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DG for State Rep

Setting the record straight: Danielle in her own words

Category : General

Dear voters,

During this campaign I have knocked on thousands of doors and attended countless community events.  The one thing that has become clear is that you are sick of the negativity and money in politics and frankly, so am I.  I have spoken to you about the record investments in our communities, our schools and our transportation infrastructure.  I have spoken to you about creating jobs and growing our economy and I have spoken to you about ensuring that government works FOR you, and our work to minimize fraud and abuse in the Department of Transitional Assistance and the Department of Children and Families.  And I have spoken to you about a commitment to our growing numbers of senior citizens.

I have kept to my record and the things I have delivered for our communities such as:

  • $5Million for the re-design of the 495/290 interchange,
  • $15,000 for a school drug education program,
  • $50,000 for a food safety program,
  • a bill allowing the town of Westborough to parcel and dispose of the former State Hospital land for the benefit of town residents,
  • two bills allowing Northborough to better control their finances through the use of insurance proceeds, and
  • a bill creating a revolving fund for parks and recreation in Marlborough.

During this session we delivered a bi-partisan gun bill that was endorsed by the Gun Owners Action League and victims rights groups alike.  We passed a groundbreaking economic development bill that will continue our job creation efforts.  We passed a domestic violence prevention bill that will protect residents from harmful predators.  In Massachusetts, our bond rating is the highest in the nation, we have the lowest unemployment rate and the highest minimum wage.

Despite all of these accomplishments and more, I have repeatedly come under attack from the ultra-right wing conservative tea party, and its time I set the record straight on what they’re saying about me.

No to Gas Tax
They say I voted for the gas tax.  My opponent bases his argument on votes I took on several amendments to a tax bill.  I voted against proposed amendments eliminating individual taxes from that bill because I never had the intention of voting for the bill.  I did not vote for this bill.  My opponent’s relentless insistence that amendment votes trump votes on underlying bills is either malicious misrepresentation of my record for his own personal political gain or a representation that he grossly misunderstands the process through which laws are actually made.  Or both.

Preferential Treatment for Veterans
They say I voted to put illegal immigrants above veterans for housing preference.  This could not be further from the truth.  This year, the Legislature debated AND PASSED Valor Act II, which renewed our commitment to service members as they return from deployment and age in our communities.  It provides job and educational opportunities, tax incentives, licensure exemptions, home modification programs and healthcare for those who have put the lives on the line for ours.  As the daughter and granddaughter of veterans, I am appalled that my opponent would try to use those who have served our country as political pawns.  During that debate, an amendment was offered that would have inserted immigration policy into our Veterans’ bill and the vote that was taken simply disallowed debate on that amendment at that time as it was not germane to the underlying discussion.

Record Amounts of Local Aid
They say I voted against an increase in local aid.  Our community elected officials and school leaders know that what we did in fact deliver was a record amount of local aid and education funding.  As a body, the House of Representatives committed to an early local aid resolution prior to budget debate so as to allow cities and towns to budget what they would receive.  Weeks later, during the budget debate, an amendment was offered to add more money over and above what had been committed.  The authors of that amendment offered no source for the funds and it would have been irresponsible to promise communities additional funding over the record amounts we had already agreed to, when we had no idea where we’d get the money.

Transparent Views and Voting
They say I’m against transparency in government.  Every single committee I sit on has open public meetings and our votes are available to the public.  Additionally, in this past session, the Legislature voted to put ALL of our state’s finances online for any member of the public to view.  I have office hours in each of the communities I represent and my personal cell phone number has been on every piece of campaign literature and mail I have ever distributed.  It doesn’t get much more transparent than that and while we may need to work more on our communication and how we make information available to residents, I think I’ve proven that I’m not trying to hide anything.

The bottom line is this: my opponent has been on the City Council for five years and he has NOT ONE accomplishment to show for it.  He repeatedly abstains from votes, he misses committee and community meetings and while he claims to be the only anti-tax candidate in the race, I am the only candidate to have taken an anti-tax vote this session.

