Dems' Economic Strategy: Raise Their Pay, Kill Jobs, And Abandon New Housing

BOSTON -- In their reckless, frantic rush at the end of the legislative session last night, Democrats demonstrated that their chaotic style of governing is wrong for Massachusetts.

"We knew the Democrats' end-of-session chaos was bad for government transparency, but it turns out it's even worse for our economy," said MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes. "Because of their inability to work on a responsible calendar, Democrats abandoned legislation to help our economy, like Gov. Baker's commonsense push to expand workforce housing, and 'accidentally' killed an entire industry and hundreds of jobs. Of course, Democrats had no problem working efficiently to raise their own pay to start the session, claiming they worked 'full time.' This rampant hypocrisy proves their reckless approach is wrong for Massachusetts."


Background:

Because of their end-of-session chaos, Democrats left Governor Baker's commonsense proposal to expand housing options for workers in Massachusetts. "Gov. Charlie Baker, who is also running for re-election, got much of what he wanted Tuesday night, with the major exception being a zoning reform bill to clear the path for more housing construction." ("Health care, education bill talks falter at finish line," State House News Service, 8/1/18)

The Legislature's inaction killed an entire industry, putting hundreds of jobs at risk. "Live horse racing and simulcast events scheduled to take place this week in Plainridge and East Boston might have to be postponed — because Beacon Hill lawmakers may have inadvertently allowed horse racing to become illegal." (Mike Deehan, "Massachusetts May Have Just Accidentally Banned Horse Racing," WGBH, 8/1/18)

In contrast, Democrats moved efficiently to raise their own pay at the beginning of the legislative session, claiming they worked "full-time." "Rosenberg justified his recent pay hike by claiming legislators worked "full time." "'When you compare our base salary, the next of that group of four (states) — and that’s not arbitrarily selected, these are full-time urban legislatures — the next lowest is $85,000...'" (Kristen Giddings, "Senate president defends pay raises: ‘I know it’s not popular,'" Boston Herald, 2/22/17)

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