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Visual Depiction for the Undecided

We’ve just posted the closing remarks of Hannah Kane and Jason Palitsch from the Candidate’s Night Forum hosted on March 16 by the Shrewsbury League of Women Voters.

Here are the respective word clouds from their closing statements. “Where’s Westborough?” 🙂

Hannah Kane closing statement word cloud:

Hannah Kane - 2015  closing statement word cloud
Hannah Kane – 2015 closing statement word cloud

 Jason Palitsch closing statement word cloud

Jason Palitsch - 2015  closing statement word cloud
Jason Palitsch – 2015 closing statement word cloud

Jason Palitsch – 2015 LWV closing statement

Here is our transcription of the closing statements of Jason Palitsch, from the Shrewsbury League of Women Voters Candidate’s Night Forum, held Mon Mar 16, 2015 and moderated by Jo-Ann Barry, from the Acton LWV.

For the full video, see this link, or scroll down!

Thank you to Jo-Ann for moderating tonight. Thank you to Missy and the Shrewsbury League of Women Voters for organizing tonight’s forum.

Thank you to everybody for participating.

I grew up in Shrewsbury and I had my values shaped in the town of Shrewsbury,

In addition to being a product of the Shrewsbury public schools K-12, I’ve always been somebody who’s been drawn to public service.

I’ve been a town meeting member from precinct 9 since I was 19.

But as much as I’ve had a drive to give back to my community, I’ve always felt like coming from Shrewsbury has inspired in me the drive to give back.

Growing up in Shrewsbury instilled in me the values of good citizenship, of working with diverse populations, of respecting others. That’s something that I’ve always carried with me.

I’m running for this office because I feel that I have the right combination of experience to be the strong, effective voice that Shrewsbury and Westborough need on “Beacon Hill”.

I’ve worked on “Beacon Hill”. I’ve been a formal legislative aide; I know what it takes to get things done.

But more importantly, I’m a local official.

As a School Committee member for threee years, I know the issues that impact our community.

I know what it is that Shrewsbury and Westborough need to get things done.

And my values were shaped here.

I’m going to “Beacon Hill” to be an independent voice.

I’ve never asked somebody to vote for me because of my party, or for a demographic reason.

I’ve knocked on doors throughout this district asking people to vote for me, because I’m going to be an independent voice who’s open to listening to everybody.

I encourage everybody to reach out to me directly, my cell phone number which is on the School Department’s Website, 508-847-1139.

I want to hear from everybody.

I’m wanting to be that accessible voice, that independent voice, who’s going to represent the interests of Shrewsbury and Westborough effectively on “Beacon Hill”, to make sure our voice is heard.

I’m Jason Palitsch running for State Representative, asking for your vote on March 31st.

Thank you so much for everybody for taking the time. is responsible for any and all errors.  Contact to request any corrections.

Hannah Kane – 2015 LWV closing statement

Here is our transcription of the closing statements of Hannah Kane, from the Shrewsbury League of Women Voters Candidate’s Night Forum, held Mon Mar 16, 2015 and moderated by Jo-Ann Barry, from the Acton LWV.

For the full video, see this link, or scroll down!

Thank you very much for moderating this discussion and thank you to the Shrewsbury League of Women Voters for hosting this forum, and for all of you for participating tonight.

Thank you to my husband Jim, and my three lovely children, I appreciate all the sacrifices that you’re making and for your support and enthusiasm.

And thank you to my bipartisan campaign team and to all my supporters for helping and having all the hard work and sacrifice you’ve each given.

Our state is facing enormous fiscal challenges.

Challenges exasperated and magnified by one party rule in Beacon Hill.

And I think it is very important that we send somebody there who has the private sector experience and has had experience with difficult decisions and balancing them.

We need to balance ourselves with the responsibilities to the taxpayer as well as relying on the Commonwealth and those who need it.

There are 34 Republicans to the 124 Democrats, and there are 37 women to the 121 men in the House of Representatives.

Our state will significantly benefit from moving towards balance and away from decisions made by a singular party immune to compromise.

I’m a mother, a small buiness owner, and a member of the Shrewsbury Finance Committee, and a 13-year Town Meeting member.

I come to this opportunity with significant public and private sector experience.

I’ve lived in Shrewsbury for 18 years, and I’ve been a productive member of the community since moving here.

I’m a deeply committed vocal and successful advocate and fundraiser for the Shrewsbury public schools, while being keenly aware that a town is much more than a school system.

I’ve long understood that we live in a diverse community, and I’ve been a deeply involved leader in many community initiatives.

I’m proud to have the endorsement of the Shrewsbury Firefighters Association and the Shrewsbury Police Patrolmen’s Union as well as the endorsements of Matt Beaton and Karen Polito, our former state representatives.

I have a track record of standing up and taking principled positions in our community while working with people from across the political spectrum in a manner that’s respectful of all parties involved.

I will be beholden solely to the voters of Shrewsbury and Westborough, and I intend to be a person on Beacon Hill who is known for gettting things done. is responsible for any and all errors.  Contact to request any corrections.

State Briefing on Expanding Earned Income Tax Credit


BOSTON– Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton), Representative Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge), Senator Ben Downing (D-Pittsfield), Senator Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton), and Children’s HealthWatch, a non-profit based at Boston Medical Center, today hosted a briefing on expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in Massachusetts at the State House.

“I am proud to introduce legislation this session that would increase the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit to increase the income of working families, reduce poverty and improve the quality of health in our children,” said Senator Eldridge. “The briefing today highlighted a policy that will have a significant impact on the state’s economy, the wealth of the people of Massachusetts, and inequality in our society.”

“Eliminating poverty and ensuring that parents have the resources needed to buy food, medicine, clothes, and access to learning materials, create a foundation to start addressing the hurdles of moving into healthy, thriving lives,” said Representative Marjorie Decker, the lead Houses sponsor of the bill.

“I have been the lead sponsor of legislation to increase our state EITC for several sessions,” said Senator Creem. “This may finally be the year when legislators come together to increase assistance to hardworking families.”

“Increasing the EITC is a broadly supported, smart way to reward work and help those who work hard and play by the rules avoid poverty. I look forward to working with my colleagues, advocates and the Baker administration to find a way to achieve our broadly shared goals,” said Senator Benjamin Downing.

“People might ask: why is a pediatrician talking about tax policy? Simply put, helping working families keep more of the money they earn can help improve their kids’ health.” Said Dr. Megan Sandel, Pediatrician at BMC and principal Investigator with Children’s HealthWatch

“There is growing evidence that the EITC is an incredibly effective program that rewards work, increases economic mobility, reduces income inequality, and improve children’s health ” Said Dr. John Cook, Principal Investigator with Children’s HealthWatch.

“We applaud the focus of our elected officials on reducing inequality in Massachusetts–a state that has experienced some of the most rapid growth in inequality in the nation.  Currently, our state and local tax system contributes to that inequality; each subsequent quintile pays a lower % of income in taxes.  Only at a 50% fully refundable EITC, do the 40% of taxpayers with the lowest earnings finally not have the highest tax burden.” Said Justin Pasquariello, Executive Director at Children’s HealthWatch.

SD1110/HD1533 An Act Improving the Earned Income Credit for Working Families, proposes an expansion in the state’s EITC from 15 percent to 50 percent of the value of the federal EITC for all eligible recipients. This bill provides a unique opportunity to reward work, increase economic mobility, reduce inequality, and improve children’s health. Separate pieces of legislation have also been filed by Senator Creem and Senator Downing.


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