Support Rep. Lombardo’s Bill to End Sanctuary Cities

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As the Presidential races continue to dominate the headlines it becomes increasingly apparent that immigration remains one of the most important issues to the American voter. But as presidential candidates continue to promote bigger and bigger immigrations plans we must not lose sight of the immigration fight happening here in Massachusetts at the state level.

Legislation like H. 1856, An Act relative to sanctuary cities and towns, sponsored by Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica) seeks to end the practice of sanctuary cities in Massachusetts by denying unrestricted government aid to any city that provides safe haven to criminal illegal aliens. Passage of H. 1856 would ensure that taxpayers dollars are not being spent to aid any of the six sanctuary cities and towns in Massachusetts that are harboring criminals.

In 2015 these six communities received over $90,000,000 in general government aid from the taxpayers of Massachusetts.  At the same time these communities were choosing to ignore federal immigration laws and protect illegal aliens, allowing them to continue to live among us.  Passage of H. 1856 would leave these communities no choice but to end the practice of protecting and harboring these criminals at the expense of the law abiding citizens of these and surrounding communities.

While easy to get distracted by the grandiose immigration plans of many of the presidential candidates this year, its vital that we recognize that the opportunity for real immigration reform can start here at the state level. Please use the link below to encourage your legislator to support and co-sponsor Rep. Lombardo’s bill, H. 1856, to prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to harbor criminal illegal aliens.

Thank you,

Daniel Grayton
Operations Director

Source: Early returns show wins for 26 Baker-backed state committee picks

Boston Herald
Matt Stout Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Credit: Angela Rowlings

Gov. Charlie Baker attends the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers Annual Luncheon at the State House, Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Staff photo by Angela Rowlings.

At least half of the  Republican state committee candidates backed by Gov. Charlie Baker won their seats last night, according to a source familiar with early returns in the unusual battle that had pitched the popular governor against the conservative wing of his own party.

As of this morning, Baker’s endorsed candidates had won 26 of 52 head-to-head races and lost 17, with nine still considered too close to call, according to the source.

In a push to remold the Republican state committee, Baker endorsed 74 candidates in the intra-party contests that played out on Super Tuesday. Of those, 52 were in a contested fight for a spot on the 80-member committee, which, among other responsibilities, votes on the party’s platform and helps recruit and back candidates for public office.

There were two other contested races in which Baker did not endorse a pick; neither had final results this morning.
The developments followed weeks of an aggressive endorsement campaign by Baker, including yesterday when he sent out a pair of e-mails — plus another from Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito — urging supporters to hit the polls for his slate of candidates.

“I’ve heard it a lot: the new direction that we’ve brought to Beacon Hill in the last year is a breath of fresh air, and has shown voters what real Republican leadership looks like here in Massachusetts,” one of Baker’s e-mails read. “Today is a critical day for our ability to keep delivering on that change.”

The campaign — for which Baker also actively raised money from unnamed donors — rankled the party’s conservative wing, which ran its own candidates versus Baker’s picks in many of the races.

Baker also drew criticism from some conservatives for backing as many as 17 candidates who also are state employees.

A spokesman for the MassGOP didn’t immediately return a message today.

Vote Reform for Massachusetts!

Time for a Reagan Revolution in Massachusetts

Dear 2016 Massachusetts Republican Primary Voters,

On March 1st, will you choose Politics or Principle?

After you vote for your preferred Republican Presidential Nominee, further down the ballot you will have a CHOICE in the races for Republican State Committee. You can choose to vote for establishment Republicans that go-along-to-get-along with corruption and incompetence in both parties, or grassroots Republican activists that will stand up, and proudly, and clearly explain the failures of big government, and call for lower taxes, less government, and a stop to endless illegal immigration.

Those of us seeking reform have seen first-hand how the political class of both parties is betraying the average voter, and finally giving rise to anti-establishment candidates such as Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul. Additional candidates like Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, and Ben Carson claim that the establishment is hurting the Republican Party. So why would you vote on March 1st to give the establishment more power?

