Throughout my special election campaign for the Massachusetts Senate last year, people spoke to me about their inability to make ends meet at the minimum wage, how the cost of a college education was keeping them from getting ahead, and about being forced to choose between the job they need and the sick child they love. People should not have to work two or three jobs to earn a living which leaves little time for family.
Solutions to these problems are before us in the coming year. Paid family and medical leave for all employees is slated to be on the November ballot. An increase in the minimum wage to $15/hour could be up to the voters as well. And we’ll vote on the Fair Share Amendment to provide much needed funding to invest in our transportation system and fund our public schools.
Today, I took out nomination papers from the Secretary of State’s office and will again be a candidate for the Massachusetts Senate. I want to help move North Central Massachusetts forward and make sure that all families can get ahead.
I hope you’ll join me in this important campaign - we have a lot of work to do to make Massachusetts work for everyone.