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July 18, 2014
July 18, 2014
Karen Anderson Will Be Fiscal Watchdog for Taxpayers
Anderson Calls Last Year’s Overriding Governor’s Veto of Taxes Unnecessary
Boston, MA…Today on the one-year anniversary of the House voting to override the Governor’s veto of the tax package thus passing a $500 million in tax increases, Karen Anderson, candidate for State Representative joined the Yes on 1 organizers supporting the repeal of automatic gas tax hikes. The State House Tab is a list of how Massachusetts state government has wasted $2 billion of tax dollars.
“We in the Second Franklin District have to drive considerable distances to go to the doctor’s, work or stores. To place an automatic gas tax, based upon the gas tax index, which is a forever tax upon the people who are having great difficulty in this economy is an even greater burden to those who are trying to make a living. This is an unnecessary burden when the funds that are already there are being misappropriated.”
As the next State Representative, Karen Anderson promised to be a fiscal watchdog for the taxpayers of the Second Franklin District. “I will fight for common sense reforms and vocally oppose wasteful spending such as the $9 million dollar makeover of the Governor’s office, especially in a year when he is resigning,” said Anderson. “It’s time for accountability.”
“Our state doesn’t have a revenue problem. Our state government has a mismanagement problem,” said Rep. Geoff Diehl. “One year ago the House voted to raise taxes. Our focus should be on stopping the wasting of tax dollars rather than raiding the wallets of the hard working taxpayers.”
The State House Tab lists the following mismanagement problems:
Crime lab scandal $332 million
Toll takers severance package $24 million
Welfare fraud $200 million
Health Connector(failed website and insurance coverage problems) $500 million
Unemployment Insurance website overrun $6 million
Health safety net for ineligible residents $175 million
Abandoned department of revenue website $55 million
Mass Health for ineligible residents $93 million
MBTA maintenance Department mismanagement $250 million
40% increase in state employees earning over $100,000 $354 million
MBTA poorly designed renovations $11 million
Makeover of Governor’s Office $9 million
Transgender reassignment coverage $2.6 million
Evergreen Solar $30 million
State Climatologist $100,000
“This State House tab shows how taxes don’t need to be raised. They just need to stop being wasted,” said Karen Anderson.
“The opposition claims that $100 million is needed each year for transportation. The last time the gas tax was raised the money for the gas tax was raided for the general fund. If the majority party wants to continue to tax and spend in this fashion, they should have the courage to vote for the tax increases annually,” said State Representative Marc Lombardo.
“Our roads and bridges should be paved in gold for what we pay in taxes. This list doesn’t include in-state tuition costs for those who break the rules,” said State Representative Jim Lyons. “I urge voters to repeal automatic tax hikes. The linkage of the gas tax is a license to waste.”
“Over the past year we have outlined three different ways to pay for transportation needs without raising taxes. Let’s be fair to the taxpayers and demand reform,” said Diehl.
The attorney for the group is former U.S. Attorney Mike Sullivan.
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Media Coordinator – Committee to Elect Karen Anderson – MA Representative Second Franklin District