Berkshire Eagle: Goldberg offers public-private experience

Berkshire Eagle: Goldberg offers public-private experience

In choosing a successor to capable state treasurer Steve Grossman, who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic gubernatorial nod, voters should want someone who combines his experience, energy and willingness to explore new concepts. Deborah Goldberg has the potential to meet those standards. Ms. Goldberg brings a unique private-public perspective. As a member of the family that built Stop & Shop, she knows the challenges facing businesses. As a former member of the Board of Selectmen in Brookline, Ms. Goldberg knows government at its roots. The Democratic candidate’s knowledge of financial issues from the viewpoint of a government official and a businesswoman will serve her well as treasurer. An opponent of casinos, she will be an ally of the small store owners who have become dependent on the Lottery should casinos survive the Nov. 4 referendum. Her Republican opponent, Mike Heffernan, has expressed support for casinos as a tool to boost the economy but that is not what is happening in Atlantic City or southeastern Connecticut. Mr. Heffernan has long experience in the financial industry, which would serve him as treasurer, but he does not have his opponent’s valuable experience in the public sector. Ms. Goldberg has negotiated with public unions, worked with pension systems and engaged at a local level with the same issues that will confront her as treasurer. As has been the case with Mr. Grossman, she will aggressively promote the financial literacy programs that will help residents avoid the traps set by Wall Street. The treasurer oversees the state’s school renovation program, which is of considerable importance to the Berkshires, and her pro-education stance and background suggest...
New Bedford Standard-Times: Goldberg Knows SouthCoast

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...
Statement from Deb Goldberg on the Passing of Mayor Thomas M. Menino

Statement from Deb Goldberg on the Passing of Mayor Thomas M. Menino

Today our whole family has lost a dear close friend and the people of Boston have lost an extraordinary leader who never lost sight of the people in his city. From his days as a city councilor in the Readville neighborhood of Hyde Park where he represented so many Stop & Shop workers and their families, to his two decades of service as Mayor of Boston, our family saw in Tom Menino an uncompromising style of leadership filled with compassion, integrity, and generosity of spirit. Tom always believed that the most effective way to lead was to go out into the community and listen to people. Tom connected to everyone from all walks of life because they saw and felt in him a clarity of focus. He devoted his life to helping everyone he was elected to represent, fighting for each of them every day, making life just a little bit easier for working families. I will always view Tom as this giant of a leader, a mentor who taught me that no matter where you come from, you need to talk with, feel with, and connect with people in order to help them. He brought everyone together from every background and every field — corporate, civic, and academic — to make the city he loved more diverse, tolerant, and equitable. Tom’s legacy will undoubtedly endure for generations to come. I know for me, I will carry his advice and wisdom forever. We extend our deepest condolences to Angela and the entire Menino family. Our loving thoughts are with...
Lynn Daily Item: School conditions don’t add up for state-treasurer candidate

Lynn Daily Item: School conditions don’t add up for state-treasurer candidate

LYNN — Deb Goldberg got more than she bargained for in a visit to Pickering Middle School: an appreciation for the urgent need for a new school and a talking point on subsequent campaign stops. “Pickering Middle School is part of my stump speech,” Goldberg said in a meeting with Item editors and reporters Monday, adding that she was taken aback by the conditions in some sections of the building, notably the basement and auditorium. “We have a skills gap in Massachusetts,” said Goldberg, a Democrat […] in the race for state treasurer — a position which oversees the Massachusetts School Building Authority. “We have expectations for kids to score well on the MCAS or PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers),” Goldberg said. “I was at Pickering during orientation, and it was 90 degrees outside, and some of the windows don’t open. The science labs don’t work. How can we expect kids to develop the skills they need if we don’t give them the resources?” The school department has applied to the MSBA to place Pickering on the state school construction funding list. “The reason I talk about Pickering is that it highlights what we haven’t done and what we need to do,” Goldberg said. Goldberg said she doesn’t play the Lottery, but in her travels across Massachusetts she has met with Lottery agents and discussed the need for new machines and enhanced technology, including sharing information and data analysis of sales. A member of Stop & Shop’s founding family who served on the Brookline Board of Selectmen, Goldberg said she has the private- and public-sector...
Lowell Sun: Deb Goldberg for treasurer

Lowell Sun: Deb Goldberg for treasurer

Massachusetts voters have a pair of qualified candidates in the race for state treasurer. Democrat Deb Goldberg and Republican Mike Heffernan both have impressive financial backgrounds, which make them well-suited to be the stewards on the state’s pension fund, Lottery and School Building Authority, among other duties. While Heffernan’s experience comes solely from the private sector, including key positions with Salomon Brothers and Citigroup, Goldberg has accumulated a mix of skills from stints in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Though armed with a Harvard MBA, Goldberg says she earned her business stripes by working her way up in the family-owned Stop & Shop supermarket chain. She has already used her understanding of merchandising by reaching out to retailers to gauge the effect casino gambling may have on Lottery sales. She also wants all the Lottery profits going to cities and towns in unrestricted local aid — which is now not the case. Realizing that the state’s ability to borrow money at favorable terms relies on a strong credit history, Goldberg says she won’t issue any debt that hurts that AA+ bond rating. The Sun believes her breadth of experience makes Deb Goldberg the right choice for state treasurer. The full article can be viewed...
Boston Globe: Deb Goldberg for State Treasurer

Boston Globe: Deb Goldberg for State Treasurer

THE MASSACHUSETTS state treasurer could stay busy with the basic responsibilities of managing the state’s cash flow and debt. But the holder of the office has a much broader portfolio, overseeing the state school building fund, lottery, alcoholic beverages commission, public pension fund, state retirement board, and other duties. The position demands an executive with high energy and wide-ranging experience. That candidate is Democrat Deb Goldberg. Goldberg, whose family used to own Stop & Shop, learned the grocery business from the ground up. Unlike her opponent, Republican Mike Heffernan, she has held elected office on the local level, gaining valuable political and fiscal experience. Serving six years on the Board of Selectmen in Brookline gave Goldberg pragmatic experience, which would serve her well when keeping tabs on school construction costs. She also has an appreciation for the impact that Lottery proceeds can have on police, fire, and other basic services, and vows to streamline the process further by fixing the outmoded technology used by lottery vendors. Whoever becomes the next treasurer will follow a solid term by outgoing state treasurer Steve Grossman. He set a high bar for transparency, cash flow management, and return on investments in the state pension fund, which rose by 17.6 percent in the fiscal year that ended June 30. Goldberg pledges to continue that tradition of excellence with her plan to create a nonpartisan fiscal agency to predict the cost of new legislation and provide multiyear budget forecasts. She also promises to publicize the budgets of all departments connected to the treasurer’s office, reasoning that transparency must start with her. Heffernan, of Wellesley, has...

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