Monday, July 1, 2013

Senator Tarr's Statement on FY2014 Budget

Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) released the following statement today after the Legislature’s enactment of the Fiscal Year 2014 state budget:

“The Fiscal Year 2014 state budget approved by the House and Senate today and sent to Governor Patrick responds to many important spending priorities, and yet represents a substantial increase in state spending over the current fiscal year.

That increase in turn is dependent on major tax increases that will have a real impact on individuals, families and employers struggling to balance household budgets and create jobs and economic growth.  A gas tax increase that grows with inflation will be a continuing burden for drivers, and a new tax on computer and software services threatens to obstruct the growth of one of our most promising sectors, sending jobs to our competitor states.

Amidst major increases in spending and taxes, important reforms remain incomplete or undone in areas such as our welfare system, health care costs, procurement and transportation.

The focus of the budget should not be limited solely to spending, but to real priorities like implementing cost savings and helping employers create jobs.  With unemployment rising and reports that the economic recovery is stalling, we should not be creating major obstacles to economic growth.”