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Majority Party Talks About Reform, But Doesn’t Act

BOSTON-House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. released the following statement after the Democratically-controlled House overwhelmingly rejected an effort to suspend the state’s prevailing wage during projects funded by federals stimulus money. Today, my colleagues and I laid out a cost savings measure that would have allowed the state of Massachusetts to get more bang for its buck as the…

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Budget Continues to Grow, Revenues Not So Much!

( – promoted by garrett3000) The House Ways and Means budget continues to expand today. In fact, nearly $400 million has already been added to the FY10 budget this week alone. However, the Majority Party is using new taxes to justify the increased spending. As you know, on Monday night, the House overwhelmingly approved an increase to the sales tax,…

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Republicans Offer Real Reform, Democrats Reject It

( – promoted by EaBo Clipper) Republican lawmakers today offered an amendment that would have saved the Commonwealth upwards of $160 million annually or just over $1 billion over five years. Apparently the majority of Democrats are not interested however, in accomplishing real reform this budget season, since the amendment was overwhelmingly rejected. On the first night of budget debates,…

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Budget Season Round Four: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Since the economic downturn began, millions of Americans have lost their jobs. Last month in Massachusetts alone, employers slashed more than 20,000 jobs. That statistic is daunting and yet a Democrat on Beacon Hill has filed an amendment that would lead to the loss of even more jobs in the struggling manufacturing industry. Representative Peter Kocot of Northampton has proposed…

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Budget Season: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Latest post from www.thecapitolviewlive.com.  Now cross-posting on RMG… As you know, budget season is upon us and as we dive into the process, we are very quickly finding amendments filled with pet projects, pork and outrageous tax increase proposals. Over the next week or so, we will be highlighting various amendments we disagree with and explain alternative options we have…

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