He said GOP legislators proposed reforms that would have saved the state $2 billion, more than enough to offset the tax hike that was enacted, but they were voted down.
Nevertheless, “We’re not going away,” Tarr said.
Lyons, first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2012, said the solution to the state’s spending problems is basic.
“Elect more Republicans,” he said to cheers from the nearly 100 people who attended the gathering at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2104.
Kristi Devine of West Newbury asked the legislators what Massachusetts can do to rid itself of political corruption.
“We need to make sure we have the right candidate for attorney general,” Tarr said.
Former North Andover School Committee member Charles Ormsby asked how many people have been prosecuted for welfare fraud in Massachusetts. Tarr did not have an answer to that question, but said that the Bureau of Special Investigations, which is charged with going after welfare fraud, has not received the support it needs to fulfill that duty from the Patrick administration.