At the beginning of the summer, Governor Baker worked strenuously to close the gap in Massachusetts' FY 2016 budget. The Governor was able to put our state's finances on a sustainable track by keeping taxes level, cutting a $1.8 billion dollar deficit, and ultimately balancing the state's budget.
Unsurprisingly, the state legislature was not entirely on board with the Governor’s agenda, and proceeded to undo many of the Governor's changes by casting over nearly one hundred votes to override his reductions.
Below you will find a comprehensive overview of the vetoes to the state budget, coupled with how each legislator voted. Overall, there were ninety votes taken by the Senate and ninety-four votes taken by the House. The percentage next to each name indicates how many votes the particular legislator took that were in line with the fiscally responsible budget set out by the Governor.
The highest scoring House members were:
James Lyons (R - Andover) with 93% (87 of 94)
Bradley Jones (R - North Reading) with 84% (79 of 94)
Fred Barrows (R - Mansfield) with 83% (78 of 94)
Marc Lombardo (R - Billerica) with 83% (78 of 94)
Susan Gifford (R - Wareham) with 81% (76 of 94)
The highest scoring Senate members were:
Vinny deMacedo (R - Plymouth) with 43% (39 of 90)
Ryan Fattman (R - Webster) with 42% (38 of 90)
Bruce Tarr (R - Gloucester) with 39% (35 of 90)
We hope you will use this knowledge to contact your lawmaker and urge them to support Governor Baker’s budget going forward. The best number to call is (617) 722-2000.
MassFiscal says closing the union loophole is a top priority for fairness advocates as Court Begins Hearing on 1A Auto v Sullivan
(BOSTON)—Today, hearings began at Suffolk Superior Court in the lawsuit filed by businesses owned by MassFiscal board members Rick Green and Mike Kane to close the so-called union loophole in Massachusetts campaign finance law.
The loophole bans political contributions from businesses while allowing unions to contribute up to $15,000 to a single candidate. Unions, under current law, may also contribute via Political Action Committees, while PACs supported by businesses are prohibited. Individuals are permitted to donate up to $1,000 to a single candidate.
Massachusetts is one of only six states with campaign finance laws that advantage unions.
Executive director of MassFiscal Paul D. Craney said, “Campaign finance law boils down to freedom of speech. It’s just not fair to tell businesses they can’t participate, while unions and special interest groups pour money into campaigns. We need to level the playing field in Massachusetts politics.”
“Closing the union loophole must be the number one priority for advocates of fairness,” concluded Craney.
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