I would like to announce my candidacy for State Representative for the 2nd Middlesex District. The 2nd Middlesex District includes Littleton and Westford, where I live, and Precincts 3, 5 and 7 in Chelmsford. My decision to run is based upon an on-going dialogue with residents and business owners. All are worried and desperate for economic relief and stability, and urged me to run.
My top priority will be the economy. Addressing the state’s economy requires a disciplined approach to taxes, state spending practices and job creation.
Local property and state taxes need to remain low to attract large employers. The state is not helping with promises of grants for economic development. The concepts are slow to develop, focused on limited industries and placing the financial burden on towns to temporarily waive taxes.
Our towns’ need for revenue, in a climate of falling home values, puts too much pressure on our communities to change zoning; changing the look and feel of the towns we cherish. We cannot allow this.
The legislature needs to embrace economic diversity, revise archaic development laws and stop funding pet-projects, such as Evergreen Solar.
Every small business owner knows that if you borrow, additional revenue will be needed to repay the debt. The state is borrowing to supplement operating budgets and raiding rainy day funds. This type of investment will not increase revenue. The only assured means of increasing revenue for the state is to increase taxes. Small business owners are reluctant to expand, worrying taxes will increase. Borrow and invest in infrastructure to promote commerce and stop borrowing to bail out failing divisions.
Local aid or Chapter 70 school funding has a significant effect on the wealth of any community. It provides an educated workforce and stabilizes home values. Increasing Chapter 70 is paramount to putting the economy back on track. And it begins with an examination of the model Chapter 70 distributions are based on. The model was developed in 1993, long before MCAS. A new model will bring parity to district towns.
Chipping away at pension abuse should not be considered extraordinary, but a routine function of the Legislature. A rigorous approach is needed; lowering taxes, fiscal discipline and increased local aid will invigorate the economy. I am asking for your vote for 2nd Middlesex State Representative in November.
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