At the root of our economic woes is the fact that people need jobs. To create jobs, we must enable people, with the ability to work, to find work. In order for those individuals to find work, we must enable organizations to hire them.
When a veteran plumber, with over 20 years of experience, is no longer qualified to work as a plumber as a result of new policy that shuts him out, something is wrong. When a family owned operation, employing a handful of people, must close shop because new legislation imposes regulations to pay for employees who do not show up for work, something is wrong.
Greer recognizes the problems that can hamper job growth; she will work with the state to partner with entrepreneurs and workers to create incentives that will help Massachusetts keep jobs and help attract and support new jobs.
When it comes to transportation and transit, Newton is in the middle of it all. We have major highways, high use secondary roads, trains, subways, buses and taxi services all as important parts of our city. The only mode of transportation we don’t provide is air travel. Newton knows transportation.
With the upcoming development at Riverside, the 128 Add-a-Lane project, and changes to MBTA bus routes, having a representative with a priority on transportation will be crucial for Newton. All of issues with transportation originate at the state level. Though we have various legislative representatives, none sits on committees involved directly with transportation. We have been left out of the loop and are reacting to changes rather than planning ahead.
Greer sits on the Newton Board of Alderman Public Safety and Transportation Committee and sees firsthand the challenges transit poses for Newton. She understands what proactive involvement in state level planning would mean to Newton.
The Comprehensive Permit Act: Chapter 40B was passed with the intent to provide much needed affordable housing. The Comprehensive Permit Act, in an effort to speed housing development, may bypass local zoning laws if necessary. While the intent of the law is praiseworthy, the implementation of the law, as currently written, has resulted in creating resource burdens on communities without truly serving those in need. 40B has also served to make community adversaries of our much needed developers.
Smart integrated development is at the heart of a thriving community. We should not have to be in conflict with those that are helping our community to survive and grow.
Greer will address the inequities of the Comprehensive Permit Act and look to make changes that would address the real affordable housing situation that Newton and other communities have in a way that works better for the communities and the residents in need.
Newton developed and implemented a core curriculum that was praised both within the state and the nation long before MCAS and NCLB were introduced. Yet, when Massachusetts was developing its new core curriculum, Newton was not at the discussion table and was left to react to the results rather than pro-actively helping to shape it.
Greer will make sure Newton’s voice and perspective on Education is heard on Beacon Hill.