Wednesday, April 10, 2013

House Minority Leader’s Statement on Release of House Fiscal Year 2014 Budget

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) issued the following statement today in response to the release of the House Fiscal Year 2014 budget:

“I appreciate the work done by Chairman Dempsey and the House Committee on Ways and Means on the House Fiscal Year 2014 budget. The proposed budget contains some positive aspects - as it attempts to tackle issues of waste, fraud and abuse in state government.

The budget presented to the Legislature includes significantly less spending then Governor Patrick’s budget proposal and takes a targeted approach at reforming aspects of the current paradigm of state government. However, the plan offered today relies too heavily on revenue found in the recently passed transportation finance bill, and House Republicans will continue to oppose this fiscally irresponsible approach.

As the budget process begins, the Republican Caucus looks forward to the opportunity to offer targeted amendments which seek to protect Massachusetts’ taxpayers during these unpredictable economic times.”