Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


January 24, 2013

Town Talk


“We need reform in state government, not unending tax hikes,” Lyons’ statement continued. “Every day news reports chronicle the scandals in the administration’s shoddy drug testing labs and in its lack of oversight of pharmaceutical manufacturing. It’s time to put a halt to these excesses. Instead of reforming state government, the Patrick Administration insists on pressing more and more burdensome taxes on working families.”

In another release two days later, Lyons said he supported a couple of Patrick’s positions.

“I strongly support rolling back the sales tax to 4.5 percent. After the punishing 25-percent sales tax hike Gov. Patrick pushed through in 2010, this rollback will provide essential tax relief to small retail businesses and all consumers in the Merrimack Valley,” Lyons stated.

“The appropriate funding of Chapter 70,” Lyons stated, “is long overdue. I proposed such legislation in (2012). At that time, the Patrick Administration fought against us. I am pleased that the governor has changed his position and now supports some of my local aid ideas.”

Campaign issue pursued

Andover Selectman Alex Vispoli has filed legislation through Jim Lyons to change state laws on campaign finance. His bill will require more transparency and allow voters to know who is paying for promotional literature. Vispoli last year lost a primary race for state senate to Paul Adams.

“Last year I received a ton of comments and support from people when I suggested my campaign finance reform plan. It was clear that people want more transparency when electing their officials, so I decided to file this important bill despite not winning the Senate seat,” said Vispoli.

Vispoli wants to eliminate cash donations to stop anonymous donations, and have full disclosure of who is responsible for all donations, campaign literature and phone calls.

Trying out comedy

The Great American Tavern in North Reading, just over the line from Andover on Route 28, is stepping into the world of stand up comedy starting Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. with a triple headliner show starring Las Vegas regulars Jim Lauletta and Frank Santorelli along with Boston favorite James Dorsey.

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