"Our government is headed in the wrong direction, and I want to get it back on track.
Here are my priorities:
1) Jobs. We need to cut taxes, streamline regulation, and make Massachusetts a great state for business.
2) Reform Beacon Hill. We need to end the insider dealing, cut waste, and embrace a relentless focus on efficiency.
3) Focus on the future. We need to stop passing a burden of debt onto our children. We need great schools, sound environmental stewardship, and fair taxes, so Massachusetts can thrive in the economy of the future."
— Submitted by the candidate
The Mass. Taxpayers Foundation recently recommended that local officials be given the power to design their own health plans without having to negotiate with the unions, and that state retirees use Medicare for their primary health care coverage. Do you support these proposals?
"Yes, I support the general content of these proposals."
The foundation also proposed changes in state and municipal pensions, such as increasing the retirement age and capping annual pensions at $100,000. Do you agree?
"In general, yes - real pension reform is a must."
Do you believe in keeping the requirement that a student must pass the MCAS or an MCAS-like test in order to graduate from high school?
Should the state Legislature be exempt from the state's public records law?
"No. But no one should be fooled into thinking a public records law will change the culture on Beacon Hill.
Three Speakers in a row have faced felony indictments (two convicted and one pending) and the spectacle of the patronage orgy at the Probation Department speaks to deeper issues.
Integrity and transparency have been in short supply - the perils of a one-party system."
Cite any votes (if an incumbent) or positions (if a challenger or newcomer) you have taken that disagree with the stance taken by your party's legislative leadership.
"I make decisions based on data, and what I do is constantly focus on delivering value at the lowest possible cost.
For the past 3 1/2 years, I have served as an elected member of the Needham School Committee. I supported overrides when I felt they were justified and opposed an override that I felt was excessive."
Will you make public any questionnaires you fill out in pursuit of the endorsement of unions or other groups?
Should the Legislature be subject to a full audit?
"Sure - of course, if it's an audit done by a lapdog, it won't mean much. An audit by a real fiscal watchdog (such as Mary Z. Connaughton) - now that would be revealing!"
Is the Legislature holding enough full formal sessions?
"The problem isn't the number of sessions, it is the death grip of power held by the leadership that strangles meaningful debate."
Should there be term limits for the jobs of House Speaker and Senate President?