While the Massachusetts unemployment rates are consistently below the National average, job growth has been largely stagnant in our region. As our traditional economic engines continue to shift, we must seek new employment opportunities in emerging fields. I have been blessed to build a middle-class life in a wonderful community because of the opportunity that a steady job has provided for me. Sadly, many of those jobs that come with economic security, competitive benefits and the promise of a secure retirement have gone the way of the blacksmith.
We must reverse course on our shift to a “gig” economy that forces people to work harder for less wages and little benefits. As your Senator, I will work to increase employment opportunities by advocating for investment in high-growth fields such as renewable energy and life sciences. As a Senate staffer, I was proud to work on legislation that incentivized the film industry to come to Massachusetts and employ local workers. I will continue to advocate for similar opportunities in various sectors. I believe in mandating a living wage, safe working conditions and equal pay for equal work.