MTA’s recommended candidates for governor and lieutenant governor — Martha Coakley and Steve Kerrigan — can be counted on to make the best choices for students and public
education in Massachusetts.
As governor, Coakley plans to increase investment in the full range
of public education, from prekindergarten through college. She has
pledged to eliminate the list of income-eligible families waiting for
vouchers to help send their children to preschool. She is passionate
about making public higher education affordable, and she is concerned
about the amount of time and money being spent on standardized
testing in our schools. Coakley understands the importance of
safeguarding retiree health benefits, and she respects the collective
Kerrigan will bring his experience — as a trusted top aide to U.S.
Senator Edward M. Kennedy, as CEO of the Democratic National
Convention in 2012 and as president of the Massachusetts Military
Heroes Fund — to the role of lieutenant governor. Kerrigan says he
would like to make Massachusetts’ public education system “not just
the envy of the country, but of the world.” As a former selectman and
Finance Committee member in his native Lancaster, he understands the
need to provide cities and towns with the resources they need.
MTA President Barbara Madeloni said Coakley and Kerrigan have
proven their commitment to the public good through the career choices
each has made.
“As attorney general, Martha Coakley has stood up for the working
families of Massachusetts,” she said. “After taking office in 2007, she
led the charge in holding Wall Street accountable for its role in the
nation’s economic crisis.
“Steve Kerrigan has been a strong leader in government,” Madeloni
said. “His stance against lifting the charter cap shows that he
understands that we must keep the public in public education.
“Together,” she continued, “Coakley and Kerrigan are leaders whose
commitment will be to citizens, not CEOs.”
As governor, Coakley plans to increase
investment in the full range of public education,
from prekindergarten through college.