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Former State Senate President; Democratic Challenger MA Governor:
Tom Birmingham on the Issues

Tom Birmingham on Abortion

  • Supported clinic buffer zones. (Nov 2001)
  • Insurance for contraception & state workers’ abortions. (Nov 2001)

Tom Birmingham on Budget & Economy

No stance on record.

Tom Birmingham on Civil Rights

  • Funding to support gays & lesbians in public schools. (Nov 2001)
  • Domestic partnership benefits for state employees. (Nov 2001)

Tom Birmingham on Corporations

No stance on record.

Tom Birmingham on Crime

  • Include sexual orientation as basis for hate crimes. (Nov 2001)
  • Require police ticketing records, to fight racial profiling. (Nov 2001)
  • $21 million for community policing. (Nov 2001)
  • Strengthen the arrest warrant system. (Nov 2001)

Tom Birmingham on Drugs

No stance on record.

Tom Birmingham on Education

  • $106M yearly for early childhood education. (Nov 2001)
  • $55M in new school building projects this year. (Nov 2001)
  • Every student can attend college for $500 per year. (Nov 2001)

    School Choice

  • Strong advocate for strengthening public schools. (Nov 2001)
  • Equal educational opportunity regardless of where kids live. (Nov 2001)

Tom Birmingham on Energy & Oil

No stance on record.

Tom Birmingham on Environment

  • $26 million for preserving open space. (Nov 2001)
  • Supports brownfield cleanup. (Nov 2001)

Tom Birmingham on Families & Children

  • Strengthen assault laws to focus on domestic violence. (Nov 2001)
  • Treat as crimes domestic stalking and harassment. (Nov 2001)
  • Small Necessities Leave Act: 24 hours off per year. (Nov 2001)
  • Paid leave for new parents. (Nov 2001)

Tom Birmingham on Foreign Policy

No stance on record.

Tom Birmingham on Free Trade

No stance on record.

Tom Birmingham on Government Reform

No stance on record.

Tom Birmingham on Gun Control

  • Ban assault weapons; more licensing & penalties. (Nov 2001)

Tom Birmingham on Health Care

  • Patient Bill of Rights; push for right to sue HMOs. (Nov 2001)
  • Protect genetic privacy in health insurance. (Nov 2001)
  • Health Now! funds low-income healthcare from cigarette tax. (Nov 2001)
  • Make universal health care coverage for kids a right. (Nov 2001)
  • Universal coverage for senior prescriptions. (Nov 2001)

Tom Birmingham on Homeland Security

No stance on record.

Tom Birmingham on Immigration

No stance on record.

Tom Birmingham on Jobs

  • Increase the minimum wage to $6.75 per hour, and index it. (Nov 2001)
  • $18M yearly for workforce training & adult literacy. (Nov 2001)
  • Strengthen prevailing wage laws. (Nov 2001)

Tom Birmingham on Local Issues

    MCAS

  • $110M to improve test scores, rather than “blame game”. (Nov 2001)

Tom Birmingham on Principles & Values

No stance on record.

Tom Birmingham on Social Security

No stance on record.

Tom Birmingham on Tax Reform

  • $500 million tax cut for all taxpayers. (Nov 2001)
  • $750 tax credit for senior housing. (Nov 2001)

Tom Birmingham on War & Peace

  • Make terrorist threats a felony, whether or not carried out. (Nov 2001)
  • Allow state inspection of e-mail, to fight terrorism. (Nov 2001)

Tom Birmingham on Welfare & Poverty

  • $100M for affordable housing fund; don’t rely on market. (Nov 2001)
  • $164M in tax incentives for charity. (Nov 2001)
  • Preserve “expiring use” housing & rent escrow. (Nov 2001)