ISSUES

 

Massachusetts Democrats believe that every person has the right to live a full, meaningful life with equal access to opportunity, security, and inclusion. 

 

MASSACHUSETTS DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM

Excerpts from the Massachusetts Democratic Platform:

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A FAIR ECONOMY We support strengthening our economy through investments in infrastructure, transportation, and public education; creating a respectful business climate; and promoting public-private partnerships for the betterment of communities in every region of the Commonwealth.

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THE ENVIRONMENT Safeguarding the health of our citizens, protecting natural ecosystems, and promoting green economic growth is imperative. To fully protect the environment, we support clean-energy technologies, conservation, and energy efficiency. 

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HEALTHCARE Every person has a right to high-quality healthcare and services. We support policies that make healthcare more affordable and accessible for all.

ETHICS Public officials must be held to the highest standards of integrity and accountability. A good government is open and inclusive. The future of our democracy hinges on preserving the public’s trust in government and our elected officials.

HOUSING Everyone has a right to a decent home and suitable living environment and it is crucial we address the need for more low and moderate income and affordable housing throughout the state. We believe in policies which support all residents, especially the homeless and those who cannot afford to rent or buy suitable housing. Increased investment in public-private partnerships is a necessary step to combat the growing housing challenges and income inequality we face.

JUSTICE, CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES We are committed to fighting for equal justice under the law for all. We have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national origin, or disability in our communities. As Democrats, we are committed to protecting our rights to freedom of speech, religion, press, and due process under the law.

REVENUE AND EXPENDITURES We believe fiscal responsibility and continued investments in our businesses, services, and communities help us grow and support the Commonwealth for years to come. We believe in progressive taxation and that taxes and fees should be fairly distributed and reasonably assessed.

VETERANS We are a great Commonwealth and nation because of the sacrifices made by the men and women of our military and their families. We stand in lock-step with our veterans and will continue to be a strong voice for them and their families, especially those Gold Star Families who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this great nation. We remain committed to supporting our military while in service and ensuring that all returning veterans receive the world-class services they deserve.

VOTING AND DEMOCRACY Voting is a right. Voter registration should be made as easy as possible, polls should be safe and accessible, the process should be quick and efficient, and no eligible resident should be denied access to the polls.

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EDUCATION All Massachusetts residents have the right to high-quality public education from early childhood through adulthood. 

GENDER AND RACIAL EQUALITY We support full equality – regardless of gender or race – and recognize that discrimination against women and communities of color is a pervasive problem in our society. We seek to eliminate all forms of gender and racial discrimination to ensure equal opportunity for all.

IMMIGRATION Massachusetts must welcome all immigrants and refugees, who are integral parts of our community, social fabric, and economy.

LABOR AND WORKFORCE All workers – regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, race, religion, income, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, immigration or refugee status – have the right to a quality, family-sustaining job that provides a living wage. In order to fully support our working families and help rebuild the middle class, we must promote economic equality by encouraging collective bargaining, increased unionization, and shared and employee ownership.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND CRIME PREVENTION We need evidence-based solutions that promote public safety and reduce crime to help build strong, safe foundations for our communities and protect the civil rights of our residents. We encourage investment in strategies that best support the efforts of law enforcement while also supporting victims, and jail diversion and reentry programs.

TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE The Commonwealth’s transportation and infrastructure systems are a public responsibility and common good. Our system of roads, bridges, ports, airports, rail, transit, bike paths, and walkways need drastic upgrades to 21st Century standards. Our economy and society are dependent on transportation and infrastructure systems that are well-maintained, connect workers with jobs, and knit together communities throughout the Commonwealth. We believe that transportation investments should promote the creation of housing and employment opportunities, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preserving our natural and cultural landscapes.