Reform and Transparency [<
has always worked for improving government efficiency, transparency, and
accountability. He has worked to pass common sense bills that root out
corruption and restore the public’s trust in government.
· In the 2013-2014
legislative session, Michael and his colleagues tackled campaign finance
disclosures, bringing a higher level of transparency to elections in the
Commonwealth. The law strengthens reporting requirements for independent
expenditure committees, corporations, and labor unions and enhances public
access to information regarding campaign contributions, thus increasing voters’
ability to make informed decisions.
· Michael was proud to
join with his colleagues in passing what the Boston Globe deemed, “the most
sweeping ethics overhaul in decades,” as a step toward rebuilding and regaining
the public’s trust in the legislative process. The 2009 law recreated stricter
regulations, imposed harsher penalties on violators, and strengthened the
authority of the Attorney General and other regulatory agencies in combating
· As Vice-Chairman for
the Committee on Public Service, Michael played an integral role in legislation
that addressed abuses of the Commonwealth’s pension system. The law banned the
use of housing benefits, car-related costs, and other bonuses to inflate
pensions, saving the tax-payers money.