Thursday, April 25, 2013

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

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

"I appreciate the work done by Speaker DeLeo, Chairman Dempsey and the House Committee on Ways and Means on the Fiscal Year 2014 budget.

Unfortunately, as adopted, the budget demonstrates the House Democrats’ continued willingness to rely on revenue found in the recently passed transportation finance bill. While the taxpayers of Massachusetts have avoided the enormity of Governor Patrick’s $1.9 billion dollar tax hike, our state’s residents should find no comfort in the $500 million dollar tax increase approved by my colleagues across the aisle.

By opposing the Fiscal Year 2014 budget, House Republicans continue to demonstrate our strong opposition to fiscal irresponsibility and our ongoing advocacy for the elimination of waste, fraud and abuse in state government. While many initiatives offered by the Republican Caucus fell victim to the ongoing reliance on procedural gamesmanship, the minority party in the House will continue to advocate for Massachusetts’ taxpayers.

I look forward to my Republican colleagues in the State Senate making every attempt to restore fiscal responsibility and governmental integrity to the state budget before it is ultimately sent to the Governor for his review.”