Numerous good ideas defeated, and term limit removal worrisome
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 applauded the state House’s efforts to ensure greater transparency in committee operations, but expressed frustration that many amendments to promote better government were shot down and that term limits on the speakership were removed.
"Making committee votes available to the public is long overdue,” said Paul Craney, the group’s executive director. “While we appreciate the House voting in favor of making more of their voting record public, they barely managed a single when they could have hit a grand slam."Read more
Francis Bellotti, a former Massachusetts Attorney General and one time political opponent of Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-MA) described Brooke’s passing in a recent Boston Globe op-ed as an “end of an era in politics that will never return: an era of true trailblazers and political powerhouses.”
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said he was “deeply saddened by the loss of Senator Edward W. Brooke as we lost a truly remarkable public servant. A war hero, a champion of equal rights for all, and an example that barriers can be broken, Senator Brooke accomplished more than most aspire to. Our party, Commonwealth, and nation are better for his service.Read more
New Rules Changes Will Enhance Accountability
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 noted that the organization is very pleased with many of the changes made to the Senate’s rules as passed today.
“The unanimous decision to put nearly all Senate committee votes online within 48 hours is particularly welcome, given that this issue has long been one of our top priorities,” said Paul Craney, the group’s executive director. “It’s a basic matter of good government that citizens should be easily able to determine how their legislators are voting, whether in committee or on the floor.”Read more