This Letter to the Editor was sent in support of Barbara L'Italien for State Rep.
Dear Editor, Just a couple of years ago, our country was embroiled in a serious, yet divisive debate on how to manage our nation’s healthcare. Democrats and Republicans refused to cooperate in addressing this pressing issue and Washington DC was left in gridlock. As our nation’s capital stood at a standstill, Massachusetts was in the process of setting an example when it came to both healthcare policy and political cooperation. Leading this example was Barbara L’Italien, who was showing DC that it was possible for the different political parties to work together. While Washington was left arguing, Barbara L’Italien was in Boston working with advocates, parents and politicians of all stripes in building support for legislation that would …
State Rep. Paul Adams submitted this letter to the editor about the need for fiscal sanity in the state budget process.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Two weeks ago, after 10 minutes of debate, the House of Representatives passed another massive, $200 million bond bill just to pay for annual transportation operating expenses. This action demonstrates the ease with which extraordinary indebtedness and overspending—pervasive on Beacon Hill—creates structural deficits that fracture our economic recovery. I offer warnings and solutions to this business as usual. First, the state must learn to fund critical services, such as basic transportation projects, in our annual operating budget. For too long, the regular budget has been a special interest giveaway, and basic services are placed before the legislature as individual bills or bond sales at a future date, making it seem politically …