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Top 5 Worst Senate Budget Amendments

The Senate’s Worst Budget Amendments The Massachusetts State Senate released its list of budget amendments last week and, as usual, they are a textbook case of wasteful spending. Every legislator is trying to funnel more money to their home district and pet projects. Massachusetts Citizens for Jobs read the amendments and compiled the Top Five  Full Article…

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Wasteful Budget Amendments

​Legislators are spending this week debating the state budget. Keeping with Beacon Hill’s tradition of wasteful spending, many of the budget amendments are nothing more than giveaways to politicians’ pet projects. Here at Massachusetts Citizens for Jobs, we track wasteful spending so the public is aware of how Beacon Hill is misusing our tax dollars.  Full Article…

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Bad Bill Alert – Needless Medical Bureaucracy

This Bad Bill thinks that Beacon Hill can do what doctors, scientists, and expert researchers can’t – fix pulmonary hypertension, better known as high blood pressure. Filed by Rep. Diana DiZoglio (D – Metheun), “An Act establishing a pulmonary hypertension task force,” creates an eight member task force that will do little besides file reports  Full Article…

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Bad Bill Alert – Protecting Failing Schools

This Bad Bill makes it harder for superintendents to fix failing schools. The bill, “An Act to restore collective bargaining for teachers and other school employees” by Rep. Marjorie Decker (D – Cambridge) would require the teachers’ union to approve any changes made to improve a failing school. This would make it harder to educate  Full Article…

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Lack of MBTA transparency costs taxpayers

Mass Citizens for Jobs has always been concerned about having a transparent government and the latest bad news from the MBTA shows the importance of effective public records laws. The MBTA retirement fund has always kept their accounting shrouded in secrecy. Now that it’s finally become public, thanks to one of the same accountants who  Full Article…

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Bill Galvin Dodges FOIA Request

Massachusetts Citizens for Jobs is disappointed but not surprised that Secretary of State Bill Galvin has failed to respond to our FOIA request. On June 12, 2015, we requested all the formal correspondence between Bill Galvin and the legislative leadership and their senior staff. We filed this request to uncover what, if anything, Secretary Galvin  Full Article…

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Bad Bill: Charter School Regulations

Charter School Regulations This featured Bad Bill  would create new regulations on charter schools that serve Massachusetts’ most disadvantaged communities. The bill, SB #326, was filed by Senator Marc Pacheco (D – Taunton) and is titled “An Act establishing a moratorium for Commonwealth charter schools.” The bill would eliminate the current flexibility charter schools have in hiring teachers and  Full Article…

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Bad Bill: American Flag Tax

American Flag Tax This featured Bad Bill is HB #3496, introduced by Rep. Cory Atkins (D – Concord), which creates a new tax on airplanes and the American flag. If enacted, this bill will make our state more expensive businesses. Also, it will make Massachusetts the first state to tax people for showing their patriotism. Why  Full Article…

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Mass Citizens’ Polling on the Olympics, MBTA Reform

Recently, Mass Citizens for Jobs commissioned polling about Governor Baker’s MBTA reforms and the proposed Boston 2024 Olympics. The full results of the poll can be downloaded at the end of this page, but here’s a summary: On the issue of MBTA reform, there was 59% support for suspending the Pacheco Act for the MBTA  Full Article…

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