Wednesday, July 24, 2013

House Minority Leader Brad Jones’ Statement on Transportation Finance Veto Override

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) issued the following statement today in response to the House of Representatives’ rejection of Governor Patrick’s veto to the tax-riddled transportation finance bill:

“Today’s vote in the House of Representatives is about one thing, and one thing only – a crippling tax increase. Massachusetts’ taxpayers should not be lulled into a false sense of hope that the $500 million tax increase approved by House Democrats is better than the nearly $2 billion increase being pushed by Governor Patrick.

In voting to sustain Governor Patrick’s veto, House Republicans were eager for the opportunity to get back to the transportation finance drawing board where we would have once again offered to the Legislature and taxpayers our transportation finance proposal – free of any statewide tax increases.

Unfortunately, there is now only one number that needs to be on the mind of residents across the state – seven. In seven days the taxpayers and small businesses within the Commonwealth will begin to pay for the tax and spend approach approved by House Democrats.”