investment in upgrades to the current system before further expansion. Ridership will not increase until the T provides a safe, efficient, reliable commute, and current riders deserve that now but are not receiving it. Investment should be focused on projects like Electrified Regional Rail on existing lines.
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