Yesterday, Jim Lyons (R-Andover) and Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica) outlined seven major reasons they voted against the DeLeo-Jones FY15 Budget. They were two of seven representatives that did so.
Later in the afternoon the Senate took up the budget bill. Senator Bob Hedlund (R-Weymouth) was the only Senator to vote against the out of control spending legislation. Voting for the legislation were Richard Ross, Bruce Tarr, and Don Humason.
Ross even told the Globe yesterday:
“It does raise spending, but what I liked is it doesn’t rely on new taxes or fees to do it,” said Senator Richard J. Ross, Republican of Wrentham, who was on the committee that hammered out the compromise between the two chambers. “I think it’s a responsible budget.”
It is not only about taxes. Unfortunately right of center groups in Massachusetts have conditioned our representatives and senators to think that way. It’s the spending. The spending leads to the taxes. This year the budget it built upon the tax increases of the past six years.
The only way we change how our representatives and senators vote on issues that matter to us is by stopping our support until they vote our way. This may or may not be the vote that gets you to do that. But if it is, let them know.