Friday, July 12, 2013

House Minority Leader Brad Jones’ Statement on Governor Patrick’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Vetoes

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Patrick’s vetoes of sections within the Fiscal Year 2014 budget:

“I am extremely disappointed that Governor Patrick has not only continued his tax-and-spend assault on taxpayers, but has now extended his fiscal wrath to municipalities across the Commonwealth.

House Republicans have long said that the FY14 state budget is predicated on massive tax increases that have yet to be finalized. Furthermore, my Republican colleagues also join me in vehemently opposing the devastating and reckless reductions to unrestricted local aid. Cities and towns across Massachusetts should not be used as a pawn in the Governor’s quest to fund his legacy project.

The House Republican caucus continues to stand by our comprehensive transportation finance plan which is free from any statewide tax increases. Governor Patrick and Democratic leaders must choose a more responsible and fiscally sound path to financing the state’s transportation system, while recognizing that the Commonwealth’s families, businesses, and municipalities continue to grapple with economic uncertainty.”