There are just 3 simple steps to elect reformers:

  1. In the search box below enter your town
  2. Write down the name for state committee man and the name for state committee woman. You vote for one of each. The names listed below are the reformers. If a race is uncontested, no name is listed.
  3. Find and vote for them on the ballot on March 1st

This is a quick and important way to send a message to the Republican establishment that you want your country back!

After you write down your candidates, please click below and SHARE this important election knowledge on social media.

If you are curious, you can click HERE to learn more about the Republican State Committee.

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Westford Committee Man
Dennis Galvin
Committee Woman
Georjann McGaha

 View the website to find your town.


2015 per diems

And the winner is:

Beacon Hill Roll Call

By Bob Katzen

Updated:   02/22/2016 09:26:09 AM EST

THE HOUSE AND SENATE. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. Beacon Hill Roll Call has obtained the 2015 official list from the state treasurer’s office of the “per diem” travel, meals and lodging reimbursements collected by the Legislature’s 157 state representatives from Jan. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2015. The list reveals that representatives collected a total of $239,732. Combined with the $63,590 that the state’s 38 senators collected as reported in a recent Beacon Hill Roll Call, the grand total for both branches is $303,322.

Under state law, per diems are paid by the state to representatives “for each day of travel from his place of residence to the Statehouse and return therefrom, while in the performance of his official duties, upon certification to the state treasurer that he was present at the Statehouse.” These reimbursements are given to representatives above and beyond their regular salaries.

The amount of the per diem varies and is based on the city or town in which a representative resides and its distance from the Statehouse. The Legislature in 2000 approved a law doubling these per diems to the current amounts. The payments range from $10 per day for legislators who reside in the Greater Boston area to $90 per day for some Western Massachusetts lawmakers and $100 per day for those in Nantucket. Representatives who are from areas that are a long distance from Boston’s Statehouse most often collect the highest total of annual per diems.

Some supporters of the per diems say the system is fair and note the rising costs of travel, food and lodging.

They argue many legislators spend a lot of money on travel to the Statehouse and some spend the night in Boston following late sessions. Others say that some legislators accept the per diem but use all of the revenue they receive to support local nonprofit causes. They say that not taking the per diem would leave that money in the state’s General Fund to be spent on who knows what.Some opponents argue most private-sector and state workers are not paid additional money for commuting. They say the very idea of paying any per diem is outrageous when thousands of workers have lost their jobs and homes, and funding for important programs has been cut. Others say the per diem is especially inappropriate given the 3-cent-per-gallon hike in the state’s gas tax that the Legislature approved in July 2013.

The 2015 statistics indicate that nearly one-half (78) of the state’s 157 representatives have received reimbursements ranging from $18 to $8,730, while a little more than one-half (79) have so far chosen not to apply for any money. State law does not establish a deadline that representatives must meet in order to collect the per diems.

The representative who received the most per-diem money in 2015 is William “Smitty” Pignatelli (D-Lenox) who received $8,730.


The dollar figure next to the representative’s name represents the total amount of per diem money the state paid him or her in 2015. The number in parentheses represents the number of days the representative certified he or she was at the Statehouse during that same period. Representatives who have not requested any per diems have “0 days” listed. That is not meant to imply that these representatives didn’t attend any sessions but rather that they chose not to request any per diems.

Rep. James Arciero, $4,940 (190 days); Rep. Cory Atkins, $0 (0 days); Rep. Jennifer Benson, $0 (0 days); Rep. Colleen Garry, $1,300 (50 days); Rep. Thomas Golden, $0 (0 days); Rep. Kenneth Gordon, $0 (0 days); Rep. Sheila Harrington, $0 (0 days); Rep. Marc Lombardo, $0 (0 days); Rep. James Lyons, $0 (0 days); Rep. James Miceli, $774 (43 days); Rep. Rady Mom, $0 (0 days); Rep. David Nangle $4,004 (154 days); Rep. Jennifer Benson $0 (0 days); Former Rep. Stephen DiNatale $1,404 (39 days); Rep. Kimberly Ferguson $3,744 (104 days); Rep. Sheila Harrington $0 (0 days); Rep. Harold Naughton $0 (0 days); Rep. Dennis Rosa $1,008 (28 days); Rep. Jonathan Zlotnik $0 (0 days).

