Dykema's Taxation Record Becomes Campaign Focal Point
After Citizens for Limited Taxation endorsed Marty Lamb, Rep. Dykema's fiscal discipline is called in to question.
With the election less than two months away, candidates for the 8th Middlesex District Representative are sparring over the incumbent's record on state-imposed taxes.
"Rep. Dykema is no friend to taxpayers. She has routinely voted to waste tax dollars and refused to lower our state's hefty tax burden," Francis Faulkner, associate director of Citizens for Limited Taxation, said in a press release.
According to Dykema's campaign, being fiscally responsible doesn't necessarily mean lowering taxes.
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"[Fiscal discipline] 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," Dykema said in her own release.
CLT's endorsement for Lamb also calls attention to their "No New Taxes" pledge which they say he signed early in the campaign and Dykema refused to sign.
"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," Dykema said.
The endorsement comes after Lamb drew attention to the 6.25 percent sales tax last month on the Tax Free Weekend; a sales tax holiday Dykema has supported.