Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Here's what Pam DeLeo have to say...

HOUSE PASSES LOCAL AID
Measure Will Provide $205 Million for Cities and Towns

BOSTON-State Representatives Pam Richardson and Tom Sannicandro joined their colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in passing an amendment to restore $205 million in local aid to cities and towns.

The local aid will enable cities and towns to retain teachers, police officers and fire fighters, mitigate the need for property tax increases, and provide basic city services.

The vote will provide $30,081,591 for Framingham.

The House was able to find the funds for local aid by passing a 1.25% increase in the sales tax. The vote keeps the exemption on key household items, such as food, clothing and home heating oil, which have never been taxed. It also eliminates the need for burdensome taxes on gas, alcohol and sugar.

"In Framingham quality services, including public education and public safety, are top priorities," said Representative Richardson. "This funding will allow the Selectmen and School Committee to preserve these vital services which strengthen and enhance our community."

"I am proud to help the people of our cities and towns in their hour of need," said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. "Our communities are the foundation of our state. Helping to shield people in most in need is a vital role of government even during these difficult budgetary times."

"Facing a state budget deficit of $3.6 billion, we have been forced to reduce and eliminate many worthwhile programs. While still receiving a substantial cut in funding, cities
and towns will be able to maintain core services because of today's actions," said House Ways and Means Chairman Charles A. Murphy.

The restoration of aid comes on the heels of an unprecedented season of reform in the legislature. In less than three months, the House has passed ethics, transportation and pension reform. Rep. Richardson and her colleagues have done the following:

ETHICS AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM

In March, the House tackled the first comprehensive ethics reform legislation in 15 years. That bill gives strong powers of enforcement to the Secretary of State and Ethics Commission, and increases the penalties for those who violate our lobbying laws. It also provides for stricter requirements on lobbyists themselves and targets anyone who gives a gift to influence or attempts to influence a public official.

This bill also includes serious campaign finance reforms. It increases the frequency candidates public office have to file disclosure reports to twice in a non-election year and require sub-vendor reporting. These campaign finance reform provisions go farther than other competing ethics reform plans.

TRANSPORTATION REFORM

In April, the House passed an historic bill that will eliminate the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. This bill changes the old "23 and out" pension policy for MBTA workers and places them under the auspices of the GIC for health insurance purposes. These changes will lead to real savings.

This plan was offered without the $ .19 gas tax increase proposed by the administration, which was offered in the absence of meaningful reforms.

PENSION REFORM

The House addressed those pension outrages that particularly anger the public. This bill removes the so-called "one-day, one year" rule that allows elected officials to serve one day in a calendar year and gain a full year of creditable service as well as the so-called "king for a day" rule that allows for increased benefits for some employees who go out on accidental disability retirement to receive increased benefits if they did so while filling in for a supervisor.

This misleading and inaccurate news letter, as all the past news letters from her indicate that she has not the ethical standards needed to represent us and is a puppet of the Speaker. Major cuts, pension and transportation reforms are still needed and should be done before any new tax revenues are adopted and why she can't get that, after everything that has gone on in the past few months, is very disturbing.

While some in Town are licking their chops over this announcement, they fail to see the broader financial picture for 2010 and beyond. Tax revenues will continue to drop as the economy struggles to stay strong. It will be wonderful for those who have taken unfair advantage of the system for years, like cops, teachers and state workers, but those of us who aren't in the game, will suffer, paying for the special treatment others who have blessed themselves with the entitlement philosophy.

6 Comments:

At April 29, 2009 at 5:11 PM , Blogger Abra said...

All this is interesting and important, but not really anything new to any of us who have paid attention to politics in MA at all. I think there are more important concerns on people's minds now, Swine Flu. The WHO just raised the threat level to 5, 6 being the top of the ladder. We need to start preparing now! Why the hell aren't we seeing plans for this serious threat from our legislators? Richardson and all of those at the state house should be working with health departments and hospitals to get us ready for what is sure to be a disaster that is about to hit us here, and everywhere else. Am I missing something here? Does anyone really care more about the politics as usual in MA than they do about the danger being faced with this swine flu thing?

 
At April 30, 2009 at 2:26 PM , Blogger Not my problem said...

SHe is proud to help the people in the cities and towns in their hour of need??? You have got to be kidding? Who does she think she is, some king who is honoring us with his own gold? She is talking about increasing what we have to pay for things, to cover the costs of things like her salary. How the hell do you paint that as something you are doing to help me in my hour of need? YOu want to help me, decrease the cost of running the state of MA, start with your own salary!

 
At April 30, 2009 at 3:14 PM , Blogger Dylan said...

She states that in less then 3 months they have passed blah, blah, blah. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t passing legislation one of the things she is paid to do? If it took me three months to do anything on my job, I would be looking for a new job, and she is bragging about moving a few things through the process in 3 months. Talk about out of touch with reality. What planet does that woman live on, and how the hell do I get to live there!

 
At April 30, 2009 at 4:42 PM , Blogger Alpha Dog said...

Nothing in her news letter about the swine flu issues in MA. Just lots of useless information about what she claims to have done “for” us. She is nothing but a joke. The sad part is that pretty much everyone knows that, including her so called supporters, but she is too dumb to recognize that. Ignorance has its blessings I guess, and she certainly qualifes as being ignorant.

 
At April 30, 2009 at 5:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jim, what’s happening the with Rizzoli brothers being barred from that meeting? Isn’t that against the law?

 
At April 30, 2009 at 6:32 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

I asked JR to fax the ACLU with the details. He reports back that the building is not a public place and they have the right to keep anyone out.

I would not ever expect to be not allowed in a public meeting, anywhere on any subject. It was a public meeting after all and like it or not, the J.R's are the public and have the right to be there, observing a public meeting.

More should be made of this for many reasons, the least of which is he's an elected official here in Town and has the right to be at public meetings. The fact that the elected officials inside let this happen, is just as troubling, but not illegal.

I did suggest to JR that an arrest for trespassing might have been a good thing in this case. Just like Congressman McGovern did this past week in protest of another governments actions.

A hearing would have at least answered the question, whether they had the right to be allowed in for a public meeting.

 

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