The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance released the following statement thanking the three Republican state senators, Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), Senators Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton), and Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth) for publicly debating and voting in favor of protecting the voter approved tax cap and rebate law known as 62F.
On Thursday, Senate Republicans came prepared with props and speeches showcasing the hypocrisy of Senate Democrats for wanting to circumvent the will of the voters by excluding the millionaires tax revenue from 62F tax revenue calculations. Their worthwhile speeches made the point and even got two Democratic senators, Walter Timilty (D-Milton) and Barry Finegold (D-Andover) to support their effort. A copy of the roll call vote may be found by clicking here.
“It’s refreshing to see some lawmakers put the interests of the taxpayers at the forefront. Senate Republicans came to today’s debate well prepared. They passionately spoke out in favor of their ideas to protect the taxpayers and preserve the very popular taxpayer protection voter approved law known as 62F. Senate Democrats want to break the will of the voters by excluding the new millionaire’s tax revenue from the total calculation for rebates back to the taxpayers from 62F. That goes against the will of the voters as the law is written and today’s debate by Senate Republicans made that point very clearly,” said Paul Diego Craney, spokesman for the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance.
“The State House rarely has open debate, or transparency. It’s even rarer to see lawmakers stand up for the taxpayers. Today, Senate Republicans came prepared to change that. Without a Republican in the Governor’s office, Senate Republicans are filling an important void for the taxpayers. MassFiscal is happy to recognize their hard work today, defending the taxpayers from further attempts to make the state less economically competitive,” continued Craney