Special Elections

Mailers target Hay as Democratic Party chair appeals for help

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service

Updated:   02/25/2016 01:58:28 PM EST
A mailer targeting state rep candidate Stephan Hay is being called misleading by state Democrats.

A mailer targeting state rep candidate Stephan Hay is being called misleading by state Democrats.

BOSTON — Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman Thomas McGee has reached out to his legislative colleagues seeking manpower to help blunt an “all-out blitz” planned by a right-leaning independent group backing two Republicans running for House seats in special elections to be decided next Tuesday.

The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, a conservative non-profit that has spent heavily in election cycles to target Democratic candidates for state office, started blanketing the Fitchburg-Lunenburg area targeting Democrat Stephan Hay, a Fitchburg city councilor, over transparency, internet sales taxes and illegal immigration.

A letter sent to supporters on Tuesday from Jordanne Anderson, of the MassFiscal Alliance, said she needed to raise $23,000 in seven days to “execute MassFiscal’s mission” ahead of the March 1 special elections in Fitchburg and Peabody.

“The plan is an all-out blitz,” Anderson wrote.

MassFiscal officials could not immediately be reached for comment on how much they planned to spend on the two races.

With Gov. Charlie Baker planning to campaign over the weekend in both Fitchburg and Peabody on behalf of Dean Tran in Fitchburg and Stephanie Peach in Peabody, McGee emailed legislators Thursday asking them and their staffs to help staff a phonebank at Democratic headquarters in Boston.

“We can’t match the Republicans and their allies with outside spending, but, with your help, we can beat them with grassroots support,” McGee said in the message, obtained by the News Service.

McGee, a Democratic senator from Lynn, attached a copy of a MassFiscal mailer being distributed in Fitchburg and Lunenburg “repeating the same ridiculous accusations they charged many of you with last election.”

The mailer stated that Tran supports making legislative committee votes available to the public and giving preference to veterans over illegal immigrants in public housing, and opposes taxing sales on the internet. Under Hay’s name and photo, the card states “declined” next to all three issues, suggesting the Democrat did not respond to MassFiscal’s campaign questionnaire.

The issue of veteran preference in public housing is a particularly sensitive one given that many House Democrats faced similar charges from MassFiscal in 2014 that they supported illegal immigrants over veterans.

The charge is grounded in a vote taken during debate on a veterans’ benefit bill to uphold the ruling of the House chair that a Republican amendment to give preference to veterans in public housing over undocumented immigrants was not germane to the bill and therefore out of order.

Rep. James Arciero, a Westford Democrat who was targeted with the same accusation by MassFiscal in 2014, called the claims “bush league” at the time. “It’s a smear campaign. To suggest the Massachusetts Legislature somehow supports illegal immigrants over veterans is absurd,” he said then.

MassFiscal Eecutive Director Paul Craney defended the 2014 mailers at the time as a “black-and-white” representation of the lawmaker’s voting record.

McGee told lawmakers in his Thursday letter that they did not have to even come to downtown headquarters to participate in the phonebank, but could do it from their districts with a computer. He also said shifts would be available on election day to help get out the vote for the two Democrats running.

Hay and Tran are running for the seat vacated by Stephen DiNatale, a Democrat who left the Legislature after being elected mayor of Fitchburg. Democrats are also trying to reclaim a seat in Peabody that the party held until the death of Joyce Spiliotis in 2014. Republican Leah Cole won that seat in a special and resigned last year mid-term to focus on her nursing career.

Peach is running against Democrat Thomas Walsh, a Peabody city councilor and former state representative who is trying to return to the Legislature.

ACTION ALERT: Call on Senator Joyce to Resign


Call to Action 
Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance called on Senate President Stanley Rosenberg to initiate the expulsion of Milton State Senator Brian Joyce.


