TRANSPORTATION

Massachusetts is in dire need of a new transit system that can accommodate the growing population. The current system is outdated and inefficient, with many faults. I am proposing a new transit system plan to alleviate these issues and provide a better experience for all commuters. I am confident that my plan will be able to do this for the Massachusetts residents, and it is time for this to happen. A new proposed plan would make the system more efficient and reliable by adding eight new subway lines to the existing T system and other new means of revenue creation. The project would cost $2 billion and take ten years to complete; however, cities implementing this plan have seen reduced congestion and better quality of life.

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REORGANIZATION

The MBTA is slow to respond to the needs of the repair and service rendered to the residents of Massachusetts. Residents can attribute this to the state creating so many management positions that it has become too big to be responsive.

Here is what I want to do. 

  1. I want to increase the shareholders of the MBTA by making it a publicly owned organization of the residents of Massachusetts. In doing so, we can work to make the transit system here the first workshare cooperative and allow for a public dividend to be paid out every month to residents who have lived in Massachusetts for a total of 5 years or more. To ensure the monthly public compensation which I'm calling the Milton Friedman Pubic Dividend Fund, we will begin to phase out public subsidies for a ride-per-cost model. We all pay the full fare for the entirety of our ride, which will help add revenue to the MBTA and households in Massachusetts. 

  2. The new structure would make the residents of Massachusetts the shareholders with the voting privilege of a private entity and selection of the new board consisting of a group of elected officials, MBTA labor and MBTA management. This should include the Mayors of the cities and a Selectman delegate of the towns within a county. That number within the county should be how many people are elected in the two categories by the county's residents; MBTA workers who are a part of the labor force, and MBTA Management who are  a part of the operations. That Board will vote for the new Chief Executive of the MBTA, who can act unilaterally to execute the needed changes to the public transit system and eliminate the redundant or ineffective positions in management. 

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ALTERNATIVE REVENUE

The MBTA system needs to find new ways to make money. We can do this by creating hybrid partnerships between the state and businesses. One way is to start new bus lines that charge a fee, like express buses for Greater Boston, Greater Worcester, and Greater Springfield. We also should explore repurposing the MBTA Ride in exchange for a more convenient on-demand service, which I will go into later for our disabled residents. This could allow us to create a fleet partnership with platforms like Uber and Lyft, providing added revenue from the taxes and weekly rentals. Finally, we need to enable the expansion of the 20th largest transportation industry in the country, to create a presence of shuttle service in largely underserved areas. We can do this by incorporating sprinter vans to use the bus lanes for discounted carpool service, known in New York as dollar vans, and charge them a fee and an upfront charge for the route itself. This will help the MBTA system stay open and help people get where they need to go.

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REPAIRS AND OVERHAUL

The MBTA is looking to secure $7.3 billion in additional funding over the next five years, focusing on system-wide renovations and repairs. To make this happen, the MBTA must identify new revenue sources. One potential source is a proposed increase to the gas tax, which would go into effect July 1 and raise an estimated $66 million annually. The proposed tax would add 2 cents per gallon to the state's current 24-cent gas tax.

I believe we can avoid raising taxes if we incorporate private services into the space to help subsidize the cost of operations and renovations. This creates three new revenue sources from the income tax of the driver, the business tax of the owners of the routes, and the surcharge for each rider. In selling the routes, we can raise funds for the seed capital for any repairs needed to the service. 

Education and Childcare 

The current cost of child care in Massachusetts is too high and often results in a parent having to quit their job to stay home and care for their child. The average cost of daycare in Massachusetts is $1,742 a month for one child. These costs are not only financially draining for parents, but also discourage parents from having more children, and push them away from those who want to go back to work after raising a family. Our solution, a new proposal with the goal of lowering child care costs by 50% and reforming the education system, will help thousands of families in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts School System is also in need of reform. The current system is structured to protect the power of a select few at the cost of children. Our plan would ensure that every student receives a high quality education regardless of their ZIP code. We want to make that change! METCO FOR ALL! Our plan will be focused on delivering and supporting the following:

Economy 

Massachusetts must prepare for a recession. In the wake of the change in the global market, and the recent pandemic, many highly educated and skilled workers have been put out of work. But what if you could make their skills useful again? We've developed a plan to fix the Massachusetts economy and prepare for any future recession by leveraging the knowledge of unemployed workers. It includes a database that matches workers with employers looking for talent, an app that connects unemployed job seekers with available jobs, and more. We propose to prepare the Massachusetts economy and prepare for the recession. This will involve a mix of lowering taxes, investing in infrastructure, and promoting entrepreneurship through workshare cooperatives, small business investment and aggressive workforce development. We will also create more jobs by investing in businesses that can make an immediate impact. Finally, we will lower the cost of living by reducing energy costs and making health care more affordable.

