"I am running for re-election because I want to keep fighting so that our state remains affordable for working families, seniors, and those just entering the workforce.
I want to make sure the Legislature continues to focus on creating jobs, keeping taxes down, and government accountability - all of which I have championed during my time in the Senate."
— 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?
"The Mass. Taxpayers Foundation proposals warrant a thorough review and careful consideration and I anticipate discussing these options with the impacted parties this fall and during the next legislative session."
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?
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?
"I believe we should review the impact of removing this exemption and determine if it will negatively impact policy development and discussions. I would also like to review how other states handle this issue before determining whether any changes to the exemption are appropriate.
Whatever is decided, we must ensure the privacy and confidentiality of constituents who contact our offices for assistance with sensitive, personal issues."
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.
"1) My very first vote was against a Senate redistricting plan that would have hurt the Merrimack Valley and weakened its representation in Congress.
2) I voted against increasing our state's sales tax.
3) I voted against increasing our state's alcohol tax and gas tax.
4) I voted against legislative efforts to appoint an interim US senator.
5) I lead the effort to significantly change the "Pacheco Law" so that the state could more vigorously pursue the privatization of services."
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?
Is the Legislature holding enough full formal sessions?
Should there be term limits for the jobs of House Speaker and Senate President?
"Term limits for the Senate President already exist."