U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, (D) – Springfield – 2nd Congressional District, discusses the total cost of U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as work to wind down those conflicts. We’ll also discuss efforts to maintain Massachusetts military bases as the Pentagon plans major cuts, continuing concerns over the future financial stability of Social Security and pressing other issues.
State Rep. Joe Wagner (D) – Chicopee/8thHampden District, discusses legislative efforts to curb the rising costs of medical care in the Commonwealth. Wagner is House Chair of the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, which oversees gambling regulations and we’ll ask him about recent Gaming Commission moves to speedup the licensing process for casinos.
Marisa DeFranco, candidate for the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate, discusses her positions on key issues including job development, health care reform and Federal regulation of big banks and Wall Street.
State Senator Jim Welch (D) – West Springfield and the Hampden District will discuss the recently adopted 2013 House Budget and state finances, the “Valor Act” to assist Massachusetts veterans and their families, and a bill he’s sponsoring to aid families of murder victims.
State Representative Stephen Kulik (D) – Worthington and the 1stFranklin District & Vice Stephen KulikChair of the House Way s& Means Committee, will discuss the just-released House version of the FY 2013 state budget and ongoing differences between the Governor and the legislature on spending proposals for the coming year.