Tuesday, July 2, 2013
House Minority Leader Brad Jones’ Statement on Governor’s Amendment to Transportation Finance Bill
“The House Republican Caucus has long said that increasing taxes on Massachusetts’ hardworking families and small businesses is a grave mistake.
While the Speaker and Senate President finally agree with Republicans that the Governor’s most recent plan to raise taxes even higher is a recipe for disaster, it was their respective Democratically-controlled legislative bodies that recently signed off on raising taxes on the Commonwealth’s residents by well over $500 million.
House Republicans continue to stand by our comprehensive transportation finance plan which is free from any statewide tax increases. 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 and businesses continue to grapple with economic uncertainty. Until that happens, the Republican Caucus will continue to vehemently oppose any sort of tax increase.”