Focused on education funding
Secured a major victory in FY20 through the passage of Student Opportunity Act (SOA) that will add between $1.5 & $2.4 Billion to state-wide public education funding. Michelle's 'Transient Student' bill was included in the SOA.
- In FY19 Rep. DuBois helped to save Brockton Public School from laying off 100 teachers by securing emergency funding and in the face of devastating cuts due to COVID.
- Michelle recently secured a commitment to fund all school districts at the FY20 level (as a floor) with inflation (this adds additional funds for Brockton, West Bridgewater, and East Bridgewater School districts).
Been accessible and responsive
· Michelle has held monthly office-hours in each community, at councils on aging, and at senior housing from her first month taking office in 2015 until COVID hit in March 2020.
· When COVID hit, Michelle went on-line with many daily COVID updates on Facebook and Twitter and weekly facebook lives.
· Michelle started a Senior Call team to check-in on and help elders in need.
· Michelle has coordinated a "Mask-A-Neighbor Save-A-Life" volunteer group that has made and distributed of over 3,000 free cloth masks.
Achieved Increased Worker Safety
- Michelle's bill to require municipal employees to follow and be protected by OSHA in trenching work was included in a major municipal worker safety bill in FY19.
- Michelle is currently working on passage of an OSHA-violation disclosure bill she filed to ensure safety violations are disclosed during State bidding contracts and municipal trench permits to further support and protect construction workers.
Passed 'Home-Rule' petitions: Proposed laws from West Bridgewater & East Bridgewater that allowed East Bridgewater to sell otherwise unproductive land, and expanded West Bridgewater's special police capacities.
Secured state funds to renovate 4 playgrounds and 3 basketball courts
- McKinley Park ($150,000 in budget earmarks)
- Mulberry St Playground (state grant funding)
- Keith Park (state grant funding)
- East Jr High ($150,000 in budget earmarks used for basketball court & phase-1 of the playground renovation - more to come).
Rep DuBois' plan is to renovate every park in the district and build a district dog park.
Secured additional budget earmarks for West Bridgewater and East Bridgewater COVID response, Summer Youth Educational Programs, Summer Youth Jobs, Domestic Violence services, as well as budget earmarks for EB Hope and the Champion Plan (opioid abuse programs).
Closed the very old, human waste incinerator on the Brockton West Bridgewater line.
- Michelle sustained efforts achieved a remarkable out come in the closure of the human waste incinerator that doe decades burned human waste above our heads 24-hours a day / 7 days a week.
While science is confirming worst health outcomes and increased death rates for people who live in areas with elevated air pollution if they contract COVID-19, Michelle's long-standing efforts to clean our air has saved lives!
The closure of this incinerator stopped 7-tons of significant air pollution from floating in the air we breath every year.
For 15-years Michelle has opposed the siting of a fossil fuel power plant proposed to be built on the West Bridgewater and Brockton line.
As a leader in this effort Michelle has show her determination to protect residents' health & our property values - and her efforts are paying off for residents' health and property values.
The proposed power plant offers zero help or financial gain to residents. If it is built the plant would plummet local West Bridgewater & Brockton property values - no one wants to raise a family in the shadow of a massive power plant.
In contrast Michelle's opponent (Mr. Lally) is on record stating he believes the project “could be good for the city,”
Facilitated Major Infrastructure Projects
· $500,000 constructed sidewalks to Brookfield elementary school;
· $2-Million intersection redesign at North Quincy St at Boundary Ave & Chestnut St (happening now);
· $19-Million for Route 18's improvements including sidewalks in East Bridgewater;
· $3-Million in MassWorks funds for North Elm Street (WB) improvements;
· $1.2-Million Replace South Street Bridge in West Bridgewater;
· $429,400 awarded to West Bridgewater’s Spring St Elementary School for improvements;
· $287,399 for the proposed traffic control signal on West Center by Middle-Senior High;
· $2.8-Million for intersection reconstruction 106 & Rt 28 West Bridgewater;
· $5-Million replace bridge on West Center Street over the Hockomock River.
Future Projects & Priorities include:
· $6-M reconstruct road, intersection, & traffic light at Lyman, Grove & Summer St (FY21)
· $5-Million to reconstruct Quincy, Crescent & Massasoit Boulevard intersection (FY22)
· $3.4-Million to improve pedestrian and bicycle access of Rt 123 /Center St (FY22/23)
· N. Main St at Matfield St., West Bridgewater
· Transfer to LED lights in West Bridgewater
Testifies before each committee on bills and subject matter important to working families in the district.
Hosted an annual 'free pictures with Santa, Kids Holiday Party' at Massasoit Community College that has become a family tradition.