State Legislators Who Got Rid Of Tax Free Holiday Because We Couldn’t Afford It Just Gave Themselves $18 Million Raise – Here Are Their Names
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Well, they did it. A few days after Governor Charlie Baker vetoed a bill that would raise State Legislators salaries by 40%, along with all state judges, and increase stipends and pay for housing for the governor, both the House of Representatives and State Senate voted to override his veto. Here is a list of how everyone voted:
It’s the same exact way they voted before the veto. Not a single person had the good mind to switch their vote. They’re that sure you’ll vote them in next time.
Keep in mind, these are the same buffoons who cancelled last summers sales tax holiday because they said the state could not afford to lose the estimated $26 million in revenue that would’ve been lost. Instead they approved a bill that would give them an additional $18 million ANNUALLY!!! In other words, you have to pay more in taxes to fund this. They get a break, but you don’t. Unreal.
They did this because they think you wouldn’t notice. And they used Donald Trump as a distraction. Seriously, check out the Twitter pages for some of these fools. Not one of them has mentioned voting on this raise. Instead we have Jamie Eldridge blaming Trump for everything:
(No point blocking Jamie, we have multiple Twitter handles)
Here’s Boston State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz:
In Central Mass we had four State Representatives (John Mahoney, Dan Donahue, Jim O’Day and Mary Keefe) protesting outside of City Hall to make Worcester a sanctuary city:
— Rep. Jim O'Day (@RepJimODay) February 1, 2017
You might call them elected officials. The Mayor of Worcester calls them not educated stupid morons. These guys were literally protesting to make sure our city lost $59 million in federal funding. They wanted that. And two days later they vote themselves gigantic pay raises. They are crooks.
Fitchburg and Leominster both have brand new state representatives who were just elected. Stephan Hay (Fitchburg) and Natalie Higgins (Leominster) both voted to give themselves a raise. Once again, it’s their first week on the job. And they already got a 40% raise. Insane.
State Senator Jennifer Flanagan, who represents both Leominster and Fitchburg, voted for the pay raise. Here’s what she’s been up to all week:
She just voted to bring in more people who will need more money for more government services. Which is fine, so long as you’re not also voting yourself a gigantic pay raise. Which she just did.
Harold Naughton from Clinton voted for the raise. We could be here all day shaming these assholes if we wanted to. Instead we would recommend you look up who your State Senator is by clicking here, and who your State Rep is by clicking here, and email them and let them know that it’s unacceptable for them to vote themselves a pay raise while voting for a tax increase. They work for us. We have the power to remove them.
The only Worcester Representative who didn’t vote for the pay raise was Kate Campanale. Because she rocks. State Senator Michael Moore did the right thing and crossed party lines to deny himself the raise. Just like Donnie Berthiaume, Peter Durant, and State Senator Anne Gobi did. All three of them represent Spencer. Why does Spencer have better leadership than Worcester? Sad.
Shoutout to all 52 elected leaders who thought of the people first. This includes the handful of honest democrats like Dracut’s Colleen Garry (one of the best in the state), Mike Moore, and Gobi.
James Dwyer, a democrat from Woburn, also voted against it. He also sponsored a bill making the sales tax holiday permanent. See? Democrats can be normal, non-corrupt elected officials. It’s possible. Other notable democrats who crossed party lines include:
- David Calter from Kingston
- Jonathan Hecht from Watertown
- Paul Heroux from Attleboro
- Denise Provost from Somerville
- Diana DiZoglio of Methuen
- Michael Connolly of Cambridge
That’s it for democrats in the House. Just 8 of the 116 voted against the pay raise. Every single Republican voted for it.
The timing is particularly bad because the same Democratic legislative leaders now getting big bonuses decided last summer to skip the traditional sales tax “holiday” because the state could not afford to forgo the estimated $26 million in revenue that would have been lost. It was only the second year since 2004 that consumers did not benefit from the tax holiday.
It’s actually a 46% pay boost, and the annual salary will rise by over $40,000. When teachers and cops get raises, it’s 1 or 2%. And that’s after years of collective bargaining and giving something up in order to get that. Our elected leaders don’t have to give up anything. Nor do they have to bargain for their contracts. They just get to arbitrarily decide what’s fair. That’s insane.
The 27th Amendment to the Constitution says that Congress cannot vote itself immediate pay raises. If they do vote to give themselves a raise, it won’t come into effect until after the next election. It’s a brilliant Amendment that gives voters the chance to get rid of a scumbag before they can get the raise they just voted for. But on the state level no such amendment exists. Perhaps there should be. Just sayin.
The most fucked up part about this is that it was done at a time when no one would be paying attention. We’re 22 months away from any of them facing a reelection challenge. Everyone is talking about Trump, immigration, hot mics, morons, and the Patriots about to win the Super Bowl. They know this. That’s why they snuck it through now. Don’t let them get away with it. Act now.
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