What Citizens for Limited Taxation Won't Tell You
WHAT CITIZENS FOR LIMITED TAXATION WON'T TELL YOU
… and My Opponent Won't Either
By State Representative Carolyn Dykema
The special interest group Citizens for Limited Taxation recently made statements about my record that need to be corrected. The truth is, fiscal discipline is key to my voting record.
Fiscal discipline doesn't just mean voting against taxes - it means paying our bills and being realistic about expenses. For too long, those running government, at every level, have put off paying down our debts so that they could fulfill empty pledges like those perpetuated by Citizens for Limited Taxation and their endorsed candidates. I call it the "have your cake and eat it too" strategy. And it's not a strategy that's in our interest or in the interest of future generations.
I believe that we need to be fiscally prudent and be able to make the hard calls.
My record shows that I can, and I have.
Here are some facts about my record that CLT won't tell you:
- I voted for budgets for the past three years that did not increase taxes or fees.
- I voted for budgets that maximized aid to cities and towns because every dollar that comes from the state is one less dollar that must come from local property taxes.
- I voted for budgets that increased our savings in the rainy day fund which is now one of the three highest in the country at $1.4 billion.
- I voted for sales tax holidays that have benefitted our residents and local retailers.
- I voted for municipal healthcare reform that is already saving towns millions of dollars annually,
a reform that has been attempted for decades and was not achieved until last year.
- I voted for reforms to the pension system - twice - including increasing the retirement age for state employees and addressing abuse. Expected savings to taxpayers over the next 30 years will total $5 billion.
- I voted for legislation to require performance-based management, provide data for a more disciplined approach to state budgeting, and require longer-term fiscal planning.
What you also may not know is that both the Massachusetts state income tax rate and the corporate tax rate decreased this year.
Because of our sound fiscal management policies, Standard and Poor's increased Massachusetts’ bond rating to AA+ last year. They cited our legislative efforts over the past few years when they rewarded Massachusetts with our highest credit rating ever.
We need to get the most value for every dollar, and we will. I promise to do that while also making sure that we can invest in education and infrastructure projects that will be the foundation for our future economic success, especially here in MetroWest.
There is another point made by CLT that needs to be addressed; their confirmation that my opponent has signed their "no new taxes" pledge. To my constituents, I want you to know that the only pledges I will ever take will be to you, not any special interest. Voters have had enough of elected officials who take their agendas from outside interests. I will always, and in every case, put your interests and those of our towns and our Commonwealth first.
Carolyn C. Dykema
8th Middlesex District