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LETTER: 'It Is Time for a Change'

Sean Harrington writes that the progressive Democrats on Beacon Hill need to go.

The following is a Letter to the Editor from Sean Harrington, a Precinct 15 Town Meeting member.

The progressive Democrats have been running the state for the last 15 years resulting in increases in the size and scope of government, and massive cuts to local aid. The result has been an exodus of good paying jobs, and families fleeing to more friendly states to make their home.

This is further shown by the state's loss of a congressional seat. The loss of a congressional seat cannot be denied, and it happened during the control of progressive Democrats in the State Legislature.

Both state Rep. Sean Garballey and state Sen. Ken Donnelley in their four years on Beacon Hill have had poor ratings from Citizens for Limited Taxation (CLT), and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). Both these groups work to protect the interest of the middle class in Massachusetts.

It is widely expected when the legislature reconvenes in January that massive tax increases will be voted on including a gas tax increase, we will need representatives who we know will vote for lower taxes. Although Garballey and Donnelly are both nice men they do not represent the middle class interest on Beacon Hill. 

It is time for a change, the tax and spend ways cannot continue, vote for Joseph Monju for state represenative and Gerry Dembrowski for state senator.

Sean Harrington
Precinct 15 Town Meeting Member
10 Woodside Lane

John October 24, 2012 at 04:44 PM
looks like sean has romnesia. Those massive cuts to local aid were cut mitt made.
Amanda October 24, 2012 at 05:33 PM
No they weren't, nice try Obama minion.
John October 25, 2012 at 02:51 AM
in 2003 and 2004 mitt slashed aid to towns, which in turn lead to 22% increases in property taxes during his term in office. Romney’s initial emergency budget proposal for fiscal year 2003 called for $343 million in immediate funding cuts, necessitating layoffs of state employees and cuts in aid to cities and towns for public safety and education.[10] He explained in a televised address, “There's no time to restructure state government or remake state programs. On such an emergency timetable, there's just time for cuts.”[10] He also proposed cuts in state expenditures for Medicaid, the government program providing health care for the poorest state residents. The cuts included caps in payments to medical providers (one example being through limiting payments for hospital stays to 20 days, no matter how sick the patient), increased stringency of the criteria for Medicaid eligibility, and rationing of access to higher-priced medications for Medicaid patients.[14] Some 36,000 Massachusetts residents lost their Medicaid eligibility.[15] The 2003 emergency budget revision proposal also included funding cuts affecting public colleges and universities, treatment for schizophrenic and other mentally ill patients, and various other social services.
John October 25, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Romney’s austerity budget for fiscal year 2004, unveiled just weeks later, included even more substantial cuts in state funding for cities and towns.[5] The final budget passed by the legislature (after overriding Romney’s attempt to make still further cuts using line-item vetoes), cut funding for local aid to many communities by as much as 20 percent.[17][18] Already struggling to absorb funding cuts from the prior year’s budget, communities across the state were forced to cut services and hike fees, while laying off teachers, police officers, and other municipal workers.
John October 25, 2012 at 02:53 AM
thanks for the cuts and the resulting tax increases mitt
Paul October 29, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Jon: who is "Romnesia", one of Obama's Kenyan nieces? But, from what you commented Jon, I have to say ROMNEY GETS MY VOTE next week!. If you don't want increase "local taxes" then vote the progressives at THAT level OUT of office, too! No doubt you are one of Obammy and Liarwartha's minions..... a week from tomorrow you can cry in your beer.... it will be the FIRST DAY of taking America back under PRESIDENT ELECT Romney and VICE PRESIDENT ELECT Ryan.

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