Author Archives: AmberPaw

To: Both senators & the congressional delegation: RX for economic recovery

Here is a non-exhaustive but personal wish list for what I think would revive the economy and enhance economic recovery: 1.  Restoring emergency unemployment extensions; they don’t buy, we self employed types don’t eat.  Wonderful song about this 2.  Taking a look at serious “job protection against outsourcing” (destroying jobs should cost the firms who outsource big time) as well…

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The Great Massachusetts Giveaway – the “Tax Expenditure Budget”

Now what if instead of making a bad bet on Casinos, the legislature actually cut back on giveaways?   Did you know 50% of potential state revenue is lost due to “giveaways, tax breaks for corporations, and grandfathered incentives”?  Cleaning that up has real potential.  The so-called “Tax Expenditure Budget”,  posted on the Department of Revenue’s Website has some real…

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Why DO they run for office, anyway?

1.  I need a job (not true for Smulowitz, who was already employed as a physician- or Richard Ross, who has a solid funeral home business); some say that was true of Harry Truman; if so, he was not alone. 2.  A passion for governance, and desire to make a difference. 3.  Family tradition; some families seem to field one…

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Thoughts from Gettysburg

As some may know, I am in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania this weekend.  Our family has been members and supporters of the Friends of the National Park at Gettysburg, including volunteering with our kids on park maintenance for some years now.  Twice each year, there is an annual “muster” where licensed battlefield guides do staff walks and present research.  Fascinating stuff.  …

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