Isaiah Breakfast Program with Rep. Jay Kaufman  

Isaiah Breakfast Program with Rep. Jay Kaufman

Sunday, March 5, 2017 9:15 AM   -   10:45 AM
Location: Social Hall

Please join us to hear our very own Temple Isaiah member and State Representative Jay Kaufman tell us about what is going on in the State House, and specifically how it relates to our community and region. Jay Kaufman has served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives (D-Lexington) since January 1995 and is now in his fourth term chairing the legislature’s Committee on Revenue. He had, for two terms before this, chaired the Committee on Public Service and led the effort to develop and pass major pension reform initiatives. Jay led the fight to pass and implement the state’s campaign finance reform law, and has chaired special task forces on medical records privacy, the social and ethical implications of genetic technology, alternatives to property taxes to fund public schools, the closing of tax loopholes, and encouragement of greater tax fairness. During his freshman term, he broke a six-year logjam to win passage of the Rivers Act, a major environmental protection bill. He has sponsored legislation aimed at tax fairness, including the Property Tax Circuit Breaker, and has consistently secured major budget increases for METCO, the state’s premier racial desegregation program. Currently, Jay is leading the effort to institute major revenue tax reform, and is the lead sponsor of The Act for Healthy Families & Businesses, a bill that would encourage the substitution of safe alternatives to commonly-used toxic chemicals.

Representative Jay Kaufman's monthly “Open House” public policy forum, now in its twentieth season, has been recognized with the prestigious Beacon Award as the nation’s best televised government relations series. In addition to his legislative duties, Jay is the founding director of New Leadership Collaborative, newly-created to offer leadership development workshops and coaching for those in - and aspiring to - leadership in our public life. He has worked with legislators from across the country, a Governor’s cabinet and staff, the leadership team of a public school district, leaders and officials in county & municipal government, classes of promising leaders from minority communities, and groups of community leaders from local governments, churches, universities, civic groups, and state agencies. Jay also serves on the faculty of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) leadership programs for lawmakers and legislative staff in the US and abroad.

Talks in this series are sponsored by Brotherhood and include a delicious buffet breakfast of assorted bagels, smoked salmon, pickled herring, whitefish salad, tabbouleh, desserts and more. Breakfast begins at 9:15 a.m. The presentation runs from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and is usually followed by a question and answer session. Admission is $10; free to Brotherhood members. For further information, please email brotherhood@templeisaiah.net.