New Bedford Standard-Times: Goldberg Knows SouthCoast

The race for the office of the state treasurer this year offers two strong candidates from the major parties, but because of her deeper understanding of the people, economy and needs of SouthCoast, Democrat Deb Goldberg has earned our endorsement.

Goldberg learned business from her family, the owners of Stop & Shop, which taught her about the diverse population of Massachusetts, including Southeastern Mass., with its unique character.

And her years of public service, with a focus on women, families and children, have kept her in close contact with the intricacies of state politics, which will be crucial in the execution of her vision for the Office of the Treasurer.

Goldberg aims to establish an infrastructure financing authority, not unlike the School Building Authority, providing a method for financing the vital transportation maintenance and upgrades needed around the state that communities struggle to pay for.

She also proposes a college saving program for Massachusetts children who receive free and reduced lunches from their schools, giving each child $50 — funded by private banks — that will seed a college saving account, and that could be used only for college or technical school.

She also hopes to establish a program that can provide non-English speakers better access to free tax preparation, reducing the practice of storefront tax preparers who prey on the immigrant population with tax services that take advantage of their unfamiliarity and wariness of American finances and government.

And Goldberg wants to continue the work of the current treasurer in bringing more transparency to the office. Treasurer Steve Grossman created the Massachusetts Open Checkbook, which lists spending by state government online; Goldberg wants to see more of the state’s finances online, open to the public.

Her Republican challenger […] is likewise well qualified and has a creditable vision for the office. His experience in banking, finance and management give him the perspective needed to be treasurer. However, we feel that Goldberg’s familiarity with the region, her experience, skill and success in the government sphere, and her people-centered policies maker her the better candidate for treasurer.

We urge you to vote for Deb Goldberg on Tuesday.

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