Save Our State of Massachusetts
While most ‘constituents’ busied themselves readying for the long Independence Day week-end, Mass legislators who were likely focused on the same, passed a $30.6 Billion budget (actual budget is over $50 Billion), with less than 24-hours to review it. The budget was released at 8PM on Thursday, and passed by noon on Friday. Apparently taking their lead from Nancy Pelosi, the vast majority felt “We must pass it to know what’s in it”. IF legislators even took the time to review the bill, they certainly allowed for no input from constituents.
Of the now 40 Republicans in the House, 38 voted for this budget with overwhelming support “despite the budget being the largest budget ever passed. Overwhelming support despite only having less than 24 hours to digest what was in the budget, … Overwhelming support despite the flawed numbers used for the medicaid “savings”. Overwhelming support despite the budget creating a new state agency that will employ 500 lawyers, all who need health care, and all who will get a pensions. All despite the Republican Party never offering an alternative budget during the proceedings.” by: Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno
ONLY Rep Lyons of Andover, and Rep Levy of Marlboro voted against this budget from the house, and exactly four State Senators voted against it, three of which were Democrats: Senator Donnelly (D), Senator Fargo (D), Senator Pacheco (D), and Senator Hedlund (R). Perhaps even more would have given enough time to study, or even read it, let alone hear from their constituents.
A rule change is clearly in order, and a week between the issuance of the Conference Committee Budget and the time when the House or Senate votes on something of this magnitude seems quite reasonable for a multitude of reasons, none the least of which is to allow for all, including constituents, to understand it. But if nothing else, people MUST become more aware of how business is being done on the hill with their hard earned money, in these uncertain times. Please try and inform those on both sides of the aisle!
Meanwhile, in the next state over, New Hampshire, DECREASED their budget, (down 11%) by more than twice the amount Mass INCREASED theirs, (up 5%). For some it’s just a short drive for no sales tax. For others it’s a great escape for all of the above reasons, including no income taxes. What is Mass doing to keep or grow its population, dependent as it is on taxes?
On a brighter note, also from Rob Eno of Redmassgroup, there are some heroes that walk among us:
There is one member of the House that gets the need for us to offer a clear alternative to the Democratic leadership. He’s often told me that given the choice between a Democrat and a Republican that votes with a Democrat Massachusetts voters will almost always choose the member of the majority party. He fundamentally understands that in order to become the majority party, we need to stand for something. This Thursday evening, that representative, Jim Lyons held a 2012 campaign kickoff cookout. Tom Duggan, of the Valley Patriot took a video of his speech. You can watch it below and see a vision for becoming the majority party in Massachusetts.
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