Monday, March 9, 2009

How they Voted here in Mass March 2-6 Read it and Weep

The house and Senate approved Deval's plan to reorganize a few departments, Transitional Assistance emergency shelter programs is now part of the Dept of Housing and Community Development.

The "Seven-member Independent Redistricting Commission" was defeated by most, 133 to 22. This is very bad for us and next year, you will see districts carved up like a Thanksgiving Turkey. They all should be ashamed of themselves.

The 28 member legislative Redistricting Commission .. did get approved 132 - 20, it's made up of 23 Dems and 5 Rebub's. More partisan politics here... will do nothing to stop the discriminatory practice.

The Senate approved a bill that the State will "guarantee Turnpike Dept", more bad news

The Senate rejected 12-26 an amendment prohibiting the Mass Turnpike from raising tolls beyond what is needed to prevent the Mass Turnpike from defaulting on it's bonds. They just don't listen to what the public wants.

Total time the taxpayers are charged for March 2-6. House met for 4 hours and the Senate met for 4 hours and 12 minutes. Great work if you can get it....


At March 9, 2009 at 4:07 PM , Blogger Edward said...

Hey, I need a job, and this one sounds perfect for me. I can lay around and watch This Old House and the home shopping shows, have lunch at home, take a nap, paint the bathroom for my wife, make it to all my kids after school plays and games and my dentist appointment and doctors appointments, pick up the dry cleaning, and drop off the blockbuster videos, and still make more money than my wife does as a LPN working 40 hrs a week. It will be a bit tough to schedule in that one or two trips to the State House every month, but at least I can go in late, after rush hour is over, and leave early, before rush hour starts, and hell, I will get paid extra for making the trip in to Boston. Where do I sign up?

At March 9, 2009 at 4:10 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

ahhhhhhhh thats funny and very true. How productive you could be....

At March 10, 2009 at 3:28 PM , Blogger Defeated in Fram. said...

Why isn't this document of how they vote available to all of us as their "employers"? Jim, can you tell us how to get to this report or do we have to make you do all the work, which we appreciate, but it really isn't fair to you. There are so many other things you are doing here that we can't do ourselves, sort of seems like we should be able to handle this one on our own.

At March 10, 2009 at 4:09 PM , Blogger Brian V. said...

What does the "Beyond what is needed to prevent the MA Pike from defaulting on its bonds". Does that mean we are going to have both a gas tax and an increase in the Tolls? Why can't they just say what they mean? And that whole redistricting issue is plain and simple bull.... THey will just create districts that are sure to reelect them. How can anyone really think this is a fair method of doing it?

At March 10, 2009 at 4:11 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

D in Framingham,

Funny you should ask... The MWDN, put's on Monday's paper only, and only in print form, NOT on the web site they run, the Beacon Hill Roll Call. I have asked N. Simmons from the paper why they can't run the same piece on the web... she stated to me in an e mail, "they" are looking into it. I have to assume, it's Rick Holmes and his band of protectionist lackeys that don't want to embarrass the local reps. I asked Rick Holmes in an e mail two weeks ago why they don't put BHRC on the web and his answer was that I was the first person to ask... Help Me Rhonda.. I've asked the same question for years now... and it's even funnier that Gatehouse News, the parent to the MWDN, is listed on Moody's bottom rung of companies that are likely to fold sometime this year. The paper is losing it's readership, in print form, like most papers and the web is likley to make more troubles for the print media this year.

I will continue to post the voting records as I can get them. Beacon Hill Roll Call, is a service that the media subscribes to and is way beyond my affordability to get.

This info should be free and everyone or every voter should be made to read those records.

At March 10, 2009 at 4:19 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

It's a shell game Brian.. .they want us to pick between being shot or stabbed. One plays the other, one says one thing and the other says something different... just to let us know, they really do want to do something good for all of us.

I feel confident in writing that both a gas tax and toll hike will be in play by April, no later than July. But again, those of us who live west.. will be shot and stabbed without the benefit of picking one or another.


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