Our Commonwealth must be ready to face the economic challenges for our future. I am supportive of the recent bill the Governor has sent to the house to expand partnerships and economic growth. This bill (H.4529) contains over $200 million in capital authorizations in housing, community development, and business competitiveness. Workforce development training programs are also important to me. Having served in a social services organization, I know how essential non-profits and community agencies are in serving economically disadvantaged people. I would also support legislation that allows cities and towns to make the small business or commercial property tax exemption more effective to business owners. Another area that is a huge concern for me is that there is a lack of affordable housing, I will champion bills to improve this infrastructure in our district. Additionally, I would advocate for increased local aid to the communities in our district. I am a strong supporter of unions in our Commonwealth and will support measures to protect them and working class people.