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Lyons Continues Fight for Local Aid

State Representative Jim Lyons releases a statement regarding the increase in local aid money to the communities of the 18th Essex District.

Continuing his advocacy on behalf of Local Aid, Representative Jim Lyons (R-Andover) reports that the Massachusetts Legislature has adopted the basis of his budget amendment to ensure that local school districts are better funded. Lyons sponsored Amendment 580 increasing Chapter 70 funding to meet the 17.5 percent target of the Foundation Budget to the Massachusetts state budget during House floor debate on Monday, April 23. On , June 28, the House and Senate included many ideas put forward in that proposal within the final budget document.

"Our most vital services," Lyons said, "are provided through our local communities: education, police, fire, libraries, public works, and public safety. This important first step shows the Legislature is starting to recognize the necessity of increasing Local Aid to cities and towns.

"By more fairly funding the Foundation Budget, we will see increases in state education aid in the 18th Essex District and throughout the Commonwealth. Make no mistake, this marks the beginning of the fight to fund Local Aid budgets at a predictable, consistent, and sustainable level."

Within the current 18th Essex District which Lyons represents, the Town of Andover will receive an additional $608,804 and the Town of North Andover is scheduled to receive an increase of more than $105,504. These are examples of the taxpayer dollars that will now be available for local communities to fund primary and secondary education.      

 

"This is a first step," Lyons reiterated, "but it is only the first of many steps forward needed to reform state government, to provide tax relief, and to increase Local Aid. I intend to continue fighting for taxpayers, working families, small businesses, and local communities.

"I will continue to vote against overblown budgets that maintain the misplaced priorities and out-of-control spending of the Patrick Administration," emphasized the Andover Republican, who applauded the Chapter 70 funding line item, while opposing the massive state spending blueprint.

"We are all witnessing rampant waste in the state EBT card program," Lyons added, "along with the abuse of Mass Health and Health Safety Net. And we see the political patronage and corruption in the probation system. Unfortunately, the Patrick Administration insiders and Beacon Hill power brokers fought against proposals to reform the state bureaucracy and prevent the EBT and Health Safety Net excesses.

"We should all be pleased," Lyons concluded, "that the Legislature is recognizing the need for greater Local Aid. We all rely on the services provided through our local communities. At the same time, we must cap property taxes and protect Proposition 2 1/2. The most effective way to achieve those twin goals is by ending this Administration's wasteful spending of our hard-earned taxpayer dollars. It's time to direct those precious resources to maintain strong local communities, while holding down property tax rates."

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BobDemers July 17, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Shouldn't the days of "I voted for it before I voted against it" be over? Rep. Lyons appears to be trying to have it both ways. He was one of the few votes against the budget, but he is now trying to take credit for what is in it. Rep. Lyons voted against school aid, and all local aid, to his district communities, including Tewksbury.
Don Ordway July 17, 2012 at 09:39 PM
I have not been this excited about a candidate in decades at any level of government. This may not be the forum for this but our country is about to make a major decision. Every issue is important and if we want to win we must begin. It begins with leadership, Jim Lyons will lead massachusetts back to a two party system. Watch things change when he does. Jim Lyons believes in the people and he understands where our Country and State are weak. He will change that with your help. His opponents may severley out number him but that only encourages him. If youy want more of the same vote for them. If you want to leave something for the next generation vote for Jim Lyons. His opponents are fighting for a job, Jim Lyons is fighting for the Country. He CARES and I think you care too. Kick the tires and check him out Massachusetts really needs him to lead us out of the quagmire. JIM LYONS WILL lead us into economic freedom. He is a man of ideas not waiting for money, campaign donations to begin the fight, he's been fighting as long as I have known him. Jim Lyons will win the battle of ideas. We need him on Beacon Hill. He really cares and will fight just as hard with a dime in his war chest as he will with $500K. He will do his best to keep Beacon Hill off our backs at our weakest moment. We are not in trouble for lack of tax revenues; we are in trouble because the spending of our tax $$ dollars is near criminal.
Anthony July 17, 2012 at 09:40 PM
His blog clearly states he filed an amendment to increase aid.. he even gives the amendment number. He filed it, he fought for it, and he managed to get it. He shouldn't take credit for that because he refused to vote for the other $32 billion of waste that they wanted to pass? Gimme a break, Demers. Especially one with so much frivolous spending? I'm proud that I have a Rep that can deliver to the district AND fight against the powers that be up there. GO LYONS!
BobDemers July 19, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Rep. Lyons's amendment was not approved. The article states that the final bill '...included many ideas put forward in that proposal...', but itwas not his amendment and it is quite a stretch for Mr. Lyons to take credit for the final bill that was passed -- which he ultimately voted against. Again, he was for it before he was against it. Rep. Lyons voted against school & local aid to the Town of Tewksbury.
Michael Quinlan July 19, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Even a Democrat operative shows disdain for John Kerry ("I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it."). Perhaps there is hope...
jaffa August 07, 2012 at 05:43 AM
The budget advocacy also enables citizens and social action groups to compel the government to be more alert to the needs and aspirations of people in general and the deprived sections of the community. Thanks. Regards, http://www.cvhelp.org/
jaffa August 21, 2012 at 11:41 AM
In this scenario, each company still looks independent, and has its own customers, etc. In the other style, a bank would simply create its own brokerage division or insurance division and attempt to sell those products to its own existing customers, with incentives for combining all things with one company. Thanks. Regards, http://www.judithbuysdentistry.com/

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