(Mass) Fiscal Watchdog or Rich Republican’s Club

Just recently Charlie Baker has come out of the closet as a Tax and Spend Liberal… Yet Mass Fiscal Alliance Executive Director Paul Craney posts a picture of himself having dinner with the Governor.

Mass Fiscal Watchdogs or Not

In a recent Op Ed Charlie Baker writes the following:

It’s a topic of eternal debate about government at all levels. Are we spending enough? Are we spending it on the right priorities? Are we taxing enough to pay for it? While these are important questions, our administration has been focused on answering another one. Is state government doing the best we can with the dollars we collect from our hardworking taxpayers?

Read Charlie Baker’s Op Ed here -> GOV. CHARLIE BAKER: Let’s judge government not by how much it spends, but how it’s spent

What is absent from the Governor’s Op Ed is the question “Are we spending too much?” or “Can we keep spending flat?”

The Governor’s budget went up by approximately $1B and gateway cities are facing budget crises.

The Governor ends the Op Ed with this:

Let’s consider a new way of measuring success. Instead of simply adding up how much money state government spends, let’s measure how well government delivers on its stated objectives for the dollars it collects from taxpayers. That would be far more aspirational than simply spending a whole lot more of someone else’s money to reward and perpetuate the same old same old.

While I agree with the Governor’s final statement of his Op Ed, he failed to show any type of fiscal constraint in his budget. Are we supposed to be happy that the budget only increased by $1B, instead of the usual $2B trajectory it had under Deval Patrick? When the country has seen a decrease in working people,  actual tax payers, one has to ask when is this insanity going to stop?

Spending & Revenue by Year
Fiscal 2013 Fiscal 2014 Fiscal 2015 Fiscal 2016
Spending ($B) $32.342 $34.267 $36.938 $38.062
% Growth 4.4% 6.0% 7.8% 3.0% *
Tax Revenue ($B) $22.123 $23.370 $24.307 $25.479
% Growth 4.8% 5.6% 4.0% 4.8%

 

The democrats have repeatedly accused Mass Fiscal of being a partisan group and having dinner with a governor who shows zero fiscal restraint does little to prove them wrong.

About rockinrandall

  • I voted for Mark Fisher for Governor because Charlie Baker endorsed the Community Plundering Act Tax surcharge, donated to pro-override groups and presided over 16% cumulative spending growth during his three-year term as a Swampscott selectman from 2004 to 2007.
    http://www.massresistance.org/docs/gen2/14c/mass-gop-statewide-2014/charlie-baker/index.html

    • I would suspect there were a few more reasons why you supported Fisher over Baker:

      CHAMPION AGAINST Illegal Immigration: Fisher YES, Baker NO
      CHAMPION FOR Veterans’ First: Fisher YES, Baker NO
      Signed No New Tax Pledge: Fisher YES, Baker NO
      CHAMPION AGAINST Common Core: Fisher YES, Baker NO
      CHAMPION To Protect the Unborn Fisher YES, Baker NO

      The list goes on and on and on….

      • right wing

        great list
        what you failed to mention was his
        total lack of support for republicans.

        he was generous towards his own campaign
        but help republicans either financially or with any task was shockingly lacking.

        by all means continue with your hero worshiping.

        • Even if you exclude Mark’s contributions to his own campaign, Mark Fisher still donated more money than MARA President Mary Lou Daxland & her husband Karl, combined.

          Furthermore, Mark spoke at yesterday’s protest against Planned Parenthood. Meanwhile, Charlie Baker supports using taxpayer money to fund birth control.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vR6_sQ8r9xI&feature=youtu.be

          • Josh, how is Mary Lou and Karl even relevant to this conversation? Mark Fisher had $400,000 to donate to his campaign compared to a retired couple? really?

            That said, I see Mark Fisher gave one donation to Brad Wyatt in 2013 for $500. The Daxlands’ gave over $1,000 to various candidates and causes.

            So your statement is wrong, in fact the exact opposite is true.

          • Paul, Mark has donated over $1300 to state rep candidates and PAC, but $700 of those donations recorded Mark’s business address rather than his home address.

            If you go to the OCPF and enter Fisher, Mark and select Auburn, you will see an additional $700 in donations ($500 to Brad Wyatt, $200 to Karen Anderson). For some reason, the campaign treasurers’ made a mistake in putting down where Mark worked (Auburn), rather than his residence (Shrewsbury). I reached out to the candidates to have their treasurers correct this issue.

            He also donated at least $750 to the RNC in 2013.
            http://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/fecimg/?14960587197

            Mark also spoke at the GBTP in October 2014 about Question 3 and made a cash donation of at least $55 to the GBTP. Mark also attended the 2015 Worcester rally against the abortion mill operator Planned Parenthood and spoke as a special speaker at the 2016 Worcester rally.

  • Ted Dooley

    Ever lifted a finger to help Republicans in Massachusetts: Baker YES, Fisher NEVER. And still hasn’t.

    If the guy actually wanted to be productive or cared about the issues, he would’ve shown it before waking up one morning and deciding to run for Governor.

    • Jim Gettens

      Yeah, Ted, like 23-year-old political hacks and hangers-on such as you are actually productive, and the only people in society who care about, and are knowledgeable about, the “issues.” Who appointed you and your ilk as ‘Gatekeepers of the Issues?’ As I said previously: you are a MassGOP Establishment Lemming.