Economic Development and Historic Preservation
They say I took a vote that would hand a Billion taxpayer dollars to the City of Boston to fund the expansion of the Boston Convention Center.  False.  The vote I took allows the City of Boston to finance that expansion.  All of the risk is on the City and the Commonwealth as a whole will reap the rewards.  Marlborough is home to more hotel rooms than any other city or town in Massachusetts, save Boston and we will be directly financially impacted in the positive when this project is complete.  As far as the renovations to the Governor’s office, this is a necessary historical preservation project.  Our State House is the oldest continually operating governmental body in the country and to literally let the floor of history cave in would be pennywise and pound foolish.  A systematic renovation of the State House is needed and this is step one to ensuring that this building remains safe and accessible to the PUBLIC.  Additionally it is worth noting that both of the above mentioned votes were nearly unanimous with overwhelming BIPARTISAN support, only 2 members of the 160 member House voting against.

Dedicated Public Official
I have been an active, dedicated public official for the 4th Middlesex and my agenda is driven by the communities I represent, not by partisan politics.  I am proud of all that I have accomplished in the last 18 months and I look forward to continuing to work with you over the next two years to build on the progress we’ve made.  I urge you to contact me directly if you have ANY questions or concerns about anything that’s been raised during this campaign and I respectfully ask for your vote on Tuesday, November 4th.


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Gregoire’s Support of the Enviroment

Category : General

I have known state Rep. Danielle Gregoire for many years, going back to my days as state Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, and as the state Secretary of Environmental Affairs. She has always been a staunch environmental advocate because she knows everything that makes Massachusetts such a great place to live work and raise a family depends on a healthful environment.

Her work on behalf of constituents affected by the gasoline leak from the Citgo gas station on Bolton Street has been in line with her environmental commitment. The remediation of the gasoline spill from this property, which dates back to 2012, is extremely complex and requires state environmental and elected officials, the City of Marlborough, the affected residents and the station owner to work together for a solution.

For her part, Rep. Gregoire helped secure $1.5 million in state funding to put ground contamination monitoring and vapor suppression systems in place. She also secured an additional $1.5 million to clean up the spill. But this money must legally be held in abeyance until the ongoing court case, either through trial, or mediation between the residents and the station owner, is complete.

In the meantime, she has filed legislation to require gas station owners to carry environmental liability insurance, to allow the state to clean up private property spills without a court settlement, and to allow the state to take by eminent domain such properties to make property owners whole when their values have dropped due to contamination that is not their fault.

I know Rep. Gregoire will continue to advocate for the affected families, and indeed for all of her constituents, if the voters see fit to return her to her post in the Nov. 8 election, and I urge them to do just that.

Bob Durand

To read the article in the Metro West Daily News


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Response to transparency regarding the Bolton Street gasoline spill

Category : General

Dear voters,
Recently my former primary opponent and Marlborough City Councilor at large, Mike Ossing filed and order requesting the Council support a resolution encouraging legislative action and transparency on the bills I have filed regarding the Bolton Street gasoline spill.  In response, my colleague Representative Gentile and I submitted a letter to the Council providing an update and reminding the council that throughout the duration of this tragedy they have been invited to help us help the victims in any way they can.  The council, in what was clearly a pre-arranged maneuver, adjourned before reading our communication.  Rather than initiating politically motivated, I continue to encourage my colleagues on the council to work with us to help these families recover from this terrible situation.
Danielle
letter

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Danielle’s Statement to Voters

Category : General

Dear neighbor,

Below we are posting a column that I recently submitted to the Main Street Journal. Unfortunately, the column was not posted, so I am publishing my unedited statement for the voters to access. I will continue to update the website with my thoughts as the campaign moves forward and hope you will return often to read about my thoughts, our accomplishments and our goals for the future.  Thank you for your time!

