Thursday, March 7, 2013

Top MA Lawmaker predicts Collateral damage from Dem Gov Patrick tax hike

Is out of control one party Democrat Liberal self rule in Mass the new model for Obama'a America? California, DC, Detroit, Chicago going down in flames. Look for other Blue states to follow suit.  Good read from Mass GOP below on topic.

For Immediate Release
March 7, 2013
Tim Buckley
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Top Lawmaker Predicts "Collateral Damage" From Patrick's Tax Hikes

Boston- House Speaker Robert DeLeo today warned of “collateral damage” to jobs and the economy should Governor Deval Patrick's proposal for the largest tax hike in state history become law.

"Republicans in the State House sounded the alarm because Patrick's tax hikes hit students, families and homeowners the hardest, and it’s clear Democratic legislators who will face re-election are unwilling to put their necks on the line for a lame-duck governor,” said Kirsten Hughes MassGOP Chairman. "If Governor Patrick wants to leave a legacy, he should clean up messes like welfare abuse and the crime lab scandal, not create more by raising taxes and further damaging the economy."

By Matt Murphy

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MARCH 7, 2013….House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Thursday morning plans to tell business leaders that the House is committed to finding new revenue to support transportation needs, but will call for a revenue package “of a significantly smaller size” than the proposal offered by Gov. Deval Patrick.

With MBTA officials warning of another round of fare increases without additional funding, DeLeo’s comments are not unexpected given the Speaker’s previous promises to address a transportation financing fix early in the session, and concerns raised in recent weeks by legislative leaders about the scope of the governor’s budget.

DeLeo will deliver his speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on Thursday at a breakfast hosted at the Park Plaza hotel in Boston. He will also highlight his desire to use gambling license revenue for a new initiative to link community college programs with the needs of employers in the science, technology and engineering fields.

Warning of “collateral damage” if lawmakers reach for too much revenue through taxes, DeLeo plans to say the House will develop a “well thought-out and fair new source of revenue to help fund a transportation system,” according to a copy of DeLeo’s prepared remarks obtained by the News Service. That revenue stream, according to DeLeo, will be “one that is commensurate with job creation, job retention and economic growth.”


“I'm worried that the administration’s proposal places too heavy a burden on working families and businesses struggling to survive. We want to minimize the pressure on Massachusetts citizens as we find ways to meet our goals. If we are to pass a new revenue package, I believe it should be far more narrow in scope and of a significantly smaller size,” DeLeo plans to say.


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