Maybe Danielle Gregoire Just Doesn’t Understand How the Legislature Works

You know, I’m actually starting to feel bad for State Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough).  Perhaps she just doesn’t understand how the legislature works.  Because yesterday, after showing the political world how  Representative Gregoire voted on Matt Beaton’s (R-Shrewsbury) amendment to take the tech tax out of the transportation bill, she took to Twitter, after a seven month hiatus, to adamantly deny she ever voted for it.

For your benefit, Representative Gregoire, we are going to go through this again slowly, but first you might want to watch this helpful educational video from the good folks at Disney’s School House Rock.

During the budget debate, your colleague Matthew Beaton, with whom you share representation of Westborough, filed an amendment to the Transportation Finance bill to remove the Tech Tax from it.

Amendment #45 to H.3382

Strikes Software Service Tax

Representatives Beaton of Shrewsbury, Jones of North Reading, Peterson of Grafton, Hill of Ipswich, Poirier of North Attleborough and deMacedo of Plymouth move that the bill be amended by striking SECTION 23 and SECTION 24.

more after the jump

A yes vote on that amendment would have taken the Tech Tax out of the bill.  On April 8, 2013 a roll call was recorded on that vote. 54 of your fellow representatives, 28 Republicans (Viera had a family emergency), and 26 of your fellow Democrats voted for taking the tech tax out of the bill.  You voted no.  

This is not parliamentary minutiae.  It’s a straight up or done vote on an amendment to kill the tech tax, and you were on the wrong side.  Now you may still not believe me Representative, so I made it really easy.  Here’s a copy of the roll call.  I made it nice and easy and highlighted your vote.

You voted against taking the tech tax out of the bill.  It is generally accepted practice that this means you voted for the tech tax.  I mean you may not think so, but it doesn’t make you right.  It just makes you ignorant, and for that instead of scorn perhaps you just deserve pity.

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