Wednesday, April 9, 2014

House Minority Leader’s Statement on Release of House Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) issued the following statement today in response to the release of the House Fiscal Year 2015 budget:

“I appreciate the work done by Chairman Dempsey and the House Committee on Ways and Means in delivering the House Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

While the Democratic-majority set an unfortunate tone to this year’s budget debate by refusing to consider amendments relative to local aid, education spending, and welfare reform, the House Republican Caucus will not be deterred.

As we begin our initial review of the spending plan, particular attention will be given to how the Fiscal Year 2015 budget attempts to addresses the Commonwealth’s continued structural imbalance. Furthermore, we as a Legislature must make considerable strides in delivering a budget that is mindful of the economic times, while producing a spending plan that delivers an accountable and transparent state government which reflects the taxpayers’ priorities, and seeks to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse.

The Republican Caucus anticipates the opportunity, albeit brief, to analyze the House budget and offer amendments which reflect the will and desire of Massachusetts residents and communities.”