Finegold did not address Adams’ accusation but said the Lawrence is in a better financial condition with a state overseer in place.
“As far as the city goes, what we have to do moving forward is create jobs. We have to improve the tax base to make sure people can get jobs and have a stronger economic base,” Finegold said. “What I have done in that area is I have worked to recruit companies there.”
The discussion also focused on various tax increases, including a proposal to increase the gas tax that would go directly into fixing infrastructure.
“I don’t think it is a good idea,” Finegold said of the proposed increase. “I think we have to make sure we are using everything we have right now efficiently and effectively as possible.”
Adams also disagreed with the increase.
“My approach is to first look at where we are spending money on Beacon Hill,” Adams said. “What I support is making sure we know what we are spending our money on in this monstrosity of a $33 billion budget and making sure we are focusing on what our priorities are instead of what the go along, get along crowd wants.”
The two candidates also talked about their “greatest errors of judgment” while in office after being prompted by one of the panelists
“When I was younger, I was determined and wanted to do big things for the district,” Finegold said. “I don’t think I spent enough time listening. That is why when I was elected Senator I said I needed to start the listening forums.”
Adams said he wouldn’t have voted for the fiscal year 2012 budget, calling the budget process “skewed.”
“It is full of big spending items I disagree with,” Adams said after getting a chance to take a closer look at the budget. “It is a process that doesn’t work.”