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Conflict of Interest Report – Bruce Tarr

BRUCE TARR (R) As Of March 2017, Tarr Has Received $834,827.49 In Campaign Contributions. (Massachusetts Office Of Campaign And Political Finance, Accessed 3/7/17) CONTRACTING INDUSTRY Tarr has received $11,500 from major contracting interests. Tarr sponsored bills providing safe harbor for contractors for services, requiring a notice to repair certain construction defects, and making the state  Full Article…

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Conflict of Interest Report – Anne Gobi

ANNE GOBI (D) As Of March 2017, Gobi Has Received $238,942.78 In Campaign Contributions. (Massachusetts Office Of Campaign And Political Finance, Accessed 3/7/17) UNIONS Anne Gobi has received at least $21,700 from union interests, primarily public employees. Gobi has sponsored several bills with measures favorable to public sector unions and employees. Major Contributors As Of  Full Article…

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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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Debate on Lyme Disease mandates ignores most effective treatment

While the state legislature debates mandating insurance coverage for long-term Lyme Disease treatment, they are ignoring the more effective way to treat the illness – vaccination. Just as dogs are regularly vaccinated for Lyme Disease, so too can humans receive a vaccine. The only reason it isn’t offered is because insurance companies refuse to include  Full Article…

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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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