Our discussion touched on the following specific issues:
Jobs. Goldberg pointed to education as critical to the long-term economic competitiveness of Massachusetts. “The key to jobs in Massachusetts is education. I know that we need to increase funding to state higher education. It is taking kids six years to get out of school because they have to hold two or three jobs. We are 47th, 48th or 49th in the country in funding higher ed. There are jobs here but we are not preparing kids for those jobs,” she said.
Lieutenant Governor’s Role. The candidate said the relationship between Mike Dukakis and Tom O’Neill is her role model. “There is so much work to be done to get Massachusetts moving again. It has to be done by a team,” she said. “Business tends to think that government is out to get them. I can be a very good point person for that relationship,” she added.
Social Concerns. “Several public policy issues that concern me a great deal: hunger and homelessness. Also psychiatric illness. But we can’t fund all the programs we want because we haven’t had anyone focusing on broad-based economic development,” she said.
Heath Care. She called for participation by additional groups. “The business community seems to be off the charts on this. There are other people with deeper pockets that no one seems to be talking about, which are the insurers. I think they should be involved in the process. Why can’t all the municipalities get together and possibly join the state plan. That right away reduces costs. But also why hasn’t industry looked at solutions like that. So maybe we do it for them. No one is thinking long term,” she said.