Dufour Calls for Transparency at State House

Tewksbury, MA . . . .Today Jeff Dufour, (R Tewksbury) candidate for State Representative in the Essex 18th House district, announced initiatives to restore accountability to the state legislature.

“Right now, there are several conference committees meeting behind closed doors to decide the fate of legislation such as the “Police Reform” bill.  I believe the public has a right to know about the discussions.  Are members being influenced by special interest groups or lobbyists?  It is supposed to be the people’s House.  That’s why as the next State Representative, I will work to restore transparency and accountability.  I will file legislation requiring the legislature to abide by the Open Meeting Law and the Open Records laws,” said Dufour.

Currently, the legislature is exempt from both the Open Records and Open Meeting laws unlike municipal officials that have to abide by both.  Dufour believes that if a Selectmen, School Committee members, and Mayors can follow these laws then the legislature can do as well.

“Taxpayers have a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent.  It is time to end the behind the scenes negotiations and allow the sunshine in on the process of passing legislation and the state’s budget.  They recently passed an interim budget and no one knows what is in it,” said Dufour.  

As a Representative, Dufour will also work to reform the legislative process by ending the bundling of amendments and requiring bills to be in print and online for 72 hours before a vote.  

“Massachusetts receives a failing grade from the Sunlight Foundation.  It is time make some positive changes and stop all the insider trading,” said Dufour.

Background on Jeff Dufour

Jeff Dufour is a leader for the people – not the insiders or the special interest groups.  Having lived in the region for more than 35 years, he truly cares about the direction of our district and state.  This is not a stepping stone for higher office or implementing an extreme agenda for him.  It is about being our voice at the State House.  

Jeff grew up in a paper mill town in Maine where his mother was a school teacher and his father worked as a grounds superintendent at the local university.  He was raised to work hard, respect others and appreciate the value of community.  Jeff is the third generation of his family to give back through public service.  Jeff and his wife Marie, a Dorchester native, have lived in Tewksbury for the past 24 years.  

Jeff earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maine.  Over the years he has received education certificates for project management and financial planning from Merrimack College.  Presently, he is an Information Systems Project Manager with over 25 years of corporate management and financial services experience.