EDUCATIONAs a mother and a former teacher, Allison is committed to ensuring that every student throughout the district receives a high-quality education. Beacon Hill has left our public schools significantly underfunded for at least fifteen years, forcing our towns to hike property taxes or cut back on school funding. As a former teacher, Allison knows the importance of a well-rounded education. She supports funding for our public schools, and social and emotional learning programs that help support the needs of every child.
- Modernizing the Chapter 70 funding formula to account for 21st century variables, including unanticipated and skyrocketing healthcare and special education costs.
- Implementing the recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission, which identified key drivers of inaccuracy and inequities in our educational funding distribution system and made recommendations to address them.
- Promoting early screening for learning disabilities, particularly for literacy.
- Investing in education from early childhood through accessible and affordable higher education.
- Funding regional transportation.
- Updating the special education circuit breaker reimbursement so the state takes on its fair share of special education costs. Local schools should receive reimbursement in the same year as the original cost was incurred, and in the reimbursement threshold should be lowered so schools can get support for a wider array of special needs children.
ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE & INFRASTRUCTUREClimate change is real, it’s here, and it’s the result of human activity. Our spectacular district, much of it coastal, is on the front lines; if decades of inaction continue, the human, financial and environmental toll will be breathtaking. We need leaders who understand and act decisively. First, we need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels as a way to slow the process of global warming currently underway. Second, recognizing the reality of climate change, we need to manage its impacts on our infrastructure, economy, and way of life. In doing so, we will demonstrate unequivocally that an investment in our environment is an investment in our economy.
- Making all necessary infrastructural improvements—to our bridges, roads, buildings and water supply systems—with climate change projections factored in;
- Carbon pricing: studies show that in just 20 years, such a system could reduce carbon emissions to 50% of 1990 levels while adding thousands of jobs to our economy.
- 50% clean energy by 2030 for Massachusetts
- Investing in low-emission industries, workforce training, renewable energies—including solar and wind, and the removal of barriers to the growth of renewables—retrofitting, energy storage, electric vehicles and even ecotourism.
- Addressing the quiet, creeping water crisis by instituting comprehensive water resources management, including regional withdrawal strategies.
OPIOIDSThe opioid crisis is an epidemic that does not discriminate. Addiction to these substances is a disease that transcends any artificial boundaries by which we might attempt to sort ourselves, and there are as many paths to devastation as there are ways an individual can be in pain. The opioid epidemic did not begin by accident, and it will not end without strong, compassionate, multifaceted leadership that addresses both its roots and its outcomes.
- Increased funding to ensure that there are enough beds in treatment centers for those who have made the commitment to heal;
- Addressing the costs of continuing care from detox through treatment, halfway house, sober house, and school/workforce re-entry;
- Clearly addressing the role and responsibility of pharmaceutical industry in the inception and perpetuation of this crisis through their targeted influence on doctors and the overprescription that followed;
- Creating and supporting effective education and prevention programs in schools, for consumers, and for families struggling with the disease.
HEALTHCARE & REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTSNow, more than any other time in the last 45 years, we must unconditionally defend every woman’s right to make her own healthcare and reproductive decisions. We must ensure that access to affordable reproductive healthcare, education, and contraception are universal and non-negotiable. Allison is 100% pro-choice and will consistently vote for and champion policies that protect reproductive rights and dismantle barriers to health care. Allison has been endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts.
- The Healthy Youth Act, which ensures that any school electing to teach sex education chooses a curriculum that is medically accurate, age appropriate, LGBTQ-inclusive, and truly comprehensive. It enables students to make informed decisions that protect themselves and others from disease, harassment, and unintended pregnancy.
- Abortion access: Politicians across the country, both at the federal and state levels, are working actively to reverse decades of progress on access to safe, legal abortion. Allison will work every day to ensure that women retain the hard-won right to choose.
- Telemedicine: Telemedicine is an efficient, common-sense alternative when various barriers make in-person visits difficult. Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund
GUNSCommon sense gun laws do not violate our freedoms any more than requiring seat belts in cars or fences around swimming pools violates our freedoms to drive or swim. The conversation should not be driven by the gun lobby, but rather must be reframed to address the issue as the non-partisan, public health issue that it is. Allison started a group for gun safety following Sandy Hook and will continue to stand against the gun lobby. Her support of gun violence prevention will be unequivocal; it won’t depend on whether she has a challenger and she won’t resort to election year conversions.
- Implementing public education through the Department of Public Health to ensure that people throughout the Commonwealth are aware of Extreme Risk Protection Orders and able to protect their loved ones from gun violence.
- Legislation that addresses the production and use of untraceable guns made by 3D printers. People who are otherwise prohibited from acquiring guns must not have the ability to manufacture their own.
- Evaluating the feasibility of a state-funded (and perhaps regional) research bureau so that we can continue to make informed, data-driven decisions regarding firearms. While this research should be done at the Federal level via the CDC, it will not happen while the NRA continues to have a stranglehold on the Federal government.
- Working with neighboring states at both the political and grassroots levels to demonstrate the effectiveness of common sense legislation in preventing loss of life from gun violence. As long as states surrounding Massachusetts continue to have weaker gun laws, people can bring weapons in from outside the state, thus increasing our vulnerability.