In Boston, Clinton Unveils Plan For Multi-Billion Dollar Spending Spree To Shore Up Left Wing

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BOSTON — As Hillary Clinton lands in Boston today, she is continuing a frantic rush to the extreme left to appease left-wing activists and union bosses amid Bernie Sanders’ rising support. Clinton’s latest tactic is to unveil a new plan for another Washington spending spree. But her record indicates she fails to reveal just how much she plans to raise taxes for her new big-government programs.

“Hard-working taxpayers should be wary of Hillary Clinton’s proposed hundreds of billions of dollars in new spending that she is unveiling today in Boston,” said MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes. “Clinton has already promised new programs with enormous price tags, without specifying how she’ll pay for it. Now, as Bernie Sanders continues to pick up union support, it’s clear Clinton is playing to the far-left with this multi-billion dollar spending spree pitch.”

Background:

Clinton Plans To Unveil Her Latest Plans For A Washington Spending Spree, After Failing To Specify Who Will Pay For Her Existing Proposals

Hillary Clinton plans to unveil a new big-spending program in Boston today.“Hillary Clinton will unveil the largest plank of her economic agenda in the coming weeks, proposing hundreds of billions of dollars in spending, primarily on infrastructure projects, according to a campaign aide,” (Abby Phillip, Clinton to unveil large economic spending proposal in Boston, Boston Globe, 11/29/15)
Clinton has already released at least $500 billion other spending plans, but “it Isn’t clear yet” who would face few taxes, or what deductions and loopholes she would close. “The Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign estimates that her plan — which would include ‘no-loan tuition’ at state schools — would cost about $350 billion over 10 years. Like many candidates, lawmakers and presidents before her, she is looking to the richest Americans to foot the bill. ‘Clinton’s New College Compact plan … will be fully paid for by closing tax loopholes and expenditures for the most fortunate,’ according to documents from the campaign. Just how fortunate isn’t clear yet, nor is it clear which specific tax breaks and ‘loopholes’ Clinton will target specifically.” (Jeanne Sahadi, “Who Will Pay For Hillary Clinton’s College Plan,” CNN, 8/10/15)
Clinton has made “no reference to the cost of financing” her childcare initiative, which will cost at least $200 billion. “In addition, Clinton ‘called for doubling our investment in Early Head Start and the Early Head Start-Child Care partnerships.’ There is a lot of background about the importance of early childhood education, but there is no reference to the cost or financing of the initiative.” (Phillip Klein, “Hillary Clinton ‘Fact Sheet’ On Her Universal Preschool Proposal Doesn’t Say How She’ll Pay For It,” The Washington Examiner, 6/15/15)

Clinton’s Trip To Boston Comes Amid Spiraling Support As Local Labor Leaders Scoff At Her Campaign 

Massachusetts union leaders have scoffed at the Clinton machine. “When asked about Clinton’s candidacy, [Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven] Tolman was less effusive: ‘Who? Who? Please. I mean with all respect, huh?'” (Brian Mahoney, “AFL-CIO leader tries to quell pro-Sanders revolt,” POLITICO, 7/3/15)

Influential local labor leaders are bucking Clinton and leading Bernie Sanders’ campaign among labor. “[Labor for Bernie] was created after Sanders announced his candidacy last spring by longtime organizers including Rand Wilson, who directs policy and communications for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 888 in Massachusetts.” (Josh Eidelson, Labor for Bernie Means Headaches for Hillary,” Bloomberg Politics, 11/12/15)

Major local unions are bucking Clinton and lining up behind Sanders. (NH Labor News, “Massachusetts & Rhode Island Telephone Workers Unions Endorse Bernie Sanders For President,” 9/27/15)

 

Mass property tax revenues grow by largest amount in five years

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By Michael P. Norton

State House News Service

Property tax revenues across Massachusetts rose by 4.1 percent in the last fiscal year, the largest annual increase since fiscal 2010, but cities and towns continue to struggle to pay for employees and services due to unfunded fixed costs, according to a new report.

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (MTF) concluded in its annual municipal financial data report that Bay State cities and towns are “stuck in an era of modest rebound.” Overall, total municipal revenues grew by 3.8 percent.

“The pursuit of the 5.2 percent average annual revenue growth we witnessed between 1982 and 2009 continues to become more unattainable in the short term,” MTF President Eileen McAnneny said in a statement.

The average salary for a municipal employee grew by 3.7 percent in the first half of fiscal 2015, compared to a 3.3 percent increase in average wages for private sector workers in Massachusetts, according to the report. Total spending on municipal wages grew by 4.5 percent because of the addition of 2,000 employees.

Cities and towns face a collective $45 billion in unfunded pension and retiree health-care liabilities, a burden that’s forcing local officials to make difficult decisions about spending priorities.

“Municipalities’ growing reliance on and limited control over property taxes, along with the unlikelihood of dramatic increases to state aid and local receipts, signals that municipal budgets must increasingly align with the slower growth rate of recent years,” the report said.

Local non-property tax receipts such as motor vehicle excise, hotel and meals taxes, building permits and service charges grew by $220 million in fiscal 2015. The 5.1 percent increase in those revenues was the largest leap since fiscal 2008.

Gov. Charlie Baker, who has emphasized his support for cities and towns sharing in the state’s revenue growth, is scheduled next month to unveil his second state budget proposal, including proposed local aid levels for fiscal 2017 which starts on July 1, 2016.

