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"Melissa’s Bill" recently passed the Massachusetts Senate 31-7 and institutes no early parole for repeat sex offenders and certain violent felons. Despite opposition from my opponent, State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, the compromise version of this bill now heads to the Governor’s office for his signature.
I urge Gov. Deval Patrick to sign the bipartisan measure named after Melissa Gosule, the tragic victim of a particularly heinous crime, which gained notoriety over the last several years here in Massachusetts and across the country.
However, this is not the first time Sen. Eldridge has put special interests in front of the interests of suburban constituents.
From pushing an ill-timed "carbon tax" on all Massachusetts small businesses struggling in this recession, to voting against the recent Food Stamp Cash Reform Proposal, to even voting to shrink the drug-free zone around Massachusetts public schools, these actions, along with the Melissa's Law vote, are far out of the mainstream or even the political center.
As a Massachusetts certified teacher and small business owner, I want to bring my unique experiences to Beacon Hill as an independent State Senator who will put education, the economy and law-abiding citizens first.
Many Middlesex and Worcester residents are working twice as hard, but making half as much. I understand what it is to struggle during this brutal, never-ending downturn. Let's create an environment in this state where all small businesses offer more full-time jobs, which in turn, helps properly fund our public schools.
My economic plan does this by lowering tax rates, ending giveaways (like the one Sen. Eldridge supported for the now bankrupt Evergreen Solar) and freezing unnecessary small business regulations on Massachusetts job creators.
Dean Cavaretta is the Republican candidate for the Middlesex and Worcester state senate seat. He will face State Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) in November.