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Merrimack Valley

October 29, 2012

Finegold, Adams display stark differences

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Finegold said during a recent interview with The Eagle-Tribune that he helped push for more local aid for all four communities in the district.

“This past year when the House sent over his budget, I was not satisfied with the local aid that the town of Andover was getting back,” Finegold said. “As a result, Andover got the largest amount of local aid, ever.”

In regards, to voting to raise the sales from 5 to 6.5 percent in 2009, Finegold said he needs to make a tough vote, during tough times.

Adams said at the Tewksbury debate that there is an overspending and over regulation problem on Beacon Hill.

“The spending is absolutely out-of-control and its got to stop,” Adams said. “That is going to happen when there is more balance on Beacon Hill, specifically when there is more Republicans.”

The largest issue facing the district is jobs, Finegold said.

He said he played a key role in securing funding for the Northern Essex Community College expansion in downtown Lawrence, which will help train people for jobs in healthcare. “What we need to do is to train people the skills they need to get these types of jobs,” Finegold said.

Finegold said he has worked with Sal Lupoli on the Riverwalk project and helped recruit Eastern Bank to open on Essex Street. He said with the bank’s commitment to lending it will help small businesses open.

“I think that is the most effective way to bring jobs, to create small businesses,” Finegold said.

Adams said during a forum in Lawrence that he will be a consistent voice for the business community in Lawrence.

“Instead of picking individual businesses and picking individual employers,” Adams said. “Let’s open up the free market process and allow all employers who want to come to the city who have huge employment base here and support them.”

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