You may remember Joyce as the senator with the cleanest clothes in the Commonwealth. Several Boston Globe investigations alleged that he has been shaking down a local dry cleaner for more than a decade, insisting on free services for him, his family, and friends. Joyce is also the guy who used political donations for a family graduation party and his personal car expenses.


The FBI and the IRS raided Joyce’s Canton law office. To be fair, a raid doesn’t equal a conviction. The time to expel him from the Senate is now. With his stained character, Joyce can’t be an effective senator. The federal investigation will likely be prolonged, and the senate itself bears a stigma as long as Joyce has a seat in the chamber.


Contact your state senator today to urge Senate President Rosenberg to immediately call for Joyce’s resignation and begin the process of expelling him from the legislature.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:

Arciero Votes for Millionaires Tax


Committee approves millionaires tax

Would impose 4% surtax on income over $1m


THE LEGISLATURE’S COMMITTEE ON REVENUE on Thursday morning gave its stamp of approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would establish a 4 percent surtax on income in excess of $1 million in a bid to raise $1.9 billion.

The proposal (H 3933) seeks to raise additional revenue for education and transportation initiatives by hiking the tax rate for earnings in excess of $1 million to about 9 percent.

Revenue Committee Chair Rep. Jay Kaufman on Thursday praised the Raise Up coalition, who spearheaded the effort for the constitutional amendment, in remarks following a favorable vote on the measure.

Without debate on the matter, the committee voted 12-4 to recommend that the bill ought to pass.Rep. Walter Timilty, a Milton Democrat, joined Republicans Sen. Ryan Fattman, Rep. Randy Hunt and Rep. Shawn Dooley in voting to recommend that the bill should not pass.

[Watch: Revenue Committee Vote]Supporters pressed lawmakers last week to advance the proposal, arguing that the “fair share amendment” would allow the state to put money into transportation projects and education without hitting the middle class with a tax hike.

Raise Up Massachusetts, the group behind the proposed amendment, has estimated the surtax would affect 14,000 individuals, generating between $1.3 billion and $1.4 billion in additional revenue, while the Department of Revenue estimated a higher yield of $1.6 billion to $2.2 billion with $1.9 billion as the median.

Opponents argued that the amendment would have serious consequences that are

Revenue Committee Chair Rep. Jay Kaufman on Thursday praised the Raise Up coalition, who spearheaded the effort for the constitutional amendment, in remarks following a favorable vote on the measure. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]

Revenue Committee Chair Rep. Jay Kaufman on Thursday praised the Raise Up coalition, who spearheaded the effort for the constitutional amendment, in remarks following a favorable vote on the measure. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]

not being considered by proponents, like the possible outward migration of Bay State millionaires and the impact on the state budget of the associated decline in capital gains taxes.“On principle, one thing I believe is that you don’t raise people up by tearing others down,” Fattman, who said he would be drafting the minority report, said after the committee vote. “An income tax the way it is is a fair tax and everyone pays the same thing, so in principle, when we talk about fairness, I think that’s fair.”

Fattman also said that if the amendment were to become law, it could dissuade corporations from choosing to base themselves in Massachusetts.“We just attracted GE to come here and I don’t think it makes sense to give anybody any questions about where we’re going as a state with the business climate. We want to make sure that we continue to attract people,” he said.

Rep. Jay Kaufman, co-chair of the Revenue Committee, praised the work of the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition in gathering the signatures necessary to get the proposal before the Legislature and said that he expects the question to go to voters on Nov. 6, 2018 — 1,013 days from now.

“This proposal come to us at the intersection of two huge challenges, the challenge first to find the financial wherewithal to meet the needs of Massachusetts families and have the education and transportation that are a vital part of a vibrant economy,” he said. “And second the challenge to address the gross wealth and income inequality in the state. We are number one in the nation in our inequality, not a distinction we want or need.”

If the proposal is advanced by House and Senate members meeting jointly in Constitutional Conventions this session and in the 2017-2018 session, the question could go to voters in November 2018.

