Education (Chapter 70)
Increase section 10 Aide to municipalities.
Supporting Community Colleges:
Support Healthcare access for adjunct faculty
Supporting H4153 https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/H4153
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows: 1 SECTION 1. Section 2 ( e ) of chapter 32A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended in line 117 by inserting after the word “hours” the 3 following: - “; or a faculty member who teaches the equivalent of at least two three or more4 credit courses per semester, or four three or more- credit courses per calendar year at one or more 5 of the public institutions of higher education in the state, as set forth in section 5 of chapter 15A, 6 including a division of continuing education, regardless of funding source, including but not 7 limited to subsidiary account CC, and regardless of the term of employment or participation or 8 membership in a retirement system or plan; provided, that the commonwealth, not the public 9 higher education institutions, shall bear the cost.”
Economic Development funding for Smart Growth
Aug. 29 Endorsed by Small Business Advocates NFIB.COM
Support Small Businesses
Tax Credit for Small Business (Having severed on the economic assistance coordinating council where most tax credits go to large corporations, Elmer supports changing requirements to make it easier for small business to access the same level of support and tax credits. This will allow business to stay in district by access to reduced tax rates.
Increased Funds for fixing our roads. (chapter 90)
Being an immigrant and having worked with immigration issues for immigrants I have a unique qualification and understanding of the issues surrounding both legal and illegal immigration.
In the past I have obtained funding from the office of Immigrants and Refugees to work with refugees and immigrants to obtain legal status through Temporary Protected Status or TPS.
Working in collaboration with Kmong Lau Foundation, Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services, Centro Presente, Centro Las Americas, and the Spanish American Center.
Providing language based training and education to immigrants so they could apply for citizenship.
Given this unique experience, I don't support sanctuary city legislation mostly because it could potentially cost tax payers and our cities and towns the loss of federal funding thus shifting the burden to tax payers.
There are many issues with illegal immigration. One is that we are not able to vet the person who came here illegally. Two there are many of us who came here legally who had to wait in line and many continue to wait in line while those who came here illegally skip the line.
We need a comprehensive immigration solution. One that takes into account the people who have been waiting in line for years. One that makes sure those here illegally get vetted and get police records to prove the are not criminals who are also fugitives and could harm our citizens.
We need a solution that is also mindful of those who left their countries due to persecution or death threats. We need a policy that will guarantee that individuals coming here will not become a burden to tax payers.
While this issue is a national issue it does affect our state so here is a starting proposal which will need further flushing out.
Here are a few suggestions:
1. Have asylum seekers apply at the nearest consulate in Mexico or Canada.
2. Offer a TPS for DACA. (Temporary Protected Status)
3. For those already here in the country offer a TPS program which they would have to register, get fingerprinted, and complete a background check, pay a fine, pay any back taxes, get a work authorization once completed but no green card for a minimum of 10 years then they can apply for permanent residence if they have no criminal record.
4) pay a tax on money transfers to home country while under TPS after which they would not have a tax) This could go to support schools. Also agree not to be a burden to our government something that was in the original process for immigration. 5) Push our congressional delegation to get to work and do their job as congress should be working to fix immigration. While negotiating include increase funding for Border Patrol, and electronic wall on both Canadian and Mexican borders.
Grants and Tax Incentives for Owner Occupied Housing in Fitchburg
Capping Housing Tax so seniors can stay in their homes.
I am also supporting the following amendments:
Amendment 236: Public Housing
Sponsored by Sen. Joseph Boncore
Sen. Boncore’s amendment provides housing authorities with additional resources and flexibility to preserve public housing. It allows housing authorities to borrow against capital funds, exempts redeveloped replacement units from real estate taxes, and allows housing authorities to retain proceeds from disposition of its property.
Amendment 64: Mortgage Licensing & Exemptions
Sponsored by Sen. Jamie Eldridge
Sen. Eldridge’s amendment will help create affordable homes and protect access to housing assistance programs by creating a narrow exemption for affordable housing nonprofits from state licensing requirements for mortgage loan originators.
Amendment 25: Economic Mobility & Stability Commission
Sponsored by Sen. Jamie Eldridge
Sen. Eldridge’s amendment creates a commission to identify the most effective self-sufficiency programs, examine the impact of cliff effects tied to minimum wage increases, and help shape programs that will best assist low-income families achieve economic mobility and independence.
Also the following budget items:
Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (7004-9024) – $ 100,000,000
Alternative Housing Voucher Program (7004-9030) – $ 6,150,000
Public Housing Operating Subsidy (7004-9005) – $ 65,650,000
Public Housing Reform (7004-9007) – $ 1,000,000
Housing Consumer Education Centers (HCECs) (7004-3036) – $ 3,000,000
Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (7004-9316) – $ 20,000,000
HomeBASE (7004-0108) – $ 32,000,000
Foreclosure Prevention & Housing Counseling (7006-0011) – $ 2,050,000
Housing Court Expansion (0336-0003) – $ 2,600,813
Tenancy Preservation Program (TPP) (7004-3045) – $ 1,300,000
Home and Healthy for Good (7004-0104) – $ 2,390,000
Mass. Accessible Housing Registry (4120-4001) – $ 80,000
Unaccompanied Homeless Youth (4000-0007) – $ 3,300,000
New Lease for Homeless Families (7004-0106) – $ 250,000
Municipal Lighting Authorities: (Amendment by Senator Dean Tran)
“Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the Department of Public Utilities in consultation with the Department of Energy Resources shall develop a plan to facilitate the authorization and regulation of the creation of a new municipal light district in municipalities that choose to undertake such action. The plan shall include but not limited to the acquisition or creation of the necessary infrastructure and mechanisms to acquire and deliver electricity to customers within the district. Said plan shall be submitted to the clerks of the House and Senate and the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy by December 31, 2018.”