Legislation and Issues

Economic Development

  • We have successfully helped people return to work in the community through effective legislation and initiatives that ultimately lowered the unemployment rate for each district town.
  •  Fought for the hardworking residents in the community by increasing minimum wage for employees and lowering costs for business owners through economically balanced legislation.
  • Lowered costs for business owners through an updated unemployment insurance rating table and multi-year rate freeze, as well as the reduction of unemployment insurance costs and expansion the seasonal employer exemption.
  • Increased economic growth across the district by bringing in programs aimed at investing in start-ups and small businesses to promote early stability and growth. For a full list of these programs please click here.
  • Reformed the state’s welfare system through deliberate provisions to ensure a strong system of checks and balances to prevent benefit fraud and abuse, as well as resources to the Department of Transitional Assistance.
  • Advocated for business development incentives for local companies such as A. Duie Pyle, Genzyme, St. Gobain, Meadowbrook Orchards, Injectronics and Philip Precision broadening the commercial tax base and bolstering job creation.

Health and Human Services

  • Led efforts to reform pharmaceutical practices within the state through conducting legislative investigative hearings to broaden oversight and enforcement, increase patient safety, and improve transparency at all levels.
  • Advocated for increased access to treatment for individuals confronting substance addiction as well as increased action to combat the opiate epidemic currently sweeping through the Commonwealth.
  • A leader in advocating for increased benefits and services for our service members, returning veterans, and military families.

Environmental Protection

  • Continuously leading the fight to protect the district’s historic Wachusett Watershed.
  • Fought for environmental legislation such as the Dam and Seawall Bill which funded the successful removal of Lancaster’s Bartlett Pond Dam, ultimately protecting the surrounding natural environment and enhancing the level of public safety within the community.
  • Advocating for the creation of the Nashua River Natural Resource Area through fighting for state funding that will provide long-term recreational and educational use for the district.
  • Fought to preserve 165 acres of natural habitat through the successful implementation of four land protection projects that protected properties including scenic floodplain fields near the confluence of the North and South branches of the Nashua River and more than 100 contiguous acres of floodplain forest along the north bank.

Education

  • Leading the initiative to enhance the level of safety and security within our schools while protecting the learning and nurturing environment necessary for students to thrive.
  • Successfully advocated for increasing regional school transportation reimbursement to 90%.  
  • Fought to increase funding which directly supports public school operations, as well as provide state aid to each of our school districts to assist with educational costs.
  • Pushed to increase the Special Education Circuit Breaker funding which provides partial reimbursement funds to the school district for the costs of each special education student, ensuring that every student has access to the best education and a nurturing learning environment while decreasing the burden on local communities.

Military and Veterans

  • Played a pivotal role in passing the Military Infrastructure Bond Bill which provides $177 million dollars to promote national security efforts in Massachusetts, preserves 46,500 jobs, and provides capital investments to improve the Massachusetts military bases.
  • Spearheaded the GUARD Act, a crucial piece of legislation that will provide substantial update to Massachusetts General Laws, which allows the states military forces to effectively operate in the current post-9/11 environment.
  • Filed a joint resolution calling on the President and Congress to address the overwhelming increase in veteran suicide and abuses within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Acknowledged as a leader in the passage of the 2012 VALOR Act and the subsequent 2014 VALOR Act II which expands services and support such as veterans’ services, education, healthcare, and workforce training for service members, veterans, and military families.