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At the beginning of the summer, Governor Baker worked strenuously to close the gap in Massachusetts' FY 2016 budget. The Governor was able to put our state's finances on a sustainable track by keeping taxes level, cutting a $1.8 billion dollar deficit, and ultimately balancing the state's budget.
Unsurprisingly, the state legislature was not entirely on board with the Governor’s agenda, and proceeded to undo many of the Governor's changes by casting over nearly one hundred votes to override his reductions.
Below you will find a comprehensive overview of the vetoes to the state budget, coupled with how each legislator voted. Overall, there were ninety votes taken by the Senate and ninety-four votes taken by the House. The percentage next to each name indicates how many votes the particular legislator took that were in line with the fiscally responsible budget set out by the Governor.
We hope you will use this knowledge to contact your lawmaker and urge them to support Governor Baker’s budget going forward. The best number to call is (617) 722-2000.
MassFiscal says closing the union loophole is a top priority for fairness advocates as Court Begins Hearing on 1A Auto v Sullivan
(BOSTON)—Today, hearings began at Suffolk Superior Court in the lawsuit filed by businesses owned by MassFiscal board members Rick Green and Mike Kane to close the so-called union loophole in Massachusetts campaign finance law.
The loophole bans political contributions from businesses while allowing unions to contribute up to $15,000 to a single candidate. Unions, under current law, may also contribute via Political Action Committees, while PACs supported by businesses are prohibited. Individuals are permitted to donate up to $1,000 to a single candidate.
Massachusetts is one of only six states with campaign finance laws that advantage unions.
Executive director of MassFiscal Paul D. Craney said, “Campaign finance law boils down to freedom of speech. It’s just not fair to tell businesses they can’t participate, while unions and special interest groups pour money into campaigns. We need to level the playing field in Massachusetts politics.”
“Closing the union loophole must be the number one priority for advocates of fairness,” concluded Craney.
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Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 12:00 AM
Some of Our Past Events in 2015 Include:
-Reception with Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
-Reception with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
-Reception with Carly Fiorina, former CEO and Chairman of HP.
Some of Our Past Events in 2014 Include:
-Panel discussion with Baruch Feigenbaum, of the Reason Foundation and State Representative Geoff Diehl.
-AFF + IHS networking event in Boston.
-Forum at the Joseph Martin Institute for Law & Society at Stonehill College.
-Lunch reception with the Honorable Kelly Ayotte, United State Senator of New Hampshire.
-Reception with Tom Woods, author.
-Panel discussion with Michael Saltsman, research director at the Employment Policy Institute and State Representatives Jim Lyons and Lenny Mirra.
Some of Our Past Events in 2013 Include:
-Citizen watchdog training & panel discussion on the repeal of the tech tax.
-Professor Casey Mulligan discussion of his book, "The Redistribution Recession: How Labor Market Distortions Contracted the Economy."
-Panel discussion with Michael Tanner, senior fellow from the Cato Institute and State Representative Shaunna O'Connell.
-Lunch reception with George Donnelly, editor of the Boston Business Journal.
-Reception with Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review.
-Lunch reception with State Senator Bruce Tarr.
-Reception with Jeff Kuhner, WRKO & columnist for the Washington Times.
-Breakfast reception with Dave Andelman, CEO of Phantom Gourmet.
Some of Our Past Events in 2012 Include:
-Lunch reception with David Frum, former White House Advisor, Wall Street Journal editorial page editor & columnist for Forbes.
-Reception with the Honorable Trey Grayson, head of Harvard's Institute of Politics and former Secretary of State of Kentucky.
-Reception with the Honorable Karyn Polito, former State Representative.