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VOTE MARJORIE DECKER FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH

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This week a group of activists distributed blueprints for 3D guns outside the State House. I'm shocked and disturbed that such an event would take place. We know that 3D printed guns can be designed to be invisible to metal detectors and currently require no background check to make. It's unconscionable that an event celebrating and promoting the distribution of access to deadly weapons is happening at all, but even more so in Massachusetts, a state with some of the strictest gun legislation in the country. I am grateful to our own Attorney General Maura Healey for taking action against the Trump Administration. We also need a legislative solution. And until one is achieved, it’s important that people understand the real threat to public safety that these weapons pose. #stopdownloadableguns #mapoli

Lawmakers Push Back Against 3D-Printed Guns
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Thank you to everyone who shared a commitment to repeal the punitive family cap policy. I'm grateful for our collective belief that economically struggling families need stabilizing support and resources. Last week, Governor Baker delivered an unforgivable blow to children and their families throughout our state by vetoing the repeal of the family welfare cap in the FY19 budget. The Governor first proposed to amend the language that I, alongside my Senate partner Senator Sal DiDomenico, secured in the budget by proposing that a family's disability benefits (SSI) be included in the formula for welfare (TAFDC) eligibility. This was the third time the Governor has proposed to target and punish our most vulnerable—families born into extreme poverty, whose head of household also suffers from a disability. Thanks to the leadership of Speaker DeLeo and Chairman Sanchez and the support of my colleagues, the Legislature overrode Governor Baker's proposal. His veto last Friday, however, effectively kills the family cap repeal. The Legislature is now forced to wait until next January to take it up again.

I have said it before and will say it again: Governor Baker's veto on lifting the family welfare cap is heartless, cruel, and pure politics. It is shameful. We know that reducing benefits for our poorest families, with or without disabilities, only increases poverty across the state. And Massachusetts already has significant work to do in this area. In 2016, Massachusetts was the sixth-most income unequal state in the country. Currently, our poverty rate is 10.4%. Our communities of color carry the deepest weight of these burdens—the net worth of African-American households in the Greater Boston area is $8. The Governor's veto shows us who he really is and that he is willing to accept the suffering of so many families. Now voters have a real choice to decide whether his values represent their interests.

I want to say to our most underresourced families: I see you, I hear you, and this is not over. We will be back in January, and if we're lucky, with a Governor who will actually sign #LiftTheCap and not one who's trying to take away the scarce resources you have.
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Talking traffic impacts on our Cambridge Community with @John Hecht City of Cambridge (Official) @JanDevereaux MassDOT, & traffic police Cambridge Police Department
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www.massdot.state.ma.us/highway/HighlightedProjects/CommonwealthAvenueBridgeReplacement/TrafficMa...
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