Mass. Fiscal Calls on Eldridge to Remove Ban on Ride-Share at Seaport, Airport

(BOSTON)—Paul Craney, executive director of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, called on state senator Jamie Eldridge to remove from ride-share reform a controversial measure aimed at protecting the taxi industry. Mass. Fiscal Alliance sent a letter to Senator Eldridge this morning, which may be found at www.MassFiscal.org. Senator Eldridge is the vice chair of state administration and regulatory oversight.

"Both the Seaport and the Airport are notable for a lack of transportation options and a glut of tourists," Craney said. "Banning ride-share services like Uber and Lyft from operating in those areas is a bad idea."

Governor Baker advanced ride-share reform legislation earlier this year; the House of Representatives added stiff restrictions for services operating in the Seaport and the Airport. The bill is expected to be taken up by the Senate soon. Click here to view MassFiscal's letter to Senator Eldridge.

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

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MassFiscal Lauds House Budget While Calling for Vigorous Debate Going Forward

(BOSTON)— MassFiscal today congratulated legislative leaders for issuing a budget with a bottom line lower than the one offered in the Governor’s budget.

“Checking the growth of state spending is a big priority for our members,” executive director Paul Craney said.

Cautioning taxpayers against unbridled optimism, Craney added, “Rank-and-file legislators must now do their part and refrain from loading the budget up with pet projects.”

At the same time, Paul Craney, executive director of the organization, a non-profit dedicated to open government and fiscal responsibility, called on House leadership to keep the process public as the legislation moves forward. “The Commonwealth is best served when consensus is formed in the public eye rather than during closed-door horse trading sessions."

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

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Senate Votes to Spend Over $200 Million it Doesn't Have

At MassFiscal, we love the idea of charter schools. Give people real education choices, and schools get better. Standards rise, not just in the charter schools but across the system. Parents love charter schools because they deliver results, but 34,000 children in the Commonwealth are on waiting lists, hoping for a chance at a better education.

But interests more powerful than families and children are at work on Beacon Hill.

Ostensibly in response to pressure from Governor Baker and charter advocates to expand the charter program, the Senate passed a bill yesterday linking any new charter schools to $200 million in general education funding. The bill, which Education Secretary Jim Peyser says effectively places a moratorium on new charters, passed 24-14 without any indication of where all that money will come from.

The measure is fiscally irresponsible and does nothing to help children waiting for better schools.

Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr put it best, saying the bill has "more poison pills in it than Dr. Kevorkian's apothecary.

Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance advocates for fiscal responsibility, transparency, and accountability in state government and increased economic opportunity for the people of our Commonwealth. As a non-partisan, IRS recognized 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, our primary focus is to promote social welfare.

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