Housing

Massachusetts has a home affordability crisis. Median home prices and rents are the highest in the country. Massachusetts residents are forced to spend significant amounts of their income on housing, leaving little for essentials like food, childcare and transportation. The Massachusetts Housing Crisis is a complex issue that will require multifaceted solutions but our solution, making a renters and property owners alliance in order to purchase apartment units, would be a first step in addressing this crisis and making it more affordable for all.

Disability Services

Massachusetts has not updated to accommodate the needs of those with disabilities, and reforms are in order. This is a system built for the able and not for those looking to enjoy public accommodations in the disabled community. The current public and private provisions have allowed property and business owners to discriminate against people, while be it unintentionally, with disabilities regarding egress in emergencies. Some issues are making it difficult for them to find accessible housing. There are no prohibitions against ADA apartments being rented to able-body individuals or families, work, and transportation. It is time we update the laws in Massachusetts to protect these individuals from discrimination and make these basic needs accessible for all.

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WHEELCHAIR ACCESIBLE VEHICLES (WAV’s)

The MBTA already has many problems. Fare hikes, deferred maintenance, and now the declining ridership due to safety concerns. The MBTA must phase out the Ride or repurpose it to manage the shuttle fleet. Instead, for our disabled residents, create a fleet partnership with Ride Share companies to provide wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAVs). This will save taxpayers $3.3 billion over the next 20 years while providing a service expected to grow in demand as baby boomers age.

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Assistive Technology

We want to make high-quality, affordable assistive technology available for everyone who needs it in Massachusetts. 

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Universal Escape

Massachusetts has a problem: the state's fire and building codes do not protect disabled people in an emergency. Under current Massachusetts fire and building codes, buildings are only required to provide a means of escape for all occupants but not for people with disabilities. The result is that more than 85% of facilities in Massachusetts do not have accessible stairwells and elevators or methods of egress. I want to include measures that include tools and means for escape for disabled individuals. I also want to prohibit the sale or rental of ADA units to non-disabled individuals.

Child Welfare, Mental Health and Prison Reform

Massachusetts has one of the most overcrowded state prisons in the country. We want to reform the system with policies that reduce incarceration, increase safety, and promote rehabilitation. I have an intimate understanding of the needs of these populations. After a stint of homelessness while at Harvard and working at Pine Street Inn as a Veteran Homeless councilor, I've seen firsthand how mental health issues and addiction can lead to incarceration. My goal is to develop and push legislation that will reduce the number of children entering the foster care system and to provide increased mental health and addiction resources for incarcerated individuals.

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Deal With The Elephant In The Room

Mental health conditions has risen staggeringly in the past decade. It is estimated that around 1 in 4 Americans experience mental health problems. In Massachusetts, we have seen a 10 percent increase in the number of homeless people, many of whom are struggling with mental health issues. It's time to declare a mental health crisis and get these people the care they deserve.

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Correction Not Just Revenge

In Massachusetts, there are 282 prisoners on Death Row. The state is the country's leader in the number of inmates on Death Row and fifth in its number of prisoners per 100,000 residents. The state spends more than $1 billion to support the prison system, with only a tiny percentage going to education and job training programs to prepare inmates for life outside prison. We need to reduce recidivism and prepare prisoners for life as productive members of society. 

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Humanity in  Child Welfare Services

Massachusetts needs to protect children in foster care from trauma, with an intense oversight. Our solution, intensive training for new foster parents and caseworkers, will help them better understand the trauma experienced by kids in their care in order to provide better support.

Covid 19 Corrections and Preparations

Lockdowns are traumatizing and ineffective. The economic losses to our state are countless. They also have a detrimental impact on student's ability to learn. With so many schools and other public buildings on lockdown, we must protect our children, our economy, and our civil rights by enacting legislation to prohibit lockdowns in Massachusetts. In the event of a winter surge, we must partner with companies like Blue Sky Global, SenseWare, and incorporate Micro-Climate Technology, which has created a revolutionary new way to monitor and treat indoor air quality. The technology uses an industrial filtration model for indoor spaces that mimic the filtration in airplanes and air quality monitoring in indoor areas to ensure that every person's environment is clean and safe. The Libertarian solution relies on the free market solution base model. It brings in a company whose device captures airborne particulate matter that can harm people in indoor spaces, such as offices, factories, warehouses, and schools. Our filters remove harmful particles from the air and alert the user about the current air quality so that they may take necessary precautions to protect themselves. An AI-powered air quality monitoring system can detect pollutants in the air down to parts per million. It also integrates with a filtration system that removes 99.9% of pollutants. Our solution monitors the indoor environment and alerts for hazardous situations, such as a fire, mold, or virus outbreak. This will protect school-aged children from lockdowns and provide a safe learning environment for all Massachusetts students.

