Bills I Filed
I filed 4 significant bills this session, all of them systemic proposals that haven't been suggested before in the MA legislature.
The first is an energy jobs bill (H.3473), and you can find information on it in the 1-pager below.
The second bill (H.3523) closes a tax loophole on dividends and interest income (which is overwhelmingly earned by the wealthiest income-earners in the state) and invests the resulting revenue evenly ($880 million, split in half) to implement some of the recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission for Chapter 70 funding of schools, and to shift charter school funding to the state so that districts are not involved in funding charter schools.
Along with this, I am filing a small bill (H.3478) that would, as a temporary measure, cap the amount district schools pay per student who goes to a charter school at the statewide average per-pupil expenditure.
The third bill (H.2853) would require diversity training for all educators and would create a new state position to be a resource and advisor to districts on diversity and inclusion issues. I'm not putting effort into passing this bill, but rather am using it as a starting point to get the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to implement many pieces which they could already do which would be better than legislation.
The final bill (H.3485) is an Election Modernization Act, which includes many sections of election system improvements, many of which have no chance of passing soon, and not all of which I'm sure I even agree with. I wanted to get these comprehensive ideas on the table for future sessions. Some ideas in the bill, such as same-day registration, automatic registration, and ranked-choice voting, are being introduced by others as well this session and may have a chance to move forward this year or next.
For more info on carbon pricing specifically, see http://climate-xchange.org/
Other Policies I Support
In addition to my own bills, there are many other legislators' bills that I am working to support, and in some cases that I've gone with groups of legislators to support at hearings or signed on to written testimony.
A small set of specific MA state-level policies that I support include:
Single-payer health insurance
Lowering the sales tax
Increasing the income tax
Eliminating property taxes
Bans on conversion therapy for LGBTQIA+ youth
Larger investment in public education
Fixing the Ch 70 Foundation Budget school formula
Having charter schools
Shifting charter funding to state rather than districts
Requiring civics education
Automatic and same-day voter registration
Lowering the voting age
Programs to prevent homelessness
Public funding for homeless shelters
Integrating mental health care into general health for all
Protecting women's access to contraception
Eliminating most mandatory minimums
Switching from money-bail to a risk assessment tool
Easier expungement of youth criminal records