The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance made the following statement today in response to House Minority Leader Bradley Jones’ (R-Reading) Facebook post, which said “The numbers continue strong.
Time to accelerate the pace of reopening.” The social media post was the first time a member of leadership, from either political party, has signaled their desire to see the Governor’s “phased” reopening advance more quickly. Leader Jones’ remarks come after State Representatives David DeCoste (R-Norwell), Alyson Sullivan (R-Abington), and Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica) made similar comments in mid-May.
“Leader Jones is right to speak up and demand that the Governor’s ‘reopening’ needs to be accelerated. Just last week, while much of the nation saw its unemployment numbers shrink, Massachusetts saw our numbers grow. The only way Massachusetts can get the state economy back to prosperity is if the Governor puts his trust back in the people of Massachusetts and allows them to reopen,” stated Paul D. Craney, spokesperson for Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance.
“The Governor needs to let small business owners and their workers do what they know how to do best, which is create jobs, provide services and goods, and contribute to the Massachusetts economy. Until the Governor loosens his grip and stops micromanaging every aspect of small businesses, Massachusetts will not succeed,” concluded Craney.