Danielle

Statement to Voters

Recently, I accepted an offer to meet with the author, editor and publisher of this publication.  Prior to this meeting, I had refused to answer his questions of me on many issues as I felt he had previously, and for the entirety of my career, misrepresented my submissions thereto.  We have agreed to put the past behind us for the betterment of community and he has agreed to print what I submit to him verbatim.  As long as this practice continues, I will continue to submit content.

To the heart of the issue is the previous coverage of election season.  I am happy to take this opportunity to inform the voters on the many achievements we have had this session and our plans for the future.  The contrast between me my opponents is stark.  I have proven legislative and budgetary success, they make pie in the sky promises.

I have worked with state and local leaders to create economic development opportunities and hundreds of jobs with a bill to allow the modernization of liquor licenses in Westborough to keep up with their booming business community.  We have worked with Marlborough and her employees to bring union rules into the 21st century and make it less difficult to promote public safety officials to higher ranks.  We have worked with residents of Northborough to bring sound barriers to protect residents who abut I-290 from growing noise pollution and environmental hazards.  

This session I was appointed Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Education.  In that role we have committed to increased local education funding as well as an overhaul of the way we spend money to educate our students pre-K through higher ed.  As a member of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, I was proud to support an economic development bill that will invest millions in infrastructure, create new tax incentive programs for employers and create thousands of jobs across the Commonwealth.  Marlborough, Northborough and Westborough continue to be at the forefront of job creation and we will continue our efforts in that arena.  Additionally, we passed a pay equity bill to ensure men and women receive the equal pay for equal work.

I was the proud supporter of ground breaking legislation that will lead the nation in how we face the growing scourge of opiate addiction.  Over the years, we have made Massachusetts number one in veterans’ services and this session we continued that commitment by passing legislation that would create tax credits, housing benefits and education credits for those who have served our country.

I am proud to have been able to call the 4th Middlesex home for my entire life.  I attended public schools here and I purchased my home here.  My relationships in the Legislature over the past years have given me the ability to deliver time and time again for my neighbors.  I look forward to using future columns to discuss specific issues of local importance such as the gasoline release on Bolton Street.  In a time when so much is at stake, voters have a choice between experienced leadership and starting from ground zero.  I humbly ask you to join me in continuing the work we have started together and I ask for your support and your vote on Thursday, September 8th.

 


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GREGOIRE SECURES $2.5 MILLION IN END OF THE YEAR BUDGET TO INCREASE CAP FOR UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK REMEDIATION

Category : General

Funding to Assist in the Cleanup of Local Spill

(BOSTON) Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough) filed an amendment to the final supplemental budget of FY2015 regarding an increase in the cap of the 21J fund for underground storage tank remediation. The amendment was successfully adopted by the House of Representatives providing for a $1 million increase.

Chapter 21J of the Massachusetts General Laws oversees the Underground Storage Tank Petroleum Product Cleanup Fund. Developed in 1991, this law created a $1 million ceiling per-incident for cleanups. This funding goes directly to Licensed Site Professionals who are charged with removing contaminants due to leaks. This cap was increased to $1.5 million in the FY2005 budget, as the costs for remediating these spills has increased over the years. Representative Gregoire’s amendment, which was adopted last week, further increases this cap to $2.5 million.

In 2012, families in the City of Marlborough were negatively and extraordinarily impacted by a negligent release of petroleum from an underground storage tank in their neighborhood. Cleanup efforts have already reached the initial $1.5 million cap and this additional funding will assist with the further remediation needed to repair the community. “The plight of these families and this community has been on my mind since before I took office in 2013,” said Representative Gregoire. “I have continued to look for opportunities, either through our state budgets or through our legislative process to make these families whole and I am elated that we were able to see some success this week. The work is not over and there is still a lot that must be done to ensure the guidelines currently in place to regulate underground storage tanks within our state hold those who are negligent responsible and provide adequate safeguards for our neighbors.”

