Mom of three, Juliette Kayyem, told us, “My goals as governor and parent are the same. I want to keep my kids here.” She envisions a MA that is so fabulous, with such a strong economy, that the college and tech-school grads want a life here.
Her platform delves deeply into improving infrastructure (think from broadband to rail to ports to regional transit) and education (think birth to career, universal pre-K to affordable colleges). It includes a detailed plan for linking various MA cities and industrial areas to advance the economy as well.
We touched a bit on her background, from civil-rights lawyer to overseeing the MA National Guard and the state’s Homeland Security, and then being a key player in the Obama Administration’s Homeland Security. Listen in as she explains how she views security far beyond terrorist threats and at a local level.
She admits she would have some hard sells, as in convincing the various MA regions (and their lawmakers) that “the challenges we face don’t have borders” and that the role of government “is to make the table big enough” for everyone. However, she speaks to how her style has long been to convince people to work toward larger goals, cooperatively. That actually reminded us of the current governor’s preferred methods.
She spoke at length about her definition of infrastructure. That includes MA as a coastal state, which needs to provide access points from ports to rail and beyond to enable business and economic growth. It also means she “can’t fathom” not being able to provide broadband to every area of the state. Her vision includes expanded regional transportation authorities and frequent, inexpensive personal mobility across regions. People as well as products need easy transit among home, school, work and elsewhere.
Among other key concerns are big improvements for veterans and an overhaul of the criminal justice system.Click below for a peek at her proposals and check the two links above for details.