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Colarusso Will Not Accept State Pension and Will Donate the Pay Raise


 A Release From the Caroline Colarusso for State Representative Campaign

Stoneham, MA …Today Selectwoman and candidate for State Representative Caroline Colarusso reminded voters that she will be a full time representative for the people of Winchester and Stoneham and doubled-down on swearing off the state pension and announced she will also donate the excessive 40% legislative pay raise if her repeal efforts are unsuccessful. The pay raise was passed in the very first vote of the Legislature last session.

“Our towns have so many challenges that must be addressed now. A full-time Representative is necessary to engage their constituents and give the issues the proper attention,” said Colarusso. “Whether it is fighting for more local aid and money for new school buildings, improving our local economy, fighting opioids and crime, dealing with chapter 40B housing problems, the Eversource project, stopping us from becoming a Sanctuary State in order to give law enforcement the tools they need, you can count on me to be working on the issues full-time for Stoneham and Winchester.”

Colarusso said her priorities as an elected official will never be divided. She believes that since Representatives receive a full-time salary, she will earn it by working non-stop. Colarusso has more than proven she will put in the effort. As a Selectwoman, she has always held regular office hours and answers all constituent calls promptly. 

“I will continue to give my full attention to solve constituent problems, hold office hours, continue to knock on doors to meet people one on one for feedback, and attend community events,” said Colarusso. My priorities will not be divided between the people of this district and leveraging my elected position to benefit a legal practice.”Prior to the incumbent being elected and for many years, Stoneham and Winchester had been served by full time State Representatives. 

Colarusso is also promising to opt out of the state pension system and she will donate last year’s excessive 40% legislative pay increase with the first $5000 towards starting a non profit to fight the opioid crisis and the remaining funds towards women and children causes important to Winchester and Stoneham. 

“I have never run for office for a salary, pension, or a position that will enhance my business. That’s why I am devoting full-time to representing Stoneham and Winchester, declining the pension, and donating that outrageous pay raise my opponent voted for himself and the Speaker last year to causes important to our community. I’m all in to represent you and serve you, not advance my career and serve myself,” Colarusso said. 

“Voters want a State Representative that is straight with them about their intentions. We need to know that taxpayer dollars are being spent on our community priorities and not wasted on excessive pay raises and lavish benefits for themselves. That is not what public service is about” said Colarusso.
You can contact me and find out more about my campaign on my webpage at Caroline4rep.com and I can be reached by phone at (781)438-5720.



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