House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) congratulated State Representative Donald H. Wong (R-Saugus) for maintaining a perfect voting record throughout the 2015-2016 legislative session. The Saugus legislator participated in all 559 roll call votes cast in the House of Representatives between January of 2015 and July of 2016, achieving a 100% voting record.
Representative Wong cast votes this session on a number of key policy issues including: a landmark bill that focuses on treatment, education and prevention to address this growing public health threat of opioid abuse; a statewide “Stolen Valor Act” to prosecute individuals who falsely claim to be a veteran or military honor recipient in order to fraudulently obtain money, property or other tangible benefits; an historic pay equity law designed to prevent gender-based wage discrimination in the workplace; and legislation reforming the state’s public records law for the first time in over 40 years.
In addition to supporting the implementation of rigorous public safety standards for Massachusetts-issued drivers licenses to comply with the federal REAL ID Act, the Saugus lawmaker also cast votes in support of the HOME Act, a comprehensive bill that provides expanded employment protections, enhanced housing opportunities, and additional tax abatements to Massachusetts veterans; legislation expanding the procurement of offshore wind power and hydroelectric power; and a $1.02 billion economic development bill that will help create and retain jobs in the Commonwealth and support critical infrastructure investments.
During the 2015-2016 legislative session, Representative Wong reinforced his commitment to the communities within the Ninth Essex District by voting in support of significant local aid increases. Over the last two years, Chapter 70 education aid has increased by $227.3 million, bringing the statewide total to a record $4.6 billion. Over the same time period, Unrestricted General Government Aid – which helps communities pay for a variety of essential municipal programs – was increased by $76.1 million, to a total of $1.02 billion.
Representative Wong also recorded votes in support of an $800 million municipal road and bridge bill to help cities and towns address critical infrastructure needs, as well as a municipal modernization bill designed to help streamline municipal operations, provide greater financial flexibility to cities and towns, and improve the delivery of essential services at the local level.
“Representative Wong continues to be a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility and accountability to the state’s taxpayers, while effectively championing the needs of his district,” said Representative Jones. “The residents of the Ninth Essex District are very fortunate to have him representing them and fighting for their interests on Beacon Hill.”
Representative Wong currently serves on the Committees on the Joint Committee on Ways and Means and the Joint Committee on Financial Services.