Jobs and the Economy

When Wall Street crashed our economy, they got bailed out; the people of Massachusetts didn’t. But we’ve fought our way back, and now Massachusetts is poised to take off – again. We have the opportunity to build a Commonwealth that is both prosperous and fair, a state where every worker has access to a good job that pays a decent wage, and where businesses want to locate.

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We have a responsibility to help every child in Massachusetts reach his or her full potential, and ensuring that an affordable, high quality education is available to every child is vitally important to safeguarding the future health and prosperity of our Commonwealth. A world-class education dramatically expands the opportunities available to young people and will help us remain a state that businesses look to because of the strength of our workforce.

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Massachusetts has long been a national leader in providing high-quality, affordable health coverage to our citizens; the Commonwealth is home to some of the best hospitals in the world, and our companies are on the cutting edge of medical innovation. Our goal today must be to balance that world-class level of access and quality with affordability, and to recognize the importance of caring for those with behavioral health issues with the same commitment with which we care for those facing challenges to their physical health.

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Civil Rights

Massachusetts has a proud history of standing up for the rights of women, minorities, and members of the LGBTQ community. As AG, Martha stood with the LGBTQ community when she was the first and only Attorney General to file a lawsuit challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a lawsuit that helped shape the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the law once and for all. Martha is proud to have been part of the fight to ensure equal treatment for all, and is proud to have received the endorsement of MassEquality, but knows there is still much work to be done.

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Energy and the Environment

Protecting our environment and building the foundation for a clean energy future are important pieces of the legacy we will hand down to our children. We cannot wait any longer to confront the real challenges we face – confronting the reality of climate change, preserving diminishing natural resources, and mitigating threats to our environment, including pollution and deforestation.

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Public Safety and Gun Control

Martha has spent her entire career in public service working to make the people of Massachusetts safer. Martha has sat with numerous families impacted by violent crimes, and prosecuted hundreds of dangerous criminals, including cases involving gun violence. She knows what works, and knows how to tackle the public safety challenges we still face; she is proud to have received the endorsement of the Massachusetts Coalition of Police, Massachusetts Police Association.

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Decades of underinvestment have left us with roads and bridges that are crumbling and a public transportation system that is seriously outdated. The condition of the Commonwealth’s transportation system and other public infrastructure is critical to supporting our economy, promoting economic growth in every region, and reducing our impact on the environment. Meaningful investment in our infrastructure now will help ensure economic prosperity and save Massachusetts’ taxpayers millions of dollars in the future.

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If we are serious about building a Commonwealth that embraces the principles of equality and opportunity for everyone, we must address the fact that, even today, women face unfair obstacles in their everyday lives. Every young woman should grow up knowing, not hoping, that they will be treated equally. Martha is proud to have received the endorsement of Emily’s List, NARAL, and Planned Parenthood; she is a fearless and devoted advocate who has fought, and as Governor will fight, every day for the economic and social interests of women and their families throughout the Commonwealth.

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Bringing down the high cost of housing in Massachusetts is one of the key steps we can take to energize the economy and lessen the burden on working families in Massachusetts. Reducing the amount individuals and families pay for housing, and increasing our stock of designated affordable housing, will add billions of dollars to economy, encourage young people to stay in Massachusetts, and reduce the rate of homelessness.

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Martha understands the challenges facing the immigrant community in Massachusetts. She has worked closely with the community to effectively address problems like domestic violence and gangs, and to protect workers from being exploited, regardless of their status. Martha has consistently voiced her support for comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level, but with Washington hopelessly gridlocked, Martha understands that we need to explore state level solutions to the persistent challenges facing members of the immigrant community and our state.

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Worker's Rights

Throughout her time at Attorney General, Martha has forged a strong relationship with organized labor, and stood alongside them as they have fought for the rights of workers in Massachusetts. Protecting the rights of workers and working families is critical to reducing income inequality and ensuring that everyone can share in economic growth and prosperity.

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Massachusetts has close to 500,000 veterans; we owe each of these men and women an enormous debt of gratitude for the sacrifices they have made on our behalf, but our appreciation cannot stop at “thank you.” Veterans deserve our full support when they leave the military, and there is more we can do to help many veterans deal with the challenges they face as they attempt to transition back into civilian life.

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