Two issues that go hand and hand and are equally important - jobs and education. In the area of jobs, I will work to reform unemployment insurance, which will free up money for employers to create more jobs. In the area of education, I will continue to fight to bring Andover increased Chapter 70 education funds, just as I did this past session when I succesfully fought for Andover to receive the most local aid it had ever received. An educated workforce is our best tool for creating jobs.
What areas of state government will you fight to reform this term, if any? Why? (Up to 100 words.)
If re-elected, I will fight to reform unemployment insurance in order to encourage job creation. I have filed amendments to do this in the past and will continue that fight. Massachusetts’ unemployment system is one of the most costly systems in the nation for employers. There are common sense reforms we can make in this area that will save employers money while at the same time protecting unemployed workers.
What specific role have you played to advance the Interstate-93 interchance project in Andover? How important is this project to you?
I have personally lobbied Senators Brown and Kerry and worked with Congresswoman Tsongas and the Lt. Governor to move this project along. I fought for state funding for the interchange’s environmental review in the latest Transportation Bond Bill. This project is one of my top priorities because of its job-making prospects.
What specific role did you play to increase state aid to Andover this past budget cycle?
This past year when the House sent over his budget, I was not satisfied with the local aid that the town of Andover was getting back. I pushed for higher local aid in the Senate budget and as a result, Andover got the largest amount of local aid it has ever received.