art“The best way to win someone’s trust is to tell the truth; clearly, forcefully, directly” -Stan

Issues

Stan recognizes that wealth and income disparities in our society are worsening, and that the Commonwealth’s economic growth has not benefited everyone equally. He strongly supports policies to ensure shared prosperity for everyone.

The arts, cultural development, and tourism inject a vitality and dynamism into our economy that cannot be found elsewhere, and it is critical that we do all that we can do foster their growth. Stan’s passion in these areas began from his experience in public school, and was enhanced as he pursued a degree in Arts Administration and Community Development at UMass Amherst. He is a steadfast supporter of the arts, cultural development and tourism and has worked to enhance all three through a number of initiatives:

Massachusetts is the hub of innovation and our engine is a well-educated workforce. Stan is a passionate advocate for our schools, particularly our many public and private institutions of higher education. Western Massachusetts is home to several of these institutions, including the University of Massachusetts’ flagship campus in Amherst, as well as rural regional and district schools with disparate needs. Stan believes that access to an open and affordable education system is what has made Massachusetts one of the best economies in the United States.

Stan has long been a supporter of expanding our alternative energy and recycling programs, promoting agricultural and land preservation, addressing greenhouse gas emissions and improving health outcomes for all. In 2005 the legislature passed groundbreaking health care reform and in 2008 passed some of the most stringent environmental regulations on polluters in the country. Stan was proud to support both of these efforts as well as a number of other initiatives during his career:

The transportation needs of Western Massachusetts differ from those that live in other regions of the state. Stan has made it a priority to increase access to alternative transportation by freeing up additional revenue for Regional Transit Authorities, securing funding for and focusing attention on the need for additional rail trails and rail projects, and maximizing the state’s use of federal funding:

Stan believes that everyone in Massachusetts should be able to obtain information about their government, and that everyone deserves a government that is efficient, transparent, open, and innovative
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