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Conflict of Interest Report – Sal Didomenico

SAL DIDOMENICO (D) As Of March 2017, DiDomenico Has Received $758,294.52 In Campaign Contributions. (Massachusetts Office Of Campaign And Political Finance, Accessed 3/7/17) UNIONS DiDomenico has received $77,045 from union-related interests, including at least $5,500 from teachers’ unions. Tied to these education unions, DiDomenico has sponsored bills regulating charter schools. More broadly, DiDomenico has sponsored  Full Article…

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Conflict of Interest Report – Rep. James Murphy

JAMES MURPHY (D) As Of March 2017, Murphy Has Received $402,402.06 In Campaign Contributions. (Massachusetts Office Of Campaign And Political Finance, Accessed 3/7/17) UNIONS Murphy has received $35,934 from major union-related interests. Murphy has sponsored and co- sponsored several bills relating to protecting workers from wage theft, the prevailing wage, a living wage, and other  Full Article…

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Legislative Pay Raise

The legislature overrode Governor Baker’s Veto of a bill that would raise pay for some members of the legislature by over 45%. The Governor thought that the bill was excessive while members of the legislature were quick to override the veto.

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Bad Bill Alert – Corporate Charity Regulation

Corporate Charity Regulation This Bad Bill would create needless regulations for corporations’ charitable efforts. The bill, “An Act to require corporate social responsibility reporting” forces businesses to file a report with the Secretary of State detailing their charitable involvement and official corporate policies toward “diversity, social issues, charity and community service, and on the environment.”  Full Article…

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Bad Bill Alert – Redundant Department

This Bad Bill Alert is about HB2811 – “An Act establishing an office of access and opportunity.” Despite the name, the law would not expand access or opportunity. Instead, it would simply create a duplicative government agency, cost taxpayers money, and do nothing that the existing anti-discrimination organizations don’t already accomplish. Sponsored by Rep. Byron Rushing  Full Article…

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Bad Bill Alert – Fracking Ban

A new Bad Bill of the Week wants to ban hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, despite the process not actually happening in Massachusetts. Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D – Marblehead) filed the bill titled “An Act preventing the disposal of hydraulic fracturing wastewater” that would functionally prohibit fracking in Massachusetts. Her goal is to stop  Full Article…

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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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