FOCUSED ON FRAMINGHAM
We need to continue to provide high-quality education to our community's children and provide opportunities for them in all types of higher education, be it university or training in a trade. This includes continued funding for arts education in addition to an increased focus on STEM education opportunities. Regardless of the path our children choose, we need to ensure they are not saddled with massive debt and have opportunities to pursue fulfilling careers. In the Legislature, we have passed the Student Opportunity Act because we fought for Framingham to get its fair share of state funding to provide the best possible education for our children. Now we look to higher education and supporting it through the COVID-19 crisis.
Civics Education and Constituent Services
Framingham is home to a large diverse population, and it is the responsibility of its State Representative to welcome all people to the city and provide constituent services. Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office with any questions or concerns you might have.
Paid Family Leave and Living Wage
Any person who works should be paid a fair living wage. Period.
Any person who has a baby should be able to take time off from work without fear of losing his, her, or their job. Period. That's why I'm proud to be part of a Legislature that is focused on PMFL for those impacted by COVID-19.
No family in Framingham should have to choose between paying medical bills and putting food on the table. Providing access to affordable health care (and dental and vision care) is a major priority for our district.
Affordable Housing and Senior Living
The cost of living in Framingham is on the rise, and we are pricing our senior citizens out of our community. In the legislature, I continue to make it a priority to provide affordable pathways for our seniors to stay in their communities, surrounded by friends and loved ones.
I support automatic voter registration, day-of registration, ranked choice voting, and early voting -- but the Legislature must ensure the right kind of support is provided to cities and towns to implement the program and not create another unfunded mandate to be borne by cities.
It is our responsibility to guarantee protections for members of the community in order for them to live securely and without fear. Massachusetts has always led in this area; now we must continue to defend our beloved friends and neighbors and protect them from hate and harm.
Parks and Recreation
I continue to push the mayor's office and other to see that Rail Trail is completed and connected the larger Bruce Freeman Trail, providing both a new commuter option for Framingham residents as well as recreational value. I have worked with the rest of the Legislative delegation to ensure that appropriate funding is available.
Clean Energy and Consumer Protection
I have spent my career fighting for access to clean, advanced energy and would continue to do so in the Legislature. Massachusetts faces dual looming crises: meeting our electricity demand in the face of closing assets all while combating the effect of climate change. I am proud to be part of a coalition that worked to pass S.9 to increase our use of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy storage to provide power at peak periods.
At the same time, the Legislature has a responsibility to protect consumers from massive rate hikes in energy and water, two vital necessities. I would work with the Department of Public Utilities and the Attorney General's office to ensure that our utilities are using fair, performance-based rate structures that benefit all consumers.
I support the Safe Communities Act proposed in the Legislature, which allows local law enforcement to focus on local crimes instead of acting as an agent of the federal immigration agency. This law will keep Framingham safer, as it will allow for our citizens to feel comfortable reporting local crimes.
I also support a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers, access to identification (such as a driver's license) for all immigrants, and the ability for our immigrant community to access in-state resources such as in-state tuition fees at our state and community colleges and universities.
While we enjoy the convenience of additional online services, we need to be increasingly cautious about how our data is being used -- and by whom. Many people, including our children and seniors, are online all day, and we need to feel secure that the information they share is safe. One of my priorities is to ensure that sensitive personal data is kept secure using the most efficient protocols. It is the responsibility of the Legislature to put in place regulations that keep our data secure. I am honored to be on the inaugural committee focusing on advanced IT issues in the 2021-2022 session.