Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance calls on Brian Joyce to resign his Senate seat in light of ongoing scandal

Today, Executive Director of MassFiscal Paul Craney called on Senator Brian Joyce of Milton to resign his Senate seat in light of a growing scandal surrounding his professional conduct.

“Brian Joyce clearly lacks a moral compass. He has used his Senate office for personal financial gain. No amount of dry cleaning will remove this stain, ” Craney said. “This kind of corruption is intolerable.”

Today’s Boston Globe highlights Joyce’s pressured abuse of a local dry cleaner. Earlier stories have detailed his use of campaign funds for personal expenses, including family parties and cars, and business ties to companies like Energi and Dunkin’ Donuts that cross the sacred divide between his senate office and his personal financial interests, ties that he failed to report on annual ethics filings.

“Accountability and transparency are crucial to good government, and improving Massachusetts’ performance in these areas is central to MassFiscal’s mission,” Craney said. “Joyce’s actions show a blatant disregard for those ideals. He’s the face of old-time strong-arm tactics and back room bargaining. It’s time for him to go.”

MassFiscal reports strong fundraising growth in 2015

(Boston)--The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance raised $853,063 in 2015, a marked increase over the $802,834 raised in 2014.  The number of donations also increased, from 409 in 2014 to 608 in 2015.

"MassFiscal's consistent growth is a natural result of our important work," said executive director Paul D. Craney.  "I expect that growth to continue this year.  The elections and ambitious legislative goals will provide many opportunities to draw attention to cleaning up state finances, increasing accountability, and building a stronger economic climate in Massachusetts."

Craney pointed to the increase in the number of donations as an important measure of the group's success.  "At the year’s end, our political force grew by half. A strong base of support going into 2016 is important, because along with opportunity, an election year brings challenges."

MassFiscal is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization which advocates for fiscal responsibility, transparency, and accountability in state government and increased opportunity for the people of our Commonwealth.

House Falls Short on Public Records Reform

The House, in its very last legislative session before breaking for the holidays, voted today on Public Records Reform. True to form, Speaker DeLeo didn't release the proposal until just hours before calling for a vote.

MassFiscal commends our friend Andover Representative Jim Lyons. Jim offered an amendment which would have made the legislature itself subject to the proposed public records law. Unsurprisingly, the chair ruled his amendment out of order. Lyons forced a vote on the ruling, which failed 34 to 122.

On Beacon Hill, it's easier to spot Elvis than it is to see the inner workings of lawmaking. House leadership refused to make their public record proposals available to the public up until today. We’re not surprised 122 lawmakers then voted to exempt themselves from public scrutiny, are you?.

See how your legislator voted on allowing debate on Representative Lyons' amendment on our Legislative Scorecard, which you may view here.

CALL TO ACTION: Call your legislator and tell him or her what you think of their vote.


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