Thursday, April 26, 2012

House Minority Leader’s Statement on Adoption of House FY13 Budget

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) issued the following statement today in response to the adoption of the House Fiscal Year 2013 budget:

I appreciate the work done by Speaker DeLeo, Chairman Dempsey and the House Committee on Ways and Means on the House Fiscal Year 2013 budget. As adopted, the budget demonstrates the House of Representatives’ ongoing commitment to jobs, government transparency and local aid - all while refraining from tax increases.

Since the ongoing narrative from Democratic leaders has been the need for substantive job creating legislation, I am pleased that due consideration was given to key facets of the GOP Jobs Package. By having several Republican-led job initiatives included in the final budget, we have taken key steps toward bridging the economic recovery gap in Massachusetts.

The Republican Caucus, which was intermittently subjected to procedural gamesmanship during the debate process, proved that even though we are small in membership, unrelenting tenacity toward good government, jobs and the voices of the taxpayers can prevail.

The budget we are sending to the Senate deserves serious consideration; and it is my hope that the final budget we give to Governor Patrick is similar to that recommended by the House.