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Green-Rainbow Party Candidate for State Representative, Berkshire County Third District

MICHAEL LAVERY

I am running for the Berkshires District 3, formerly District 4, State Representative seat. Berkshires District 3 contains the following towns: Alford, Becket, Dalton, Egremont, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Marlborough, Otis, Richmond, Sandisfield, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, Washington, West Stockbridge.

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TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN.

As a Select Board member in the town of Becket, in Berkshire County Massachusetts, Michael has led the way on many projects over the five years since he was elected.

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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.

HOW MICHAEL STANDS ON THE ISSUES.

The time for gradual change has come and gone. To ensure the survival of our species we need to radically change how we utilize our natural resources and lower our carbon emissions to almost zero.

The Husky Energy Oil Refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, which was the face of an explosion and fire in early 2018.
Cells in Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, USA. 13 July 2019, 03:37:02. Author - jakob.liew

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.

Placard "Renewable energy creates jobs and grows economy", at the People's Climate March, in Washington DC on 29 April 2017. Author - Dcpeopleandeventsof2017

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. 

From the Occupy Portland rally on October 6, 2011. Author - badlyricpolice from Portland, USA

ECONOMY AND JOBS.

Steady state economy is better than increasing GDP. Support a Living Wage.  Corporations are not people.  Homeless Bill of Rights.

TAX REFORM.

Shift taxes from individuals to wealthy and corporations.

I BELIEVE IN TRUTH AND TRANSPARENCY…

 I signed the “Voters Deserve to Know” pledge from ActOnMass.Org . - Michael L.

“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.”

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