Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 25, 2012

Letter: Adams works hard, won't raise taxes

The Andover Townsman

---- — Editor, Townsman:

Paul Adams is a tirelessly hard worker. Including the primary, he’s knocked on over 25,000 doors. He prefers doing, fighting for the best interests of his constituents, taking his elected official responsibilities representing his district to heart.

I support Adams for a number of reasons. Most importantly this election is about private sector jobs, Massachusetts fiscally living within its means, and local aid money coming back to the district concurrently cutting/reining in Governor Patrick’s feckless spending, including on those illegally here, siphoning off much needed local aid money.

Our state unemployment is roughly 6.3 percent, but our economy could be doing much better when factoring in roughly 15 percent of people underemployed. Adams has dedicated his efforts working towards creating an economic environment fighting for reducing taxes, government regulations, and mandates providing profit motive incentive for businesses to expand operations encouraging their creating private sector jobs.

It’s a tough fight. We need greater numbers in the Massachusetts legislature like Paul Adams to help make this a state people want to move to, instead of moving out of for better opportunities elsewhere, causing Massachusetts to continuously lose both tax revenue and Congressional seats.

Adams fought to reduce the sales tax, eliminate the meals tax, and certainly won’t be looking to institute any alcohol taxes. He championed a Regulation Reform Bill requiring the state to produce price tags on regulations before instituting them preventing the state from simply slapping them on businesses and consumers adding on to them unlimited cost.

Looking closely at Barry Finegold’s record he:

Instituted the Alcohol Tax

Increased the sales tax by 25% to 6.25%

Instituted the meals tax adding a .75% tax to your bill

Adding both the sales and meals tax increase, your tax for dining out rose 40% , from 5% to 7%.

Fought against reducing the personal income tax

Cut local aid by $450 million

Increased corporate taxes on large employers with assets in other states--creating disincentive for them to both locate in Massachusetts and/or hire here.

Finegold’s been in the Massachusetts legislature now 16 years. He doesn’t seem to understand how deleterious his votes are to his district. He’s done nothing to encourage private sector jobs creation, nothing to rein in government spending, instead going along to get along with the gtovernor’s spending, and nothing to help the district acquire much needed local aid instead supporting the governor’s spending on illegal residents.

Send Paul Adams to the Senate, watch how hard he works to improve the district and Massachusetts as places to live and conduct business, while refusing to accept a state pension.

Bill Josephson

Salem Street