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Tom Birmingham on Welfare & Poverty

Former State Senate President; Democratic Challenger MA Governor


$100M for affordable housing fund; don’t rely on market

“Finding affordable housing is difficult not only for those who are poor, but also for a large segment of our working and middle-class residents,” explained Birmingham. Whereas some are willing to rely on the market, Tom knows that we need more housing that is within reach of ordinary working people, so he proposed and secured a new $100 million fund to help support the construction, rehabilitation and acquisition of new housing units. He fought to keep this fund alive even in a difficult budget, and he is backing a new $509 million housing bond bill to build even more affordable housing. Finally, he has worked to improve the state’s comprehensive permit law by encouraging towns to adopt their own affordable housing plans, while defending the essence of “chapter 40B” to ensure new affordable housing throughout the Commonwealth.
Source: Campaign web site, TomBirmingham.org Nov 24, 2001

$164M in tax incentives for charity

The Senate’s charitable giving tax provision will save taxpayers an estimated $164 million per year. Tom fought for this new law as an important fiscal and social commitment that shares our economic good fortune doubly, by offering tax relief for those who contribute and additional resources for those who receive donations.
Source: Campaign web site, TomBirmingham.org Nov 24, 2001

Preserve “expiring use” housing & rent escrow

When affordable housing developed with state and federal funds was on the verge of being converted to market rates, Tom supported its preservation for tenants of modest means. The new housing bond bill also contains substantial funds to maintain the affordability of this “expiring use” housing. Finally, Tom helped to craft a rent escrow law that balances the legitimate needs of good landlords and good tenants.
Source: Campaign web site, TomBirmingham.org Nov 24, 2001

Other governors on Welfare & Poverty: Tom Birmingham on other issues:
AK Frank Murkowski
AL Bob Riley
AR Mike Huckabee
AZ Janet Napolitano
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
CO Bill Owens
CT Jodi Rell
DE Ruth Ann Minner
FL Jeb Bush
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
IA Tom Vilsack
ID Dirk Kempthorne
IL Rod Blagojevich
IN Mitch Daniels
KS Kathleen Sebelius
KY Ernie Fletcher
LA Kathleen Blanco
MA Mitt Romney
MD Bob Ehrlich
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
MN Tim Pawlenty
MO Matt Blunt
MS Haley Barbour
MT Brian Schweitzer
NC Mike Easley
ND John Hoeven
NE Dave Heineman
NH John Lynch
NJ Jon Corzine
NM Bill Richardson
NV Kenny Guinn
NY George Pataki
OH Bob Taft
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Don Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
TX Rick Perry
UT Jon Huntsman
VA Tim Kaine
VT Jim Douglas
WA Christine Gregoire
WI Jim Doyle
WV Joe Manchin III
WY Dave Freudenthal
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