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Holley A. Linscott, Treasurer
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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
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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