STATE REP RACE Q&A: Pina Prinzivalli Shares Her Opinion On The Three Ballot Questions

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the three candidates running for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).

Below, in her own words, is the response to one of this week’s questions from candidate Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury).

#1) How do you plan on voting on each of the three ballot questions?  Can you explain your rationale behind each vote? (Background: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele18/ballot_questions_18/ballot_questions18.htm)

Locking in on the ballot questions with a month to go is early. Especially given the amount of information that is coming out on a daily basis with regards to Question 1. But at the moment, I’m leaning towards no on all three.

Question 1: I’ve spoken to nurses on both sides of the issue. It’s incredible how back and forth the debate has been and will continue to be right down to the wire. Patient to nurse limits seems like something that should be worked out in collective bargaining and not through unfunded government mandates. A new report that came out this past week highlighting the potential costs associated with the passage of this question is alarming.

Question 2: The end game of the proposed commission appears to be unconstitutional. The commission that would be created with the passage of this question is seeking to limit 1st Amendment rights. When elected, I’m sworn to an oath to protect and support the Constitution. Anything that endangers that oath is a definite no from me.

Question 3: This particular law doesn’t include reasonable protections for the right to privacy and safety for women and children. Those protections were rejected by the legislature when the law was passed. I’d like to see those protections readdressed so everyone’s rights are covered within the law.

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3 thoughts

  1. “Leaning” towards a No vote on all three within 30 days of the election is not much conviction from a candidate that could be the next rep of the 19th district.
    But I can assure you on question 1, one
    Is either for patient care with nurse workload or cost and profit.
    Question 2 one is either for Citizen Unites and McCoucheon v FEC or against them.
    Their is nothing leaning about this candidate.
    She is in total support of the interests of big oil, big insurance, big pharma, big business and the top 1%.

  2. Candidates who want to speak out about questions should spend some time in some of the nursing homes out there. I am a frequent visitor to a nursing home to visit a friend and hearing that he at times(many) lays in his feces for 4 hours(not a typo)4 HOURS (unacceptable)!!! People need to be treated humanely. Below is a link to the federal budget and military spending. I think a candidate with a social conscience can find a way of where to get the funding by reading this web site. I believe doctors and surgeons are way over paid and many times for surgeries that are not needed. 1.5 million a year may be a little excessive when much of this money is coming from government programs.
    https://www.thebalance.com/u-s-federal-budget-breakdown-3305789
    Military spending was budgeted at $886 billion. The biggest expense is the Department of Defense base budget at $597.1 billion. Overseas Contingency Operations will cost $88.9 billion.

    Military spending also includes $181.3 billion for defense-related departments. These include Homeland Security, the State Department, and Veterans Affairs. These departments also receive emergency funding of $18.7 billion. That pays for the war on terror costs triggered by the 9/11 attacks. These include ongoing costs from the war in Iraq and the Afghanistan war.

    Congress approved a spending bill of $892.7 billion. It includes $616.9 billion for the DoD base budget, $69 billion for the OCO, and $21.9 billion for the National Nuclear Security Administration within the Department of Energy.

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