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The Issues

No matter where I go throughout our district, the number one concern on people’s minds is the economy.  Some are worried that the recession was overwhelming and the recovery is not happening fast enough.  Others are concerned that health care costs are too expensive and that the increases each year are unsustainable.  People are still worried about the future and they are turning to their government for help.

I have listened to the individual stories and done everything possible to fight for important changes that would have a real impact sooner, rather than later.  I knew there were ways to make government more efficient, to eliminate wasteful spending, and to help create an environment where businesses could once again thrive.  I also knew this could be accomplished while protecting core services to those who needed them the most, our children, our seniors, and our veterans.

Our Commonwealth has been dealing with a significant reduction in Federal funding over the past two years.  We have been forced to find a way to do more with less.  But, I am proud to say we met this challenge and did it without raising taxes, while increasing our “rainy day fund” to over one billion dollars, and while keeping our unemployment rate well below the national average.  Thanks to a well balanced and disciplined fiscal policy, and a series of legislative reforms, Massachusetts is recovering from the “great recession” much faster than the rest of the nation.

There is still a great deal of work to be done, but I am confident that we are headed in the right direction.  I invite you to look over this website and read more about my accomplishments in the legislature and to see how Massachusetts is well positioned to move towards a great future.