BOSTON -- Representative Sheila C. Harrington (R-Groton) joined the entire House Republican Caucus in voting against the transportation finance amendments offered by both Governor Patrick and House Democrats, which contain hundreds of millions of dollars in crippling tax increases.
"It was vital that we put that Chapter 90 money back in the hands of our cities and towns. The rejection of the Republican Caucus's proposed amendment to keep the money with our cities and towns really baffles me. Our communities should not take the hit to support the Governor's massive transportation agenda," stated Harrington.
The massive tax increases contained in each proposal directly target Massachusetts's hardworking taxpayers and small business. The Commonwealth's high-tech industry will not be immune to the wide-reaching tax proposal passed by the Democrat majority. Higher taxes on software services will stifle our state's entrepreneurs and have a trickle-down effect on residents and customers alike.
"While the price-tag of the tax increase advanced by House Democrats may be lower than that of the plan continually pushed by Governor Patrick, the vote by the Democratic-led House of Representatives will prove to be extremely costly for Massachusetts' taxpayers and small businesses," said House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading).
In their ongoing advocacy for the state's residents, the House Republican Caucus offered key components of their alternative proposal, which would have raised the necessary revenue to solve the state's transportation finance dilemma while refraining from increasing any additional taxes. Although the plan stood to save the Commonwealth's taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, the proposal was not given due consideration by the Democrat majority.
In recognizing the continued financial constraints placed on cities and towns across Massachusetts, House Republicans offered an amendment that would have delivered Chapter 90 money to the state's municipalities. Unfortunately, House Democrats elected to let their quarrel with Governor Patrick interfere with a good-faith effort to infuse desperately needed funds into infrastructure projects across the Commonwealth -- thus defeating the Republican-led proposal.