Thursday, March 19, 2009

Nassour Says Governor Should Focus On Reform

GOP Says Patrick Has Questions To Answer

Boston, MA - The Massachusetts Republican Party today issued the following statement in response to news that
Governor Patrick will call on the Turnpike Authority to use cash reserves to delay a toll hike scheduled for March 29th.

MassGOP Chairman Jennifer Nassour said, "If the Patrick Administration could tap cash reserves, why wasn't this option clearly explained earlier to the toll- and taxpayers? Why are they waiting until the last-minute to make this suggestion? Why has the Governor said nothing about his administration's failure to make reforms, like the promise to reduce 100 jobs at the Turnpike? Why hasn't the governor forcefully rejected his Transportation Secretary's declaration that 'reform before revenue' is a 'meaningless slogan'?"

"The Governor needs to stop focusing on tax and toll increases and start putting some serious effort into real reforms, including eliminating wasteful spending like the no-show jobs on Beacon Hill and the newly created jobs for his friends and neighbors. The Governor needs to explain to the hardworking families of Massachusetts who are struggling to manage their own household budgets why he chose to try to ram through an 11th hour tax increase instead of tackling real, obvious reforms," concluded Nassour.