      What happened, genius, is that Mark Fisher, after decades of actually working and producing for a living–owning and running a manufacturing business, putting and risking his capital on the line, creating jobs, creating opportunities, manufacturing real products people can use (unlike your political BULLSHIT), and generating tax revenue in the “dreaded private sector” only to have it wasted by Bacon Hill Hacks, and then being taxed some more, fee’d, and regulated to death by wasteful, lazy, ignorant, intrusive, and corrupt Massachusetts politicians and bureaucrats of both parties (the parasites you hang out with and depend on)–decided that he’d had enough and ran for Governor, expending his precious time, energies, and capital in defense of free-market capitalism and traditional values, concepts that are alien to Budget-Busting Crony Capitalists, Planned Parenthood Enablers, Highway Rest Area Commando-Supporters, and Women’s Bathroom Aficicianados like your incompetent, ineffectual, gutless idol, Charles D. Baker, Jr.

      By the way, unlike Baker, who, as the crony capitalist CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, donated to multiple crooked Massachusetts Democrat Hacks to serve his own ends, Fisher never did. Hypocrite and groveling Establishment opportunist that you are, you wrote a published letter condemning political donations Marty Lamb made in the past, but not the myriad donations to crooked Democrats made by Charles D. Baker, Jr. and his Democrat family.

      • Jim I have personally (at 25, not 23 – you really need to learn what Google is) done more for the Republican Party in my years then you will ever do. I’ve personally raised more money than your entire campaign for State Rep combined with your entire federal and state donor history combined for the good of our party. I would encourage you to learn a thing or two about facts before you criticize someone because otherwise you just look like an ass.

        Mark Fisher has never been a political activist. His donor history only includes $621.00 to anyone NOT himself, and the entirety of that was during/after his campaign for governor (To Brad Wyatt and MARA). He had and to this day has not helped Republicans or conservatives in Massachusetts with his time, energy, or money. He has done nothing for people like you or I Jim. It’s unfortunate you continue to ignore the blatant facts and let your opinion, however disproven and false it is, cloud your judgement.

        And yes, I wrote that op-ed saying that a Republican candidate for a Party office has donated to several democrats in the past. Case closed. Charlie Baker is the Governor, not a State Committee member.

        Also, Jim, another thing Google could have told you. I don’t work in politics professionally, i don’t work for political campaigns or committees on a full time basis. Google is helpful. You should try it.

        Google.

        • Jim Gettens

          Ooh, you’re all of 25–so experienced and knowledgeable about the ways of the world–EXCUUUUSE ME!

          I care about “Republican Principles,” not about the modern-day, dysfunctional, sell-out Republican Party, which needs a MAJOR OVERHAUL. Apparently you missed Peggy Noonan’s column in ‘The Wall Street Journal,’ April 23, 2016. She’s forgotten more about politics, government, and society than you’ll ever absorb.

          I’m not interested in raising money or contributing to Faux ‘Republicans’ like your idol, Charles D. Baker, Jr., who is about as useful to the real Republican Cause as tits on a boar.

          Ted, if it makes you feel useful and important, just keep doing what you have been–staying inside the self-serving, incompetent, sell-out, cowardly, hypocritical, crooked, fraudulent/Convention-rigging MassGOP Bubble and kowtowing to such arrogant fakes as Jennifer “The Bitch” Nassour, Kirsten “Mouseketeer” Hughes, Charles D. “Bathroom Bill” Baker, Jr., Richard “100% NARAL Rating” Tisei, Ron “Chocolate Pants” Kaufman, William “Am I Sober Yet?” Weld, Karyn “Stanley Rosenberg Nuptials” Polito, Brad “The Toad” Jones, and the rest of the MassGOP hit parade.

          You personify the saying: “Someone Who Stands For Everything Stands For Nothing.”

          I know where you work–“Purple Solutions-New England”–where you can sell out and blow smoke for operatives of BOTH political parties. That really enhances your credibility among true Conservatives.

          I’m proud to have supported upright, conscientious, principled, hard-working, pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, real capitalist, Mark Fisher for Governor. Everything I predicted about our current Invertebrate Governor, Charles D. Baker, Jr., your idol, he has borne
          out. The fact that you continue groveling for Baker tells us pretty much all we need to know about your level of discernment and lack of principle.

        • Mark Fisher has made more than $621 in donations to other candidates.

          If you go to the OCPF and enter Fisher, Mark and select Auburn, you will see an additional $700 in donations ($500 to Brad Wyatt, $200 to Karen Anderson). For some reason, the campaign treasurers’ made a mistake in putting down where Mark worked (Auburn), rather than his residence (Shrewsbury).

          He also donated at least $750 to the RNC in 2013.
          http://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/fecimg/?14960587197

          Mark also spoke at the GBTP in October 2014 about Question 3 and made a cash donation of at least $55 to the GBTP. Mark also attended the 2015 Worcester rally against the abortion mill operator Planned Parenthood and spoke as a special speaker at the 2016 Worcester rally.

          • Ted Dooley

            It’s an OCPF violation not to amend reports like that.. he should probably get on that. n/t.

          • Mark is not responsible for the other campaign treasurers transcribing his business address instead of his home address.

            But, to ensure the elimination of all typos and to minimize the technocratic tinkering of this issue, I reached out to the candidates in question to give them a heads up.

    • What Mark Fisher was doing in 2005 while Charlie Baker was working for Prop 2-1/2 overrides, bigger town budgets and the Community Plundering Act tax surcharge:
      https://twitter.com/Timyllus/status/471783264307646467

      • So Mark Fisher was being a good father to his daughter. Good for him. This has nothing to do with him helping the conservative cause or Republican party. Which he had and has not lifted a finger for, ever.

        • What Mark Fisher was doing over the weekend when Charlie Baker was caving in on the Transgender Bathroom Bill.
          http://youtu.be/vR6_sQ8r9xI

        • Jim Gettens

          EJ, stop equating Conservatism with the MassGOP. The MassGOP perverts and subverts Conservatism, as does your history of commenting and letter-writing.