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But What The Heck Is A Libertarian?

Libertarianism is a political philosophy that advocates for freedom from excessive government control and interference. This includes economic freedom as our chief goal the economic independence of the working class, social liberty, and personal autonomy.
Libertarians believe in individuals' right to make decisions for themselves without any external force or coercion. They are against government intervention in the economy or personal life. And they support the idea of maximizing one's self-interests without harming others.
Libertarians believe people should have more freedom to live as they see fit. This means living without being hampered by laws that subvert civil rights, excessive regulations, or other forms of control encroachments on individual liberty and freedom imposed by society or their government.

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Get to Know Us

Here are the  principals that govern my decision making process as a libertarian. 

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Anarcho-Capitalism

The belief that Government monopolizes services that would be better left to corporations and considering abolishing the current procedure in favor of a system run entirely by corporations.

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Civil-Libertarianism

Believes that government can not pass laws that restrict, suppress, or selectively fail to protect people in their day-to-day lives.

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Classical Liberalism

Believes in the basic concept of the Declaration of Independence. That all people have fundamental human rights. And the sole legitimate function of government is to protect those rights.

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Geo Libertarianism

Uses the concept of land never really being owned to support an idea for one universal tax. They propose a single land rental tax with revenue used to support collective interest as determined in a democratic process.

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Minarchism

Unlike Anarcho-Capitalists and Libertarian Socialists, Minarchists believe that smaller non-government groups should serve the government. However, they think a government must still perform a few collective needs.

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Fiscal Libertarianism

Believes in free trade, low or non-existent taxes, and minimal or non-existent corporate regulation.

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Libertarian Socailism

(Marketed as Workshare Cooperation) - Believes the fundamental ideals of the Anarcho-Capitalist, that government is a monopoly but believes that workshare cooperation or labor unions should control the means of production.

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Objectivism

Believes in the philosophy of Ayn Rand and the Virtue of Selfishness. "It is not because of the benevolence of the butcher that we get our daily meat, but in their self-interest."

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Neo-Libertarianism

Believes in a strong military and that the United States Government should use that military to overthrow dangerous and oppressive regimes.

Love

Paleo-Libertarian

Believes the opposite of Neo-Libertarianism. Believe that we should be isolationist, and the United States should not become entangled in international affairs.

Practical 
Libertarianism

My goal is not to see a libertarian utopia with an uncompromising commitment to the ideas above. However, in decision-making, I aim to use these theories to come up with solutions to problems with more freedom, not less. Below are two issues that are the most provocative but based on a commitment to respect human and constitutional rights, allowing for a moral consistency despite the uncomfortably it may arouse. 

Practical and principled, not extreme! 

Why I Can't Support Gun Control

Why I Am Opposed To The War On The Second Amendment

As a direct response to the recent national shooting and gun control debates, Governor Baker has taken a stand for increased public safety. I respect that desire; however, there are problems with how we observe the 2nd Amendment for residents in the Commonwealth. Gun control in Massachusetts is unsuitable as it currently is executed because it will make my second amendment rights vulnerable to government infringement. It will make it harder for me to buy guns necessary for hunting and self-defense and limit qualified residents' ability to defend themselves, family or their community from criminals. While I am not supporting any legislation to repeal current gun laws, I do want to promote pardoning everyone with state offenses in the past or future. If a person has no state offenses and is not being investigated for any crime other than possession, they will be pardoned. I do not intend and will not support any unconstitutional laws within the Commonwealth, and the observance of such laws violates residents' rights if they choose to observe or not. I will, however, seek to avoid such a stance and work with the legislature to promote language that moves Massachusetts to a "Shall Permit State" because of the following.

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There is no constitutional basis for criminals not to vote while incarcerated. Massachusetts should expand the right to vote.
Incarcerated citizens are denied the right to vote in many states, which is inappropriate and does not comply with the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. The 14th Amendment guarantees all citizens “equal protection of the laws” and “the privileges and immunities of citizens.” This includes voting rights, which cannot be denied based on a person’s criminal record or incarceration status. If elected, I want to make Massachusetts the third state in New England to allow the franchise to be observed for people within state correctional facilities. 

In most states, including Massachusetts, felons have their voting rights restored after they serve their time in prison or complete parole or probation. In these cases, there is an argument that it is fair to deny them voting rights while incarcerated because they have not completed their sentence yet. However, there are also many cases where prisoners who will never be released from prison still have their voting rights revoked indefinitely - even if they committed a nonviolent crime or were sentenced before adulthood.

Again, The United States Constitution does not explicitly forbid incarcerated citizens from voting. Voting is a right that is conferred by state constitutions and legislation. In the case of Massachusetts, the constitution does not explicitly give incarcerated people the right to vote, but it does not expressly prohibit it either. There is no constitutional basis for criminals not to vote while incarcerated.