Human Rights and Voting Rights:
Hello, True Blue Dems. I am pleased to present my positions on these granular, hyper-local issues facing the small Towns of the 4th Essex District. We all share many of the same challenges and the opportunities. Thanks for watching and listening!
Innovative, creative thinking can help small Towns, like those in the 4th Essex District, maximize their tax dollars by working collaboratively together. I have seen the results of smart policy analysis and policy execution when Towns work together to create value for their citizens.
School funding models based on real estate taxation are not sustainable for the future. We have to re-think how we fund our schools, and demand equity and accountability from our State and Federal legislatures. Proposition 2-1/2 overrides never go away, unlike bonding/borrowing, which goes away over time as the bonds/loans are re-paid. Overrides are forever, and stay as a permanent fixed tax burden on the citizens.
Water planning and conservation will be a top concern as the Ipswich River Basin is overused and is under pressure from too many Towns. We have to plan for expanding to the North Coastal Basin in order to relieve the pressure on the Ipswich River......PFAS and other chemical contamination of our water supplies will require testing, mediation, and permanent solutions.
Our democracy is under attack - including our voting rights - which are being suppressed by anti-democratic forces across the country. This has never happened before at this disturbing level. Voting rights are essential for a democracy and that is where our power resides. Everything we care about: women's rights, human rights, civil rights, all of our rights flow directly from our voting rights. It is imperative that we make sure that all registered voters can vote without impediment and that the votes are counted and certified without interference. That is all part of our peaceful transfer of power at the local, municipal, state, and federal levels. Take action and vote in this November 2nd Special Democratic Primary
Energy systems that are sustainable and renewable are the future. We all have good intentions, but it will take action and leadership to realize these critical climate goals for Massachusetts. There is no time to waste, so let's get started!