(A Marlborough City Councilor asks a question of a chair candidate. – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)

With tax increases being gifted to Republican candidates to run against in 2014, how can the State GOP elect a chair who, as an elected official, voted for budgets that raise taxes in her city?

As the member of the Marlborough City Council, I was elected at 26 and was the youngest Councilor in over 25 years. Since then, I’ve seen three budgets and made many tough funding decisions. I’ve taken many lumps for the decisions I’ve made as a Councilor, but I feel I’ve always fought against raising taxes.  

Ultimately, Marlborough is in great shape financially, in part because of my hard work to keep taxes and spending low. As a locally elected official, my city’s budgets depend greatly on the state budgets, which usually cut local aid while increasing spending, and leaving local officials to explain raising property taxes.

I was upset to learn about Kirsten Hughes’ record as Quincy City Councilor, as she has a record supporting tax increases for her city. In fact, as recently as last year, she supported a budget that increased taxes the maximum amount allowed by law without coming to a city-wide vote.

She supported a budget that raised taxes by 2.5%, which would raise taxes on the average home in Quincy by $110. How can she be the Chair of the MassGOP, when six months ago she supported these massive increases?

I fully understand taking tough votes and the backlash given to Republicans for making tough budget decisions. However, I also know where you can easily cut a budget to save taxpayers money. The city of Quincy is proposing a 20% increase in the city’s “celebration account”, to $90,000. This is to pay for “community events, including performances and holiday decorations.” As a City Councilor, that would be the first place I’d look to cut, not give a 20% increase!

Governor Deval Patrick has given every Republican running for office from state-wide to ward-wide a platform: lowering taxes. There has been a huge backlash from his billion dollar tax increase, and these proposals give every single Republican something to run on.

Can the MassGOP afford to have the face of its organization, its party chair, be someone who has a track record of supporting higher taxes and spending? It completely dismisses our main argument of fiscal responsibility.

Can you imagine John Walsh and Kirsten Hughes “On the Record” together, talking tax increases?

As a member of “the farm team” of the MassGOP, I need someone in the leadership position who supports lower taxes and cutting spending. We need someone who can grow the party from the grassroots level and help us fight for fiscal responsibility.

Matt Elder is a Marlborough City Councilor. Follow him at @CouncilorElder on Twitter

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  • Karl Marx

    any published news sources. Does the increase have anything to do with Proposition 2 1/2?  

  • I really don’t want to get down in the weeds here, and with all due respect, I have to wonder if this is an instance of the proverbial pot calling the kettle black at the very least?

    Matt Elder voted to increase taxes on Marlborough homeowners as recently as one month ago:

    December 17, 2012, Matt Elder Voted To Increase The Residential Tax Rate For Marlborough Homeowners By 1.47 Percent. (Marlborough City Council Website,, Pg. 2, Accessed 1/28/13)

    The Average Marlborough Homeowner Would See A Jump Of About $65 In Their Annual Tax Bill. “In terms of dollars and cents, the change would mean that the residential tax rate would be expected to go up from $14.80 on every $1,000 of property value to $15 on every $1,000 worth of value. That shift would mean that the owner of an average single-family home worth just over $300,000 would see a jump of about $65 in their annual tax bill.” (Kendall Hatch, “City Council Approves Tax Shift,” The MetroWest Daily News, 12/19/12)

  •    Ricky has 471 or so Facebook page followers. Who asked who to follow? Ricky invited me. I don’t follow people I don’t know, unless a good friend reccommends it. We do things for our friends.

      How much of a donation does the Marlboro RTC require for an endorsement?

      Three young people does not exactly mean a tsunami of young Republican support. If Ricky wins, I hope he hires them as promised. Eric and Phil are good people and tireless campigners. They will serve our party well. I worked with them on the Jon Golnik campaign.

      Speaking of Jon Golnik… Ricky claims Jon endorsed him. Ricky lied. Simple as that.

      If you’re going to lie to win, I don’t want to hear your lies any time afterward. Your credibility was lost on your first lie.

      Psst… Wanna buy some auto parts?

  • EvanMKenney

    We’ve missed the point, I think. Despite Mr. Elder’s inflammatory (but eye-catching) title, I think the point he makes is valid, and I haven’t really seen it get addressed yet.

    I’ve seen a straw-man argument that somehow made it back to Mr. Elder’s record, but nothing that answers the question. Why don’t we address the main  point of the post:

    How can we have a chair in a minority party that is supposed to represent a contrast to the virtual one-party rule, if our chair and the D’s chair have done the same thing with taxes?

    That is a real, and intelligent discussion. If the point is inaccurate or invalid, somebody correct Mr. Elder intelligently, instead of trying to dig dirt up on him.

  • Funnyman

    You guys can’t stop beating the hell out of each other.  Your eyes are off the prize of getting elected to positions of influence because you want to slap away at any newcomers.  

    This party got pummeled in the last election cycle.  Many current office holders decided to hand on the sidelines and some even supported the opposite party.  It looks like some of you like being in the minority most of the time so you can stomp and kick and scream all the time.

    You don’t see to many Dems beating up on John Walsh.  They can’t, it would be foolish.  Get your act together and start embracing your new leadership!