Cities and towns use local aid to supplement property taxes, the two main revenue sources for municipal budgets. Property taxes across Massachusetts totaled $14.6 billion in fiscal 2015, an increase of $579 million over fiscal 2014.

Opinion: Refugee Resettlement

 

October 1, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact:  Stephen Miller, 202.224.4124
 
Sessions Expresses Severe Concern Following Admin Refugee Testimony
 
“The testimony provided today only further erodes my confidence in our ability to vet Syrian refugees or to control the extraordinary expense imposed on taxpayers…
 
The responsible and compassionate course for the United States is to help assist in the placement of refugees as close to their homes as possible…Encouraging millions to abandon their homes in the Middle East only further destabilizes the region, while imposing enormous costs on an American public that is struggling with low pay, rising crime, high deficits, and overstretched community resources.”
 
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, issued the following statement today after the conclusion of the oversight hearing on the Administration’s planned refugee resettlement surge:
 
“Today the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest conducted an oversight hearing with four Administration officials responsible for administering America’s refugee programs.  The testimony provided today only further erodes my confidence in our ability to vet Syrian refugees or to control the extraordinary expense imposed on taxpayers.  The following facts were established conclusively:
 
·       We do not have access to any Syrian government database to learn the backgrounds of these refugee applicants.
·       We do not have adequate resources or records and will not conduct any meaningful investigation of each of the thousands of applicants.
·       The administration approves over 90 percent of all Syrian refugee applications.
·       We have no capacity to determine the likelihood that Islamist refugees, once admitted to the United States, will become involved with terrorist activity.
·       We are already struggling with a huge problem of prior Islamist refugees seeking to take up arms with terrorists, and we have every expectation that the Administration’s current refugee plans will exacerbate that problem.
·       It is not a probability, but a certainty, that among the more than 1 million migrants from Muslim countries we will admit over the next decade, a number will already be radicalized or radicalize after their entrance into the U.S.
·       With respect to cost, the $1.2 billion budget for refugee placement is only a minute fraction of the total expense, and does not attempt to measure the short-term or long-term costs of providing access to virtually all welfare, healthcare, and retirement programs in the U.S. budget, as well as community resources such as public education and local hospitals.
·       Robert Rector, with the Heritage Foundation, estimates the lifetime cost of benefits at $6.5 billion per 10,000 refugees.  In the most recent year, the Office of Refugee Resettlement provided services to some 140,000 newly-admitted refugees, asylees, and related groups.
 
The United States has let in 59 million immigrants since 1965, and is on pace to break all historical records within a few years.  We now face the enormous challenge of helping millions of our existing residents – prior immigrants, refugees, and the US-born – rise out of poverty.  Our first duty is always to those already living here.  The responsible and compassionate course for the United States is to help assist in the placement of refugees as close to their homes as possible.  Encouraging millions to abandon their homes in the Middle East only further destabilizes the region, while imposing enormous costs on an American public that is struggling with low pay, rising crime, high deficits, and overstretched community resources.”
 
U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) serves on four Senate committees: Armed Services, Budget, Environment and Public Works, and Judiciary, where he is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest. Visit Sessions online at his website or via YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Note: Please do not reply to this email. For further information, contact Sen. Sessions’ Press Office at (202) 224-4124.

Boston Globe – pro Olympics – Go Figure

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Last year,  when we did the ballot question the Boston Globe rarely covered our effort to repeal automatic gas taxes. I think I am being generous with my description . Now we are trying to prohibit tax dollars for the Olympics. Once again the Globe is not on the side of taxpayers, but rather the side of big contractors and the politically connected.

Next Thursday they are hosting a debate on the Olympics. We are NOT being included! 


Our organization collected over 146,000 signatures to repeal the gas tax. Despite being outspent 31 to 1, we defeated Beacon Hill and their powerful special interest groups 53 to 47%!

We have formally filed with OCPF and the Attorney General’s office. And yet, the Globe doesn’t invite us to participate.

We know why! They are in the tank for the Olympics. This debate is going to be an infomercial for the Olympics not a debate on how to protect the taxpayers!

Are you as outraged as me?

We can no longer silently take this Globe abuse!

Please join me in calling the Globe at 617-929-2000 to demand that we are included in the debate!

Please join me in emailing the Globe managing editor Christine Chinlund at chinlun@globe.com

Enough is enough!

Marty Lamb
Co-Chairman of Tank Taxes for Olympics

Westford Candidates

MEET & GREET

The WRTC will host a meet & greet for all candidates for municipal office on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The gathering will take place at the J. V. Fletcher Library main meeting room, lower level, beginning at 11:30 am, concluding by 12:30 p.m. The public is welcome.

Candidates will talk one-on-one with members and the public. Meet your Board of Selectmen candidate, Mark Kost and School Committee candidates, Avery Adam, Terry Ryan, Christopher Sanders and Pranav Mulpur. Planning Board incumbent, Dennis Galvin, will also answer your questions.

The municipal election is Tuesday, May 5th. Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

In addition to election of municipal officers, the ballot will ask the following:

“Shall the Town of Westford be allowed to exempt from the Provisions of Proposition 2 and 1⁄2, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to design and construct a new Center Fire Station on the town-owned parcel of land on Boston Road, north of Blakes Hill Road, including equipment and furnishings and all other costs incidental and related thereto?”

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