The next meeting of the Constitutional Convention is Wednesday, Feb. 3, but it’s not clear that the proposal will surface for a vote then. Since it’s a citizen-sponsored amendment, the plan needs support from just 50 lawmakers in two consecutive legislative sessions in order to qualify for the 2018 ballot.

Fattman said he is interested to see the political dynamic of the convention, given that House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Wednesday pledged to keep new taxes and fees out of the fiscal 2017 budget.

“He said no new taxes, no new fees. When we go in on Feb. 3 I think that’s what a lot of members have to think about when they vote. This is a tax, this is a tax increase,” he said. “This is a tax increase vote on Feb. 3. I’m encouraged by the speaker’s position and I think he will be with me.”

Voting in favor of recommending that the proposal ought to pass were Kaufman, committee co-chair Sen. Michael Rodrigues, Rep. Timothy Toomey, Sen. James Timilty, Sen. Benjamin Downing, Rep. Denise Provost, Sen. Daniel Wolf, Rep. James Dwyer, Sen. Eric Lesser, Rep. Thomas Stanley, Rep. James Arciero and Rep. Alan Silvia.


Call to Action

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Common Core Question Goes to the Legislature

     Dear Friends,

        As you may have heard, the initiative petition to end Common Core in Massachusetts cleared a major hurdle late last year.  With the help of hundreds of grassroots volunteers, the campaign submitted over 100,000 raw signatures to the secretary of state, over 80,000 of which were certified.  This victory means the question will now be sent to the legislature.

   The Legislature has until May 3rd to act on the question which has been given bill number H 3929.  If the legislature ignores or votes down H 3929 we will need to help gather an additional 10,792 signatures beginning in May in order to make the ballot in November.  We need your to help to ensure the legislature doesn’t ignore the wishes of the tens of thousands of parents who signed the petition because they want Massachusetts schools to remain #1.

   The focus of the campaign over the next several months will be to encourage legislators to listen to the wishes of their constituents and pass H 3929.  We need your help to identify members who support and oppose the ballot question so we can focus our efforts more effectively.  Please take the time to contact your legislators and tell them to listen to the over 80,000 parents and educators who signed the petition and vote to pass H 3929.

Please click on this link to send your message.

Thank you,

Daniel Grayton
Operations Director


Creative Taxation


The Massachusetts Taxpayer’s Best Ally PAC (MTBA) is calling on MA voters to reach out the their legislators and tell them to vote against Bill S 2052 which recently pass the Senate.

The bill, incredibly would add a “User Fee” to every can of paint sold in the Commonwealth.  This fee would be over and above the existing sales tax already levied on each can of paint sold.  The concept of a “User Fee” is just another in a long list of creative new ways the legislature is attempting to get around direct tax increases, while sticking it to the taxpayers.  The most infamous of this new methods was their linking of gas tax increases to inflation.  That tax as you probably recall was killed with Ballot Question 1 in 2014.  The same principals who managed that effort are now head manning MTBA.

In their release Press Release, MTBA asks that you please let your legislator know that we will not tolerate any tax increase, regardless of the form in which they come.  Your legislator can be reached by calling the State House switchboard at 617-722-2000.  Tell them to vote against the Paint Stewardship bill S 2052.

This is no Joke!

Massachusetts Taxpayers Best Ally PAC

Formerly Tank Automatic Gas Taxes

For the first time in two months the Massachusetts State Senate held a full formal session. They should stay on vacation.

Today the Senate passed a new tax on paint.
Unfortunately, this is not a joke.
They are creating a “user fee” on every can of paint sold in Massachusetts. Add this to the list of 101 reasons to shop in New Hampshire.
This “fee” will be in addition to the sales tax we already pay.
The tax-and-spend liberals just don’t seem to get the message we pay enough in taxes. Why are they always looking to take more money out of wallets instead of ending the abuse of our tax dollars?
Help us stop this outrageous new tax by calling your legislator at 617-722-2000!
The legislation is called the Paint Stewardship bill and the number is S.2052. News

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