Thursday, July 18, 2013

Republican Legislators’ Statement on Democrats’ Rejection of Infrastructure Money for Cities and Towns

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) and House Minority Whip Brad Hill (R-Ipswich) issued the following statement today in response to the House of Representatives’ rejection of a Republican-led amendment which would have delivered Chapter 90 money to cities and towns statewide:

“In the Governor’s ongoing quest to fund his legacy project, he has chosen to hold hostage Chapter 90 money which is relied upon by cities and towns. Unfortunately, by failing to adopt this amendment, the Democratic-led legislature has stooped to the Governor’s level.

By rejecting an amendment with the sole purpose of delivering Chapter 90 money to municipalities statewide, House Democrats have chosen to let their quarrel with Governor Patrick interfere with a good-faith effort to infuse desperately needed money into infrastructure projects across the Commonwealth. It is unfortunate the only thing Beacon Hill Democrats seem to agree on is that cities and towns are not a top priority.”