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Monday, August 13, 2012

Representatives Brad Jones and Donald Wong Appear on the FOX-25 Morning News’ Zip Trip to Lynnfield

In case you missed it, Representatives Brad Jones (R- North Reading) and Donald Wong (R-Saugus) made an appearance on the FOX-25 Morning News’ Zip Trip to Lynnfield this past Friday. Representatives Jones and Wong joined former Senate Minority Leader, and current Congressional candidate, Richard Tisei for the “Meet the Peeps” segment hosted by Doug “VB” Goudie.

Click on the video below and fast forward to 4:14 for more.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

House Minority Leader’s Statement on Governor Patrick’s Job Killing Approach to Economic Stimulus

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Patrick’s vetoes of an estimated quarterly tax structure and the elimination of a minimum excise tax for new businesses as part of the Economic Development package:

“I thought that the CNBC poll ranking Massachusetts 28th for ‘Top States for Business’ would have resonated with Governor Patrick. Judging by this most recent veto – it didn’t.

The way the Commonwealth currently collects the Estimated Quarterly Tax subverts our businesses and job creators. In 2001 the Democratic majority changed our fair process forcing businesses to keep large amounts of cash on hand to pay their taxes before they have even begun to collect profits in a given year. This legislation would bring fairness and stability to the collection process by restoring the timetable for corporations to pay their quarterly estimated taxes in four equal installments.

Additionally, by vetoing a provision which would have provided start-up businesses a $456 credit, thus eliminating their minimum excise tax payment for the first 3 years they are in business, the Governor has negated any narrative coming out of the corner office relative to job creation and economic growth in the Bay State.

By eliminating the opportunity for Massachusetts to create a business-friendly environment, Governor Patrick has proven that he is intent on advancing an agenda that is not favorable to the businesses and residents of the Commonwealth.”

Monday, August 6, 2012

Representative Bradford Hill’s Statement on Governor Patrick Signing Melissa’s Bill into Law

Representative Bradford R. Hill (R-Ipswich) issued the following statement in response to Governor Patrick signing Melissa’s Bill into law:

"With the signing of Melissa’s Law, the legacies of Melissa Gosule and Officer Jack Maguire will forever live on.

This decade-long journey has afforded me the opportunity to forge a lifelong relationship with the Gosule and Maguire families. The unwavering tenacity that these two families have shown for public safety, as a result of their tragic loss, has been truly inspiring.

The memories of Melissa and Jack will be embedded in our hearts and minds forever. With the signing of this law, the citizens of Massachusetts can rest assured knowing that the tragic losses suffered by the Gosule and Maguire families have made the streets of the Commonwealth safer. While we may never know exactly who, or when, we do know that Melissa’s Law will save someone’s life.

Melissa’s Bill, now Melissa’s Law, is balanced in a way that targets the most violent and heinous repeat criminals, while recognizing the need to rehabilitate and restructure sentencing for non-violent drug offenders.

The commitment of the Legislature throughout this process proves that common-sense and public safety transcend party lines. I thank my colleagues for their continued support and advocacy.”