I believe the Cape needs to be recognized by the State as a year-round community. We have over 250,000 full-time residents that depend on local businesses and services 12 months out of the year, not just 3.
University – I propose a merger between Cape Cod Community College and an off-Cape, nationally accredited University. One which would attract students from all over the world. This project includes the construction of additional facilities and dormitories – the latter of which has already been approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. Not only would the campus expansion bring construction jobs during the build and numerous service and supportive jobs once the university is up-and-running, the addition of a full-time year-round student body would stimulate local commerce, increasing demand for businesses to stay open all year thereby fortifying the local economy.
Healthcare – I want to push the partnership between Cape Cod Healthcare and Brigham & Women’s hospital further. I want to make Cape Cod Hospital a teaching hospital by creating a Medical Program built on a collaboration between the Cape Cod Healthcare system, Brigham & Women’s, and our University. I also believe we must expand the hospital’s Pediatric Center to better serve our children’s needs. For these young patients, going to Boston should be optional, not mandatory.
Cape Cod Community Fund – I plan to build a fund focused entirely on providing for the needs of our Cape Cod communities. A significant part of the program would be financed through two revenue streams: 1. A taxation on non-resident second homes and 2. A bridge toll whereby non-residents would be charged $3.00 while locals and business owners would pay nothing. Initial studies estimate, for the toll alone, annual totals would reach well over $10 million. This, as well as the income from the tax, would be used to A. strengthen our education system by raising teacher salaries, hiring more teacher aides, adding social workers and support staff, B. expand the affordable and middle income housing sector, C. assisting small businesses with things like debt forgiveness and low-interest loans, and D. helping finance local infrastructure projects.
At the end of the day, if Beacon Hill won’t give back what we’re owed, then we’ll take care of our own.