Wednesday, July 17, 2013
House Minority Leader Brad Jones’ Statement on House’s Rejection of Governor Patrick’s Amendment to Transportation Finance Bill
“While the price-tag of the tax increase advanced today by House Democrats may be lower than that of the plan continually pushed by Governor Patrick, today’s vote in the House of Representatives represents an extremely costly day for Massachusetts’ taxpayers and small businesses.
Despite the efforts of the Republican caucus to once again introduce our tax-free transportation finance proposal, the Democratic majority instead elected to favor procedural gamesmanship over legislative discourse – thus illustrating the perils of one-party rule on Beacon Hill.
As Democratic leaders continue to quarrel over by how much to raise taxes on the Commonwealth’s hardworking families and entrepreneurs, House Republicans will continue to advocate for a fiscally responsible, tax-free approach to solving the issue of transportation finance.”