A NOTE FROM REPRESENTATIVE GALVIN
I am honored to serve you and the residents of Avon, Canton, and Stoughton in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. As a lifelong resident of Canton, it is my privilege to represent the region I have called home my entire life.
Massachusetts and the world have changed over the course of my career in public service, but I have never lost sight of why I want to be your state representative. I am here to ensure that your voice is heard on Beacon Hill and guarantee that legislation, budgets, and bond bills we approve are in the best interest of Avon, Canton, and Stoughton. I know these communities well and I know the challenges they are facing.
Massachusetts is home to a thriving diverse economy, a first-class public school system, world renown universities, and a top-rated healthcare system. Despite these successes, we need to do more to guarantee all residents have access to these wonderful resources. I have joined my colleagues over the last few years in passing legislation to assist our state's most vulnerable residents, ensure equity for all residents, close the opportunity gap in our schools, and create an environment for businesses to succeed while ensuring workers receive a fair wage, paid sick time, and paid family leave.
Despite these legislative successes, there is still much more that needs to be done so that all residents feel Massachusetts is a welcoming and wonderful place to live and work. I also know that for people directly impacted by these policies, the pace of change can seem maddeningly slow. It does for legislators too, sometimes.
I am proud to have been a member of the first Legislature in the nation to vote for marriage equality and health insurance coverage for all. Over the years I have taken some tough votes; its the job. I can promise the residents of Avon, Canton, and Stoughton that I will always welcome your feedback and opinions.
We are living in an unprecedented and challenging time with the COVID-19 pandemic. This situation is complicated by the delayed and inefficient response from Washington. The Massachusetts Legislature, Baker Administration, biomedical companies, and manufacturing community have worked together since March to address the crisis as swiftly as possible. Challenging times still lay ahead as we figure out the "new normal".
I am concerned about the FY21 budget, but I am confident that as a state we will recover. I have advocated for our communities before during tough budget cycles, and I know how to fight to ensure Avon, Canton, and Stoughton get what they deserve.
The most rewarding part of my job is the direct impact my work on Beacon Hill can have on our communities and on individual lives. Constituent services is the cornerstone of the work I do at the State House. State Government touches many aspects of our lives, but it can be daunting to navigate on your own. I am always happy to help and encourage you to contact my office whenever you need help resolving an issue.
Whether it is to request aid with a problem, voice an opinion regarding legislation, or simply to say "hello", I look forward to hearing from you.