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LAUGENOUR RESPONDS TO QUESTIONNAIRES
Laugenour publishes questionnaires from advocacy groups
Commends focus on health care and on collective bargaining rights


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Friends for Scott Laugenour
Kalin Jordan, Campaign Manager
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July 2, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lee Scott Laugenour is making public his answers to all the candidate questionnaires that his campaign receives.

Completed questionnaires from both the Massachusetts chapters of the National Association of Social Workers and the AFL-CIO are now available on the blog site that the Laugenour campaign uses. Both groups imposed a June 29, 2012 due date, which the campaign complied with.

Laugenour reported that he was particularly happy to see the National Association of Social Workers take an interest in student debt forgiveness and in expanded medicare-for-all on its questionnaire. “A society's moral fiber and its economic development are crippled when too many people are insolvent and under-trained. Recent efforts in Massachusetts at reforming the health care system have made no impact in the number of people going bankrupt as a result of health care costs. Supporters of expanded medicare-for-all in Massachusetts are tired of lackluster advocacy on Beacon Hill. They will see a change of spirit and debate for real progressive change when I am elected to represent the 4th Berkshire District, where 73% of voters supported expanded medicare-for-all on a 2010 ballot question.

When the AFL-CIO drafted its questionnaire this year, it clearly remembered two recent bills that passed on Beacon Hill, which undermined collective bargaining rights. “My opponent, William 'Smitty' Pignatelli, voted for both of these bills,” Laugenour pointed out. WE ARE ALL WISCONSIN was the title of a blog written last year after one of those votes, which he shared on the questionnaire.

Laugenour chronicled his actions in his support for collective bargaining on question 6 of the 59-part questionnaire. “When I stood with striking Verizon workers last summer in Pittsfield we had good discussions about the declining state of social benefits accorded to both unionized and non-unionized citizens. Some of these discussions frankly addressed the polarization and resentfulness that exists when benefits such as sick pay, health care and education assistance are unequal. My candidacy for State Representive, independent of the parties which solicit lobbyist funding, gives voters the opportunity to band together more broadly in solidarity and to insist that everyone be treated fairly and that our social security benefits systems are strong.”

Laugenour has requested the endorsement of both the National Association of Social Workers and the AFL-CIO.

The Laugenour campaign is currently working on two other questionnaires it has received, from MassEquality and from MassAlliance, which it will publish as they are completed and submitted. The campaign invites all advocacy groups and non-profits to conduct active voter education efforts (questionnaires, forums, and debates), even if the group must remain neutral in the election.

“The modern communication tools that are widely available should make it easy for all candidates to perform at a higher level of transparency,” Laugenour remarked. He pledges to continue to set a higher standard for transparency when he serves on Beacon Hill.

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