Esau’s Heel Trail established on town-owned land for public use. Working with the Greenagers non-profit and funded by a grant from the Community Preservation Committee, Michael was able to re-use a space that had been neglected. Esau’s Heel Trail in Becket on Route 20 is a multi-use hiking, walking trail.
Electric Vehicle (EV) parking at town hall. Thanks to Michael’s initiative and hard work, the town enjoys four EV parking spaces at the town hall at 557 Main St., Becket. Various State and Electrical company grants were utilized to make this project cost nothing in construction. There is a small fee to connect the charging stations to the ChargePoint network which is recouped by usage fees.
Plastic Bag ban by-laws change. Michael brought a by-laws change to the Annual Town Meeting in 2019. There was unanimous support for the ban of single-use thin plastic shopping bags in Becket. Businesses were given until the end of the year to change their bags to renewable paper or thicker totes.
ENERGY AND OIL.
End new exploration for oil and gas and switch to 95% renewables by 2050. Fee-bates program on new car purchases, Fees for gas cars help pay for rebates on EV’s and hybrids.
CRIME AND POLICING.
End for-profit prisons. Citizens review of police actions. Oppose death penalty, focus on crime prevention instead of harsher sentences. Decriminalize drugs, more treatment plans.
ECONOMY AND JOBS.
Steady state economy is better than increasing GDP. Support a Living Wage. Corporations are not people. Homeless Bill of Rights.
Shift taxes from individuals to wealthy and corporations.
“Residents of MA deserve to know how their legislators vote on all bills, even at the committee level. As a candidate for State Rep., I pledge to be completely transparent when elected.”