This legislation now moves to the Senate where debate will continue.


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Gregoire Attends National Human Trafficking Summit

Category : General

(Alexandria, VA) – Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough) was selected to attend the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) in Washington D.C. June 16-17 for their 2016 Human Trafficking Summit.

In addition to the Summit Co-Chairs, Michigan Senator Judy Emmons and Montana Representative Kimberly Dudik, Representative Gregoire was joined by elected women from across the US and numerous representatives from nonprofit and advocacy groups, for the day and a half long discussion on the critical issue of child sex trafficking.

Rep. Gregoire was specifically selected due to her passion to take action in the fight against human trafficking in her community. “It is our responsibility as elected officials to provide a safe environment for our children to grow and thrive,” said Representative Gregoire. “I was honored to be invited to participate in this year’s summit and look forward to using the information I learned to ensure we reduce and eliminate human trafficking within our communities. This crime is happening in ALL of our communities and it is up to leaders to gather information in order to promulgate regulations and policies that will both prevent this act and aid victims in recovery.”

Keynote and special guest speakers were Tina Frundt, a nationally recognized advocate on this issue, the Founder and Executive Director of Courtney’s House, and a member of the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking; United States Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, a leader in Congress in working to combat human and sex trafficking; and former Congresswoman Linda Smith, the Founder and President of Shared Hope International, an anti-trafficking organization focused on combating child sex trafficking through comprehensive, victim-centered approaches.

Attendees were honored by special video messages sent in by two other renowned advocates on this issue, Cindy McCain and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Shared Hope International, Google, Rescuing Hope, The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, Stop Child Predators, Demand Abolition, and End Child Slavery at the Source (ECPAT-USA) provided essential information for legislators to utilize in their ongoing efforts to combat human trafficking.


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Gregoire Named Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Aviation Legislative Caucus

Category : General

(BOSTON)- The Massachusetts Aviation Legislative Caucus announced this month the addition of Representative Danielle W. Gregoire (D-Marlborough) as Co-Chair. Gregoire joins Senator Donald F. Humason, Jr. (R- Westfield) as leader of this legislative caucus.

“Massachusetts Airport Management Association (MAMA) is pleased with the addition of Representative Danielle Gregoire as Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Aviation Legislative Caucus,” said David Dinneen, Executive Director MAMA. “Representative Gregoire has a strong working background with the caucus as she was part of the team with former Representative Steve LeDuc who formed the Caucus. She has Marlborough airport in her district and a strong understanding of the economic benefits that aviation provides to the Commonwealth.”

The Massachusetts Aviation Legislative Caucus was formed 11 years ago and was the first of its kind, put forth to show how vital the aviation industry is to our transportation infrastructure and our state’s economy. When all of the impacts of Massachusetts’ 39 public-use airports and associated military air facilities are added together, more than 162,000 jobs can be traced to the aviation industry. These employees receive $6.1 billion in total annual payroll and generate $16.6 billion in total economic activity. Between the 2011 Massachusetts Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study and the report released in 2014, these impacts increased by approximately 38,000 jobs, $1.2 billion in payroll, and $4.7 billion in output.

 

“I am thrilled to take on this role with the Massachusetts Aviation Legislative Caucus,” said Representative Gregoire. “The aviation economy has been of interest to me since I was a staffer in the State House many years ago. Upon becoming a legislator and at the urging of my friend, Bob Stetson, a former director of MAMA as well as the former manager of Marlborough Airport, I eagerly became a member of the caucus. I look forward to my new role, as well as the opportunities that lay ahead to bring attention, as well as growth, to our aviation industry.”


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Gregoire Joins Colleagues in the House and Senate to Pass Veterans Bill to Support Veterans, Servicemembers and their Families

Category : General

BOSTON – Representative Danielle W. Gregoire (D-Marlborough) joined her colleagues in the Legislature to unanimously pass “An Act Relative to Housing, Operations, Military Service, and Enrichment” (HOME Act). This legislation continues the commitment of the Massachusetts General Court to the Commonwealth’s veterans, servicemembers and military families by focusing on housing and long-term support services.

