DeLeo Gives Progressives the Go-Ahead on Increasing Taxes

(BOSTON)— House Speaker Bob DeLeo is talking taxes, a scant two weeks after he led the charge on fat pay raises and just a few years after eliminating term limits for his highly compensated chair on the rostrum.

According to yesterday's Boston Herald, DeLeo's encouraging progressive legislators to go for taxpayer gold, saying, “I think it’s only fair to give people the proper ability to raise the concerns about the budget (including) for those who wish to talk about increased taxes.... I think that’s only right and proper in this case, in this fiscal year.”

Paul Craney, executive director of MassFiscal, slammed DeLeo's tactic. "The last thing the Massachusetts economy needs is a bigger tax burden, but DeLeo's commitment to big government never wavers.”

Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance advocates for fiscal responsibility, transparency, and accountability in state government and increased economic opportunity for the people of our Commonwealth.

 

 

 


2 Years Ago

Outrageous pay raises for politicians passed with little discussion and tied to an emergency preamble so they can pocket the cash as quick as possible. A rushed rules debate that resulting in meaningless reform, and less transparency. Two months in, and 2017 looks like monkey business as usual on Beacon Hill. 

And yet, thanks to your help, we've had victories for better, more efficient government. Two years ago, this month, the misguided and antiquated Pacheco Law hampered progress at the MBTA. The Pacheco Law, you might remember, is the toughest anti-privatization law in the country. It caused years of missed opportunities, inflated costs, and mismanagement. The result? Record level snow resulted in an epic failure at the MBTA. 

Silly antics from the head of the MBTA union almost derailed reform, but though an outpouring of advocacy from riders, taxpayers, and reform minded elected officials, the union boss's antics were ignored. 

With the first major storm since the winter of 2015 behind us and another on its way, the MassFiscal team joins the chorus of kudos for the MBTA's performance. MassFiscal is proud of the role we played in ensuring important reforms were passed and enacted. Today, we have better, more reliable public transportation because of those reforms.


Press Release: House Lawmakers Say Yes to Pay Hikes, Selfies Likely Next Meaningful Rules Reform Still Pending

(BOSTON)—Today, the House voted to override the Governor’s veto on a fat pay raise package for lawmakers, members of the judiciary, and other politicians. The Senate is expected to override the Governor’s veto as well.

The big winners in the pay package are the House Speaker Robert DeLeo and most likely Senate President Stan Rosenberg, each of whom will receive a 50 percent raise. The bill includes an emergency preamble to ensure the cash hits bank accounts as soon as possible.

Lawmakers are also taking up votes on the rules for conducting the upcoming two-year legislative session. While members submitted a number of simple reforms to increase accountability, House leadership is expected to put forward rules which allow lawmakers to take selfies freely in the House chamber. The public, however, remain prohibited from taking pictures.

"It's a shame that legislative leaders like Rosenberg and DeLeo don’t share the same enthusiasm for reforming the rules as they do for pay raises and personal enrichment,” Paul Craney, executive director of MassFiscal, said, “The national political scene provides cover on Beacon Hill. The public's attention is focused elsewhere, and these practiced politicians want you to think they have your back but instead they have a knife in your back."

Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance advocates for fiscal responsibility, transparency, and accountability in state government and increased economic opportunity for the people of our Commonwealth.

 House Roll Call vote

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Senate Roll Call Vote

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