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January 4, 20200

Issues Facing Our State

Although the situation in Washington is dire, here at home, there are many critical things we can do to protect our families, our economy, and our rights. Some of Jen’s legislative priorities include:

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Public Transit

  • Investing in and modernizing the MBTA will be one of Jen’s top priorities.
  • The T is personal for Jen. She was a long-time Red Line commuter and decided to change jobs because she could not count on public infrastructure to get her home in time.
  • We cannot have a thriving economy when people cannot get to work, nor can we cut our carbon emissions without making mass transit attractive and reliable. The T needs to be reliable and affordable if we want more commuters to choose it.
  • Jen is committed to identifying new dedicated revenue streams for the T, lowering the cost of rides, investment in parking at terminus stations like Alewife, electrifying more of the system, and she has the political will and commitment to get it adopted.

Public Colleges and Universities

  • Jen is committed to restoring our UMass system to fiscal health by passing the Cherish Act, which would restore funding for the system to 2001 levels.
  • She is also committed to fighting for legislation to ensure a debt-free option for in-state students who enroll in public colleges. Massachusetts has the fastest rising cost of public higher education in the nation, and no Massachusetts student should have to go into debt or visit food pantries to attend our UMass system.
  • We need a state system that is both excellent and affordable to ensure that every student has access to a world-class college education, and this requires adequate state funding.

Climate Change

  • Jen will bring urgency to reversing climate change and preparing for the effects of flooding and other climate emergencies in the 24th Middlesex.
  • Jen will fight for state policies that move us faster toward 100% renewable energy, prioritize mass transit and electric vehicles, promote environmental justice, and make Massachusetts a leader in developing green jobs
  • Jen will cosponsor and advocate for the bill sponsored by Rep. Marjorie Decker and Rep. Sean Garballey to promote 100% renewables.
  • Jen has marched with Mothers Out Front and Sunrise Boston in the climate marches and State House protests.

Public K-12 Education

  • Jen led the largest non-profit partner of Cambridge Public Schools for 9 years, and currently leads a mentorship program in Boston for young people pursuing careers in architecture, construction, and engineering.
  • Jen is a public school parent and a graduate of public schools in Massachusetts.
  • As your Representative, Jen will fight to ensure the Student Opportunity Act is fully funded and work to create additional funding streams for schools serving low-income students.

Bodily Autonomy

  • We must secure women’s rights and the rights of pregnant people to healthcare here at home by passing the ROE Act. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, having appropriate laws on the books to protect our rights is essential. 
  • Jen has fought for the rights of survivors throughout her career. As the director of a rape crisis center in Framingham, she expanded services to immigrant communities and children and introduced a 24-hour hotline.

Safe Communities

  • We must protect immigrant communities by passing the Safe Communities Act, which ensures that local police do not report undocumented immigrants to ICE.
  • These policies encourage crime victims and witnesses to work with the police rather than hiding from them, making all of us safer. They also ensure that perpetrators of crimes cannot pressure a victim by using their immigration status against them.
  • We also must prioritize gun sense policies to keep Massachusetts as the safest state for gun violence and to ensure that no residents must fear gun violence in their communities.


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