Rep. Adams Says He Is 'Disappointed" on DeLeo's Comment on Taxes
State Rep. and State Senate candidate Paul Adams speaks out against the house leadership's position on raising taxes during the next legislative session.
This was provided by the office of State Rep. Paul Adams.
State Rep. Paul Adams, currently a candidate for State Senate, said recently he was extremely disappointed in the Speaker of the House of Representatives Robert DeLeo telling the media last week that he can’t guarantee he won’t try to raise taxes in the next legislative session.
“It’s unfortunate that Speaker DeLeo is now paving the way to raise taxes starting next year. There is considerable pressure by the Governor and members in the Legislature to create new taxes, increase taxes and put in place policies that hurt job creation and businesses,” Adams said.
Rep. Adams (R-Andover) said he was one of only 16 legislators to receive a 100% rating from the Citizens for Limited Taxation this Legislative session, and he said his voting record shows he’s the only candidate who won’t raise taxes on middle class families and small businesses. The same group gave Senator Barry Finegold a 27% rating.
“It’s clear that if the families and businesses of the Second Essex and Middlesex district want someone to fight for lower taxes, I’m the only candidate with a proven record of fighting for that cause,” Adams said
While no one knows what taxes will be pushed, Rep. Adams said that typically the progressive liberals on Beacon Hill always talk about raising taxes on popular consumption items. The Governor and some in the Legislature want to create a new online sales tax of 6.25% and increase the gasoline tax, tax items like soda and candy. Rep. Adams said raising taxes during an economic recession is always a bad idea. Cities and towns that border New Hampshire are especially hurt when the Legislature votes to raise taxes, since Massachusetts residents can save money by driving north or consider relocating.
Rep. Adams said he is prepared to promise the Second Essex and Middlesex district that he will unequivocally not support any tax increases at this time, and expressed concern about how his opponent would vote on taxes. It’s no secret; the next Legislation session will include debates on tax increases and now is the time for voters to hear from the candidates how they stand on these important issues.
“The bottom line is there is a clear difference between Sen. Finegold and myself. He’ll support efforts to increase taxes, with a proven track record to back that up. I’m a friend of the tax payer who will not vote to raise taxes, and I have a proven track record as supporting the taxpayer.