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Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance launched several online web ads during National Sunshine Week to help promote transparency in state government. Watch our videos, that call on several lawmakers to embrace a more transparent state government.
Baker’s plan does well in balancing priorities, maintaining fiscal responsibility
Boston, MA: The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to promoting better government and right-of-center fiscal and economic policy solutions, today expressed support for the budget plan released by the Baker Administration for fiscal year 2016.
“Governor Baker’s FY ’16 budget represents a welcome and continued break from our state’s recent economic policies, particularly since it does not seek to raise taxes,” said Paul Craney, the group’s executive director. “It’s now up to the legislature to ensure that these much-needed reforms don’t get derailed by politics as usual.”
1A Auto v. Sullivan (Political Contribution Ban)
The laws of six states prohibit businesses—but not unions or other groups—from contributing to political parties, committees, or candidates. This uneven playing field violates state and federal constitutional guarantees of equal protection, free speech, and free association.
On February 24th, two Massachusetts companies, in coordination with the nationally recognized Goldwater Institute, filed a bold lawsuit seeking to close the “union loophole” in Massachusetts campaign finance law, and both plaintiffs in the lawsuit have connections to the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance. 1A Auto Inc., a family-owned auto parts retailer in Pepperell, is run by Rick Green, who is also the chairman of Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance's board of directors. Mike Kane, whose Ashland business, 126 Self Storage Inc., is also part of the suit, serves on Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance's board as well.
Massachusetts’ campaign contribution restrictions are tilted heavily in favor of unions and against businesses. Since 1908, businesses have faced a total contribution ban to state candidates. The “union loophole” originated by special rules implemented outside the normal legislative process in 1988. These special rules allow unions to contribute as much as $15,000 to state candidates, while individuals are permitted to contribute up to $1,000. After unions have donated $15,000 to a campaign, their political actions committees (PACs) can continue to contribute up to the ordinary limits. Meanwhile, business PACs are banned from contributing.
The Goldwater Institute's summary of the case may be found here.
1A Auto, Inc., a family-owned auto parts retailer in Pepperell, Mass. It started selling auto parts in 1999 and employs 217 people.
126 Self Storage, Inc., a small self-storage facility in Ashland, Mass. In business since 1999, it employs four people.
Michael Sullivan, Director, Office of Campaign and Political Finance
Massachusetts Superior Court
The businesses are asking the Massachusetts courts to declare the uneven contribution ban unconstitutional and enjoin its enforcement.
February 24, 2015
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Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance Chairman Rick Green will speak as part of an event hosted by the Wellesley Republican Town Committee, with his remarks focusing on the lawsuit launched by his company, 1A Auto, and another company owned by Mike Kane, a board member of Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance. The lawsuit is seeking to overturn the Commonwealth's unfair campaign finance loophole that allows $15,000 union donations while limiting individuals to $1,000 and prohibiting corporate donations entirely. For more information about this event, please email us by clicking here.
Rick will also discuss why he founded the organization, and why its important to get involved in state politics and public policy.
Please join the leadership and Advisory Committee members of Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance for a reception with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Governor Walker will be our special guest speaker on Monday, April 27th at 1:30pm for a private reception. The reception will take place at the Union Club located in Boston. To RSVP, please see the instructions and suggested contribution amount below. Contributing this amount also entitles you to membership of the Advisory Committee, which includes invitations to attend all our events throughout the year, free of charge. If you are a member of the Advisory Committee and would like to RSVP or if you have any questions about this event, please contact Paul Craney by clicking here.
You must RSVP in advance of this event; tickets will not be available at the door. To make a secure donation in another amount, please click here.
ABOUT GOV. SCOTT WALKER
On January 3, 2011, Scott Walker was inaugurated as Wisconsin’s 45th Governor.
Since that day, he has proposed bold reforms that have eliminated the state’s $3.6 billion budget deficit without raising taxes and gave school districts and local governments the tools to balance their budgets without the massive layoffs seen in other states. To date, these profound changes have saved Wisconsin taxpayers some $3 billion.
Governor Walker has also cut taxes by $2 billion for individuals, families, farmers, seniors, and small businesses since taking office. In fact, after skyrocketing by 27 percent in the decade before Governor Walker took office, property taxes on a median-valued home will actually be lower in 2014 than they were in 2010.
Governor Walker set an aggressive goal to help Wisconsin’s private sector create 250,000 jobs and he stands by it. We’re not there yet, but we’re on our way. After years of record job loss, Wisconsin has created over 100,000 jobs during the Walker administration.
Governor Walker's number one priority is helping the people of this state create jobs. He will keep that focus so that everyone who wants a job, can find a job.
On June 5, 2012, Scott Walker became the first governor in American history to win a recall election. He won the election with more votes and by a higher percentage than he had won in 2010. Since then, he has continued to push bold reforms that keep power in the hands of the hard working taxpayers of Wisconsin.
Scott is married to Tonette and they have two sons in college – Matt and Alex. They are active members of their church in Wauwatosa and remain involved with numerous charitable programs.
(Text copied from ScottWalker.com)