I'm a lifelong resident of Woburn and a small-business owner. For 15 years as a doctor of chiropractic, I've specialized in relieving pain and suffering of patients. As a candidate, I've witnessed pain and suffering in our district. I've seen long food pantry lines, heard firsthand of families struggling to put food on their tables, clothes on their children’s backs, and worries about skyrocketing energy costs.
It's inexcusable that legislation of our politicians has made Mass. the 3rd worst state in which to do business, leads the nation in under-employment, lost 94,000 manufacturing jobs, increased the unemployment rate, which has resulted in an 88% increase in food stamp assistance.
It's heartbreaking that the only economic status improving is that of incumbent state senator Donnelly.
He authored legislation (S1046) allowing him to double-dip (receive a taxpayer-funded pension and a Senate salary). While using his position for self-enrichment, he denied the rest of us tax relief. Seniors battle for "tax work off programs" to stay in their homes, but he denied them a $970 "circuit breaker" tax credit.
Arlington residents are burdened with increasing property taxes and Proposition 2 1/2 overrides while legislators cut $3 billion in local aid. Municipalities struggle with shrinking budgets, forced to cut services and programs, while Donnelly voted against guaranteeing local aid and distributing surplus tax revenues as local aid.
This election isn't about touting a party line, conservatism, or liberalism. It's about providing leadership that seniors, families, and businesses can count on.
I will restore local aid with bills to return 1% of sales tax to cities/towns, create jobs by decreasing business taxes and regulations, eliminate job-killing "personal property tax", and fight for tax relief.