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Robert Reich on Local Issues

Former Secretary of Labor; Democratic Challenger MA Governor



Robert Reich on Big Dig

Make rail part of overall Big Dig plan

Q: As Governor what would you do about the Big Dig?

A: First, I would get control of the costs by implementing rigid auditing and accounting. I would set up a real system of checks and balances, not the cozy relationship between the State and the general contractor (Bechtel / Parsons Brinckerhoff). And I would demand accountability.

Second, there is no substitute for a regional transportation plan. We should look at how Amtrak and the Commuter Rail can supplement our overcrowded highways and how trains can be a part of an overall plan. We subsidize automobiles in the Big Dig and air travel with the recent federal bailout, but rail is a poor cousin.

Source: Al Turco, Stoneham Independent , Mar 20, 2002

Use gas tax to pay for Big Dig, not toll increases

On the stump in Massachusetts and in an interview with the Globe last month, Reich has said that he would give serious consideration to raising the gas tax to pay for the Big Dig, instead of using increased toll levies.
Source: Yvonne Abraham and Frank Phillips, Boston Globe, p. B3 , Feb 8, 2002


Robert Reich on Clean Elections

Hoped to run “Clean” but first must run

When I entered the race for governor in January, I had hoped to run as a Clean Elections candidate. Given the uncertainty of Clean Elections funding, I must move on and raise money for my campaign under the old laws so that I can run a credible campaign and fight for the ideas I believe in-affordable health care, a cleaner environment, and an educational system we can be proud of. I wish the system were solvent enough for me to run as a Clean Elections candidate now.
Source: Campaign web site RobertReich.org, “Clean Elections” , Apr 11, 2002

Clean Elections is old politics against reformers

The failure to implement Clean Elections is yet another example of the old politics where insiders take care of their special interests-at the expense of the public interest. Clean Elections legislation limits the influence of lobbyists and is a powerful antidote to corruption. It’s also an important step in reclaiming our democracy. Massachusetts should be at the forefront of reforming campaign finance at the state level. Voters understand that, even if the Beacon Hill crowd doesn’t.
Source: Campaign web site RobertReich.org, “Clean Elections” , Apr 11, 2002

Clean Elections law reduces corporate political power

Large corporations have inordinate power in the political process. This is true in Massachusetts and the nation. The result is bad for smaller businesses, bad for consumers, bad for employees, and bad for the democratic process. Antitrust laws must be utilized to break up monopolies. Campaign-finance reforms must be implemented to reduce the power of money in politics. In Massachusetts, the public voted overwhelmingly for “Clean Elections” reform, which would have reduced the influence of money in state politics. Yet despite the vote, the reform was never implemented. It should be a priority.
Source: Campaign web site, RobertReich.org , Jan 25, 2002


Robert Reich on MCAS

Not against tests--but against basing graduation on just one

I’m in favor of holding schools accountable, and I’m not against tests -- but I oppose basing graduation on a single high-stakes exam. The education reform act calls for “multiple” means of assessment. I worry that a single high-stakes test will lead some young people to drop out of school, and that it will turn our schools into test-taking factories in which teachers and students focus almost exclusively on the test to the detriment of the rest of the curriculum.
Source: Campaign web site RobertReich.org, “The MCAS” , Apr 11, 2002

2010 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Local Issues: Robert Reich on other issues:
MA Gubernatorial:
Deval Patrick
MA Senatorial:
John Kerry
Scott Brown

