MassFiscal Scorecard Update: 14 New Votes!

(Nice they scored the convention center debacle – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)

From all of us at MassFiscal, we hope you and your families enjoyed Independence Day! We think it’s very much in keeping with the spirit of the Fourth of July to provide an update — with 14 new votes! — to our scorecard, as part of our continuing efforts to provide the citizens of the Commonwealth with independent information about what our elected officials are doing on Beacon Hill. Without further ado…

HOUSE (5 Votes)


1. Boston Convention Center Expansion (House) (RC #380): This vote was on final passage of a bill to authorize $1.1 billion in borrowing for the expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. MassFiscal would have voted NO. The bill passed 131-19 (D: 121-0; R: 10-19).

2. Closing Union Donation Loophole (RC #402): This amendment sought to close the loophole under which unions are allowed to donate $15,000 to a single candidate in a given year. MassFiscal would have voted YES. The amendment failed 29-120 (D: 0-120; R: 29-0).

3. An Act Pertaining to Campaign Finance Disclosure (RC #403): This bill is designed to change the rules regarding disclosure of information by SuperPACs, nonprofits, and other entities about election communications and independent expenditures, among other purposes. MassFiscal would have voted NO. The bill passed 145-4 (D: 120-0; R: 25-4).

4. Allowing Extra Time to Read the Budget (RC #410): This would have allowed House lawmakers an additional 48 hours to review the conference committee report on the FY2015 budget. Legislators had less than 24 hours to read the final document. MassFiscal would have voted YES. The motion failed 28-123 (D: 0-123; R: 28-0).

5. Final Passage of FY2015 Budget (Conference Report – House) (RC #411): This vote was taken in the House on final passage of the conference committee’s report on FY2015 budget. MassFiscal would have voted NO. The bill passed 144-7 (D: 123-0; R: 21-7).

The Senate votes follow after the jump…

SENATE (9 Votes)

1. Boston Convention Center Expansion (Senate Vote) (RC #360) This vote was on final passage of a bill to authorize $1.1 billion in borrowing for the expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. MassFiscal would have voted NO. The bill passed 31-6 (D: 31-2; R 0-4).

2. Demanding Obamacare Waiver (RC #368) This amendment sought to require that Massachusetts seek a full waiver from Obamacare as provided for under the law. MassFiscal would have voted YES. The amendment failed 8-28 (D: 4-28; R 4-0).

3. Reporting on Transport of Immigrant Detainees (RC #369) This amendment sought to order an accounting of the costs associated with the transportation into Massachusetts of immigrants detained for various crimes and violations. MassFiscal would have voted YES. The amendment failed 9-29 (D: 5-23; R 4-0).

4. Require Business Plans for Large IT Projects (RC #374) This amendment would have specified the requirements for written plans to be filed whenever the state engages in large-scale information technology projects. MassFiscal would have voted YES. The amendment failed 7-31 (D: 3-31; R 4-0).

5. Study Costs Associated With PARCC (RC #375) This amendment would have required that the state notify local school districts of the costs associated with administering the new standardized PARCC test. MassFiscal would have voted YES. The amendment failed 16-22 (D: 12-22; R 4-0).

6. Temporary Sales Tax Holiday (RC #383) This amendment seeks to create a two-day period in August during which sales taxes are not collected. MassFiscal would have voted YES. The amendment passed 31-8 (D: 28-7; R 3-1).

7. Exemption from Minimum Corporate Taxes (RC #384) This amendment sought to remove the minimum corporate income taxes for certain businesses. Currently, a business owes at least $456 no matter what it would owe under the standard rate calculation. MassFiscal would have voted YES. The amendment failed 9-29 (D: 5-29; R 4-0).

8. Restrictions on Use of Non-Compete Agreements (RC #386) This amendment sought to limit the use of non-compete agreements in employment contracts. MassFiscal would have voted NO. The amendment passed 32-7 (D: 32-3; R 0-4).

9. Final Passage of Stimulus Package (Senate) (RC #389) This vote was on final passage of the Senate’s version of a so-called economic stimulus package. MassFiscal would have voted NO. The bill passed 37-1 (D: 34-0; R 3-1).

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