FRAMINGHAM – On Tuesday. September 6 voters will resolve between three Democrats to be the sixth Middlesex District’s state consultant.
Voters in newly-created Metropolis of Framingham Precincts 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-10-11-12-13-14-15-16, and a part of precinct 9 are a part of the brand new sixth Middlesex District.
There are three candidates — former mayoral candidate Dhruba Sen, former District 7 Metropolis Councilor Margareth Shepard, and Faculty Committee Chair Priscila Sousa.
SOURCE requested all three a sequence of questions final week. One of many questions centered on the price of dwelling in Framingham. Every candidate was allowed as much as 500 phrases to debate the difficulty.
QUESTION: Many households within the Commonwealth and the Metropolis of Framingham live paycheck to paycheck. How are you going to make Massachusetts inexpensive? Be particular on payments already filed that you’d help or payments you’ll creator.
SOUSA: As I’ve knocked practically 4000 doorways within the district, the one subject I hear extra typically than visitors is affordability. Households who’ve constructed our metropolis and have been staples in our group are being priced out due to the excessive price of dwelling within the Commonwealth.
As the one candidate endorsed by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and a number of other different commerce unions, I hear the considerations of our workforce. They’re involved about what’s going to occur if the roles they depend on are taken away when price of dwelling is continually rising. Individuals who work exhausting on this group shouldn’t be afraid of any of that. I consider that anyone who works exhausting ought to have the flexibility to supply for his or her household, maintain a roof over their head, put meals on the desk, and work in a protected setting. It’s so simple as that.
As a legislator I help before everything my constituents’ proper to guard their paychecks by supporting their proper to arrange. Points like runaway CEO pay sound like scorching button points on a state and federal stage however the reality is it’s affecting the flexibility of our neighbors to remain of their homes. Measures just like the Honest Share Modification guarantee our staff are usually not persevering with to bear the brunt of holding our programs functioning via their pockets.
Moreover, payments like H.14498 would improve the manufacturing of inexpensive properties, take away restrictive zoning boundaries, and suggest progressive options for land use in Massachusetts. Throughout a time when zoning has been used to learn large builders packing our district with housing that doesn’t serve our current inhabitants, it’s time for us to talk up for our residents.
I additionally perceive the difficulty goes far past pay and housing. As a legislator I’ll tackle different larger points like lack of affordability in healthcare because of excessive prices in prescription remedy and excessive administrative overhead for healthcare, meals deserts in communities like those south of Route 135 that creates meals insecurity in far too many households, and an undue burden of rising utility prices due to manufactured power provide points. Far too many households in our group throughout racial and geographical strains are payments juggling, remedy chopping and dealing with meals insecurity.
SEN: Making Massachusetts Reasonably priced is a really broad subject. It may be housing, healthcare, transportation, schooling, utilities , Gasoline costs ETC.
Housing – I’ll help the legislative agenda of CHAPA. H1448, 1417, 1428, 2891, 2899, 1373, 1436, 4505, 1377, 5007, 5077, and lots of others.
Healthcare – I’ll write a invoice in order that Senior Residents are coated by Mass Well being. As of now, as quickly as some one is enrolled in Medicare, one is kicked out of Mass Well being if one is being coated by it – and a complete reevaluation of 1’s eligibility is made and most frequently that Senior Citizen loses Mass Well being protection. The eligibility standards for Mass Well being additionally must revised.
I’ll help H4961, 2318, 5086, 2114, 2320, 4812, 1106, 4982, 2105 , 1041, 1224, 1284, 2081, 2316, 4036, 1101, 4813, 2062, 2079, ETC
Transportation: I help H3572, 3414 and can write payments to implement Honest Share Modification after it passes the poll
Training : Write Payments to implement Honest Share Modification . Help the Pupil Alternative Act.
Utilities: Help H3357, 2905. I’ll write payments to higher regulate the utility firms which in flip could cut back payments.
Gasoline Costs – past the state legislature. Fed gov wants to deal with worth gauging. I don’t help suspending fuel tax – that will have a really quick time period impact however costs will shoot up in a really quick time because of worth gauging. This suspension in impact offers a tax break to large oil.
SHEPARD: Housing, utilities, and baby care are undoubtedly the most important challenges for households who’re dwelling paycheck to paycheck, as Massachusetts ranks as one of the crucial costly states for renters.
I’d work with my colleagues and community-based organizations to sponsor or co-sponsor lease management payments, sponsored earnings base utilities packages, and common entry to pre-kindergarten packages.