Tuesday, April 9, 2013

House Minority Leader’s Statement on House of Representatives’ Adoption of $500 Million in Tax Increases

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) issued the following statement last night in response to the House of Representatives’ vote to approve $500 million dollars in tax increases:

“Tonight’s vote to increase taxes in Massachusetts represents an unfortunate turning point for our state’s hardworking taxpayers. By electing to raise taxes in the Commonwealth by $500 million, Democrats on Beacon Hill have indicated their willingness to help fund Governor Patrick’s legacy project.

Unfortunately, despite the House Republican Caucus’ proposal of an alternative transportation finance plan – free from any statewide tax increases – the residents of Massachusetts are on the verge of having to pay for the third major tax increase since Governor Patrick was sworn into office.

While the plan adopted by the House of Representatives might not be as costly as the Governor’s $1.9 billion proposal, neither piece of legislation is fiscally responsible, and both will have detrimental impacts on the Commonwealth’s taxpayers.”