2011 Special Elections:
CA-36:Jane Harman(D)
CA-36:Janice Hahn(D)
NV-2:Dean Heller(R)
NY-9:Anthony Weiner(D)
NY-26:Chris Lee(R)
NY-26:Kathleen Hochul(D)
Retiring 2012:
CA-6:Lynn Woolsey(D)
OK-2:Dan Boren(D)
MI-5:Dale Kildee(D)
TX-14:Ron Paul(R)
Running for Mayor:
CA-51:Bob Filner(D)
Running for Governor:
IN-6:Mike Pence(R)
WA-8:Dave Reichert(R)
Running for Senate:
AZ-1:Jeff Flake(R)
CT-5:Chris Murphy(R)
HI-2:Mazie Hirono(D)
IN-2:Joe Donnelly(D)
MO-2:Todd Akin(R)
MT-0:Dennis Rehberg(R)
ND-0:Rick Berg(D)
NM-1:Martin Heinrich(D)
NV-1:Shelley Berkley(D)
UT-3:Jason Chaffetz(R)
Dem. Freshmen
in 112th Congress:

AL-7:Terri Sewell
CA-33:Karen Bass
DE-0:John Carney
FL-17:Frederica Wilson
HI-1:Colleen Hanabusa
LA-2:Cedric Richmond
MA-10:Bill Keating
MI-13:Hansen Clarke
RI-1:David Cicilline
GOP Freshmen
in 112th Congress:

AL-2:Martha Roby
AL-5:Mo Brooks
AZ-1:Paul Gosar
AZ-3:Ben Quayle
AZ-5:David Schweikert
AR-1:Rick Crawford
AR-2:Tim Griffin
AR-3:Steve Womack
CA-19:Jeff Denham
CO-3:Scott Tipton
CO-4:Cory Gardner
FL-12:Dennis Ross
FL-2:Steve Southerland
FL-21:Mario Diaz-Balart
FL-22:Allen West
FL-24:Sandy Adams
FL-25:David Rivera
FL-5:Rich Nugent
FL-8:Dan Webster
GA-2:Mike Keown
GA-7:Rob Woodall
GA-8:Austin Scott
ID-1:Raul Labrador
IL-8:Joe Walsh
IL-10:Bob Dold
IL-11:Adam Kinzinger
IL-14:Randy Hultgren
IL-17:Bobby Schilling
IL-8:Joe Walsh
IN-3:Marlin Stutzman
IN-4:Todd Rokita
IN-8:Larry Bucshon
IN-9:Todd Young
KS-1:Tim Huelskamp
KS-3:Kevin Yoder
KS-5:Mike Pompeo
LA-3:Jeff Landry
MD-1:Andy Harris
MI-1:Dan Benishek
MI-2:Bill Huizenga
MI-3:Justin Amash
MI-7:Tim Walberg
MN-8:Chip Cravaack
MO-4:Vicky Hartzler
MO-7:Billy Long
MS-1:Alan Nunnelee
MS-4:Steven Palazzo
GOP Freshmen
in 111th Congress:

NC-2:Renee Ellmers
ND-0:Rick Berg
NH-2:Charlie Bass
NH-1:Frank Guinta
NJ-3:Jon Runyan
NM-2:Steve Pearce
NV-3:Joe Heck
NY-13:Michael Grimm
NY-19:Nan Hayworth
NY-20:Chris Gibson
NY-24:Richard Hanna
NY-25:Ann Marie Buerkle
NY-29:Tom Reed
OH-1:Steve Chabot
OH-15:Steve Stivers
OH-16:Jim Renacci
OH-18:Bob Gibbs
OH-6:Bill Johnson
OK-5:James Lankford
PA-10:Tom Marino
PA-11:Lou Barletta
PA-3:Mike Kelly
PA-7:Patrick Meehan
PA-8:Mike Fitzpatrick
SC-1:Tim Scott
SC-3:Jeff Duncan
SC-4:Trey Gowdy
SC-5:Mick Mulvaney
SD-0:Kristi Noem
TN-3:Chuck Fleischmann
TN-4:Scott DesJarlais
TN-6:Diane Black
TN-8:Stephen Fincher
TX-17:Bill Flores
TX-23:Quico Canseco
TX-27:Blake Farenthold
VA-2:Scott Rigell
VA-5:Robert Hurt
VA-9:Morgan Griffith
WA-3:Jaime Herrera
WI-7:Sean Duffy
WI-8:Reid Ribble
WV-1:David McKinley
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