This week, Homes for Families is continuing to highlight the positions of the candidates for Governor, and today we will examine the Democratic nominee Deval Patrick:
- Homelessness: In 2006, Gov. Patrick appointed a Commission to End Homelessness to determine solutions to homelessness and how to shift to a system based on housing.
- Human Services: Plans to consolidate more of the human services agencies to provide “one-stop service” to persons in need, and also to manage our costs down. The governor does support a bill in the legislature that would make it a crime to use or accept EBT cards for liquor or cigarettes.
- CORI Reform: During his first term Gov. Patrick pushed for CORI Reform and signed CORI Reform legislation this past summer.
- Casinos: Supports no more than 3 destination resort-style casinos
- Taxes: Believes we should reduce property tax but keep the sales tax at 6.25%. Gov. Patrick says that he closed tax loopholes, which brought in $500 million in tax revenue and level the playing field for small businesses.
- Education: Wants to continue to work on eliminating the achievement gap in our education system and made the first step by signing an education reform bill. He points to other achievements in education including topping the nation in 4th and 8th grade reading levels; increased early childhood education; made the greatest investment in education in the state’s history.
- Immigration: Deval does not feel that Arizona’s immigration law is right for our state and feels similar types of laws could cause undue harm on those who are in Massachusetts legally.
- Environment: He supports solar manufacturing and installation companies and has supported the Cape Wind Project. Gov. Patrick claims to have instituted the strongest laws to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the nation and says that his administration’s investment in alternative energy has quadrupled solar companies and tripled jobs in the solar industry. Additionally, he proposes investing $2 billion in energy efficiency programs that will result in over $6 billion in savings.
- Healthcare: Plans to cut health insurance costs for both state government and private sector and points to his administration’s blockage of health insurance cost increases. Under his first term, 97.5% of residents were covered with health insurance, adding 400,000 new individuals on insurance rolls.