Sofia Wolman, Louise Coleman and I met with Rep. David Linsky to ask for his support of the petition referendum approved in his district and possibly 50 others. After reading the language he said "I could sign on to that". But the reality of the State House or at least the history of such things is that they often do not hold a vote and let these things die in committee, rather than forward the resolution to Congress. "Their effectiveness is somewhat limited." We discussed Natick Lab expansion and the National Guard property improvements on Speen St. He also spoke about the reduction of federal funds coming to the state and how he would spend extra funds. Housing was one of his suggestions. We met with 15 activists from the coalition that sponsored this non-binding ballot question at the State House cafeteria where literature was provided to share with our legislators. I also visited briefly with aides from the offices of Rep. Chris Walsh, Conroy, Stanley and Dean Campbell (Veterans services). Other groups at the State House were water bill expansion advocates and child abuse laws.
My name is Carol Coakley, I am a member of MetroWest Peace Action and I live in Millis. I welcome your thoughts.