Tami believes that healthcare is a human right. As a working mother and public health social work professional for the last 25 years, Tami has direct experience with how our inefficient and expensive healthcare system impacts our health and well-being. She believes that no one should have to face insurmountable medical bills or go into debt just to get the medical care they need. As Lieutenant Governor, Tami will lead the fight for Medicare For All here in the Commonwealth.
Racial & Social Justice
Tami knows that all political decision-making must be intersectional. She recognizes too that racism, sexism, classism, ableism, xenophobia, bigotry toward LGBTQIA+ people, and many other forms of discrimination are embedded in our political and economic systems. To address these inequities, we must undo discriminatory policy and pass legislation that centers those who have been historically marginalized. Every political issue in Massachusetts is an issue of racial and social justice, and Tami will center equity across all of her policy priorities and throughout her time as Lieutenant Governor.
Climate justice is the defining priority of our era. To build a resilient and sustainable future, Tami knows we must transition to 100% renewable energy and reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. Tami is committed to a just transition that centers equity, creates thousands of unionized, good-paying, clean energy jobs, and empowers the BIPOC and frontline communities most harmed by environmental devastation.
Housing is a human right. As tenants face rising rents and opportunities for homeownership dwindle across Massachusetts, Tami sees our housing crisis as a public health issue, one that disproportionately harms people of color, working class people, and people with disabilities or mental illness. As Lieutenant Governor, Tami will fight for policies that protect vulnerable renters from unjust eviction or sudden increases in rent.
As our state transitions to 100% renewable energy, Tami will champion an expansion of her signature net-zero stretch code legislation, which allows cities and towns to establish rigorous energy efficiency standards for net-zero carbon emission buildings. Solving the housing and climate crises also means revitalizing and greening our state’s transportation system. Tami advocates for expanding and electrifying our public transit and making it fare-free. She will also work with municipalities to correct the environmental and economic injustice suffered by BIPOC and frontline communities, who often face the worst effects of pollution from our transportation and energy system yet remain the most underserved by public transit.
Tami believes that no one should live in poverty. Tami will fight to expand the social safety net and close the extreme income inequality gap in our state. Tami supports making the minimum wage a living wage and indexing it to keep up with inflation and rising costs of living. She will also work to implement One Fair Wage policy requiring all employers to pay the full minimum wage, which would lift many tipped and subminimum wage workers out of poverty.
As someone from a union family, Tami believes that unions and collective bargaining rights are the foundation for a vibrant middle class. As Lieutenant Governor she will fight for the right for any worker to join or form a union.
Democracy and Transparency
For democracy to thrive, Tami believes that government must be accessible and accountable to all people. She has stood with activists to buck leadership and demand greater transparency and public participation in our legislature, including by making her committee votes public, increasing the time allotted to review bills, and standing for roll call votes on bills and amendments to increase recorded votes. As Lieutenant Governor, she will continue to fight for transparency on Beacon Hill and for broader political engagement. She supports implementing ranked-choice voting and passing the VOTES Act to make voting by mail permanent, expand early in-person voting options, implement automatic voter registration and same-day voter registration, and expand ballot access for incarcerated people.
Criminal Justice Reform
Racism and racial injustice is systemic and affects every aspect of life, including our criminal justice system. To combat our punitive system, Tami supports de-carceral approaches to low-level and juvenile crime, including by eliminating mandatory minimum sentences and raising the age for someone to be tried as an adult to 21. She would also work to clear the records of juvenile offenders, to open up additional housing, employment, and educational opportunities closed to those convicted of a crime.
To limit violence stemming from law enforcement, Tami has voted to curtail no-knock warrants, ban the use of tear gas, limit qualified immunity for police officers, lower the threshold of evidence for decertifying abusive police officers, and create an independent review board for all police shootings in the Commonwealth.
Opioid Crisis and Addiction
Tami has seen firsthand the devastation and loss of life caused by the opioid crisis and addiction. She will use the office of Lieutenant Governor to work with towns and cities to end the crisis by supporting addiction prevention and effective interventions and providing increased access to mental healthcare.
A just public education system is critical to fostering a thriving society. As Lieutenant Governor, Tami will fight for universal pre-k and free and debt-free public higher education, so that all students and families have equitable access to educational opportunities throughout their life.
As a State Representative, Tami has also filed legislation to prevent and treat childhood trauma, including trauma caused by poverty, racism, xenophobia, and cultural dehumanization, to make sure that every child has access to the social support and mental health resources they need to live healthy lives.
Tami supports the right to safe, legal abortion. As a State Representative, Tami was a leader in the fight to pass the ROE Act, a key step toward dismantling discriminatory barriers to reproductive healthcare in our state. As Lieutenant Governor, Tami will expand reproductive rights by passing the Healthy Youth Act, which will ensure that public school students have access to comprehensive, age-appropriate, accurate, and high-quality sex education.
Gun Violence Prevention
Gun violence is a public health crisis. Massachusetts has led the country on passing gun violence prevention laws that save lives, but Tami knows there is still work to be done to make sure no life is cut short. She will fight to ban ghost guns and curtail gun trafficking to ensure that our state continues to set a national example for strict, necessary regulation.