Steve Grossman on Local Issues

Former Chair of DNC; Democratic Challenger MA Governor


Steve Grossman on Casino Gambling

Repatriate money from Connecticut's casinos

Grossman took questions for an hour, sounding conversant in a variety of topics tossed at him--from a sales taxes on soda to tribal gaming facilities. As state treasurer, Grossman oversees what he calls "the most successful lottery in the country" and he told the forum that by providing local aid, the lottery helps the unemployed and underemployed.

According to Grossman, the Massachusetts Lottery generated a record $4.75 billion in sales in the last fiscal year, resulting in profits of $984 million. Per capita spending on the lottery is $720 per person--about double that of any other state. "The lottery pays for things that improve the quality of life," Grossman said.

Grossman supports building casinos in the state, saying they will create decent jobs and benefits for 15,000 construction and hospitality workers and bring in $300 million in additional revenue annually. Grossman said Massachusetts residents are spending money in Connecticut's casinos and that it's time to "repatriate" that money.

Source: Wicked Local Brookline on 2014 Massachusetts governor's race , Feb 14, 2014

Steve Grossman on MCAS

Alternative graduation requirements for those who fail MCAS

    Steve has proposed that we look at the model provided by the state of Indiana, which has a high-stakes test similar to MCAS but also has an alternative path to a diploma for kids who genuinely work hard and play by the rules but are unable to pass the test. Those students must have:
  1. taken the test as many times as it was offered;
  2. taken all the remediation provided by the school;
  3. attended school 95 percent of the time;
  4. maintained a “C” average in the core curriculum; and
  5. received a written recommendation from the teacher of the subject the student failed on the test, approved by the principal.
Improving education has not been taken less seriously because there is an alternative to passing the test. Indiana has raised standards and test scores but has made clear it intends to leave no child behind. Massachusetts ought to be able to do the same.
Source: Campaign web site, Grossman2002.com , Dec 7, 2001

Make MCAS one of several measures of educational success

The MCAS is a tough test and sets a high bar that we should aspire for every student to get over. It provides us with data about students’ and schools’ performance that, if properly used, should help us come closer to achieving that goal. People in business appreciate the value of data in driving improvement. But Steve’s view is that education is not a bottom-line business with only one measure of success. We [need] more than one measure of success for our children.
Source: Campaign web site, Grossman2002.com , Dec 7, 2001

Other governors on Local Issues: Steve Grossman on other issues:
MA Gubernatorial:
Bill Weld
Charlie Baker
Dan Wolf
Deval Patrick
Don Berwick
Karyn Polito
Martha Coakley
Marty Walsh
Richard Tisei
Tom Menino
Warren Tolman
MA Senatorial:
Brian Herr
Bruce Skarin
Ed Markey
Elizabeth Warren
Gabriel Gomez
John Kerry
Martha Coakley
Mo Cowan

Gubernatorial Debates 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R) vs.Griffin(R,Lt.Gov.)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.DuVal(D) vs.Mealer(AE) vs.Gilbert(L) vs.Riggs(R)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Kashkari(R)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Beauprez(R) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R) vs.Walker(R,Lt.Gov.)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D) vs.Snitker(L,Lt.Gov.)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D) vs.Hunt(L)
HI: Ige(D) vs.Aiona(R) vs.Abercrombie(D)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hatch(D) vs.Hoefling(R)
MA: Coakley(D) vs.Baker(R) &Polito(R,Lt.Gov.) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
NM: Martinez(R) vs.King(D)
NY: Cuomo(D) &Hochul(D,Lt.Gov.) vs.Astorino(R) vs.Hawkins(G) vs.Teachout(D)
OK: Fallin(R) vs.Dorman(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Wolf(D) vs.Schwartz(D,lost primary) vs.Critz(D,Lt.Gov.,lost primary)
Newly-elected 2014:
AK-I: Bill Walker
AR-R: Asa Hutchinson
AZ-R: Doug Ducey
IL-R: Bruce Rauner
MA-R: Charlie Baker
MD-R: Larry Hogan
NE-R: Pete Ricketts
PA-D: Tom Wolf
RI-D: Gina Raimondo
TX-R: Greg Abbott

Up for re-election 2014:
AK-R: Sean Parnell
AL-R: Robert Bentley
CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
CT-D: Dan Malloy
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
KS-R: Sam Brownback
ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NH-D: Maggie Hassan
NM-R: Susana Martinez
NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
OR-D: John Kitzhaber
PA-R: Tom Corbett
SC-R: Nikki Haley
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
TN-R: Bill Haslam
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
WI-R: Scott Walker
WY-R: Matt Mead
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Term-Limited or Retiring 2014:
AR-D: Mike Beebe
AZ-R: Jan Brewer
MA-D: Deval Patrick
MD-D: Martin O'Malley
RI-I: Linc Chafee
TX-R: Rick Perry

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