At the end of the day, I believe in commonsense solutions to the problems we face.
I'm a Republican because I do not believe we need government to do everything for us, especially spend more of our money. I believe in lower taxes and greater efficiency.
That doesn't mean I don't believe in working across the aisle.
I am the only Republican who stood up for mandatory mediation in the foreclosure prevention legislation. I've heard from too many constituents who are struggling to stay in their home. Mandatory mediation would require all parties to sit at the table and see if they can work out a deal before they foreclose. Foreclosures hurt communities. They can devastate property values in a neighborhood where the properties stay vacant.
I broke from Republican and Democratic leadership alike by voting against the health care cost containment legislation because I don't believe it will control costs.
I'm the only Republican to co-sponsor legislation to make civics a requirement for high school graduation, because I believe we need to be doing more to prepare our youth for being active citizens.
I am the only Republican to have co-sponsored legislation supported by the Massachusetts Teachers Association.
I'm the only Republican to support legislation limiting check-cashing fees because I believe the practices of predatory businesses should be curbed.