EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 24, 2012

Letter: Adams is best choice for state Senate

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

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 and representing his district to heart.

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

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. Paul Adams has dedicated his efforts working towards creating an economic environment fighting for reducing taxes, government regulations, and mandates providing profit incentive for businesses to expand operations and encouraging them to create private sector jobs.

It’s a tough fight. We need more representatives in the Massachusetts Legislature like Paul Adams to help make Massachusetts a state people want to move to instead of moving out of for better opportunities elsewhere, which causes Massachusetts to lose both tax revenue and congressional seats.

Paul has fought to reduce the sales tax, eliminate the meals tax, and certainly won’t be looking to institute any alcohol taxes. Paul Adams championed a regulation reform bill requiring the state to produce price tags on regulations before instituting them. This prevents the state from simply slapping new regulations on businesses and consumers adding on to them unlimited costs.

Looking closely at Barry Finegold’s record he: instituted the alcohol tax; increased the sales tax by 25 percent to 6.25 percent; and instituted the meals tax adding a 0.75 tax to your bill. Adding both the sales and meals tax increase your tax for dining out dining out rose 40 percent, from 5 percent to 7 percent. Finegold also fought against reducing the personal income tax; cut local aid by $450 million dollars; increased corporate taxes on large employers with assets in other states, creating disincentives for them to locate in Massachusetts or hire here.

Finegold has 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 governor’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 and 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.

Our district deserves a change.

Bill Josephson