The passage of this legislation builds on the successes of the Valor Act I passed in 2012 and the Valor Act II passed in 2014, which helped Massachusetts become the number one state in the nation for providing veterans services.

“I am so proud that the Commonwealth has continued its commitment to ensuring it leads the nation in military-benefit programs and services,” said Representative Gregoire. “As the daughter and granddaughter of veterans, I cannot express enough how important it is to honor and support our brave men and women, both while they serve and when they return home. It was truly a great day, joining my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, to address the needs of our servicemembers and their families.”

To increase access to housing for veterans, the bill grants veterans preference in admission for scattered site housing units where no low-income family housing has been developed. The bill also requires housing authorities to exclude amounts of disability compensation paid by the federal government when computing rent for a disabled veteran. In addition, the bill gives eligible veterans a preference in elderly and disabled housing in all communities, not solely the community in which the veteran resides.

To honor the service of veterans and their families, the bill provides a property tax exemption for the surviving spouse of any veteran or servicemember who, during active duty, suffered an injury or illness which led to his or her passing. Veterans who have a 100% disability rating for service connected blindness will also be granted a property tax exemption.

In addition, this legislation expands the Public Service Scholarship to children of any military or service person missing in action or prisoners of war, as well as extends assistance from the Military Relief Fund to servicemembers whose death was related to their military service. Previously the Fund was only for servicemembers killed in action.

Furthermore, the HOME Act adds veteran status as a protected class under the statute prohibiting discrimination in employment, provides excise tax exemption for veterans while deployed and instructs the departments of veterans services to study the implementation of a sliding scale property tax abatement for disabled veterans, costs of transporting incarcerated disabled veterans to VA medical facilities, and the implementation of tax rebates for veterans who lease dwellings to veterans.

Finally, this legislation extends the Veterans’ Long-term Care Commission and reworks the Post-Deployment Council, both of which were created through the 2014 VALOR Act and focus on housing and support services for veterans transitioning from active duty to civilian life.

The bill is now before the Governor for his signature.


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Gregoire Joins Colleagues in the House of Representatives to Dismantle the Gender Wage Gap

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Gregoire Joins Colleagues in the House of Representatives to

Dismantle the Gender Wage Gap

(BOSTON) – Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough) joined her colleagues in the House of Representatives in passing legislation to ensure that men and women receive equitable compensation for comparable work. The bill prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in the payment of wages for comparable work unless the variation is based upon a mitigating factor including seniority (provided that paternal, family, and medical leave don’t reduce seniority); a system that measures earnings by quantity or quality of production, sales, or revenue; education, training or experience.

Notably, the bill would prevent employers from requesting salary history in hiring, a measure designed to end the self-perpetuating cycle of wage disparity. Massachusetts would be the first state in the nation to adopt such a provision. However, prospective employees would not be barred from voluntarily disclosing their past salaries. This legislation would also prohibit employers from reducing salaries in order to comply with law, as well as prohibits an employer from preventing employees from talking about their salaries.

“With the passage of this legislation, Massachusetts once again leads the nation in protecting the rights of its citizens,” said Representative Gregoire. “I am proud that after decades of work, I was able to join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, advocates and business leaders in passing the strongest pay equity statute in the nation.”

In drafting this bill, the House of Representatives focused on building consensus to ensure that the legislation would be workable, effective and sustainable. Key to those efforts were defining “comparable work” and maintaining flexibility for performance-based compensation. This bill incentivizes companies to correct compensation disparities internally before going to court by creating three-year affirmative defense from liability. Within that time period employers must complete a self-evaluation of its pay practices and demonstrate reasonable progress in eliminating pay disparities.

The legislation will take effect July 1, 2018.


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Primary: Thursday, September 8, 2016

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