Sandwich—Today Tom Keyes, candidate for State Senate in the Plymouth & Barnstable District, cautioned voters that Senate President Therese Murray is going to raise taxes if re-elected.
“Over and over again we have heard the same mantra from the Senate President-reform before revenue. It is a polite way of saying she won’t raise your taxes during an election year, but she is going to raise them if re-elected,” said Keyes. “I know that she thinks our state’s economy is humming along, but when I am visiting voters door to door, they don’t feel the same way. Like me, they know we are still in this tough recession. Raising taxes during a recession is just plain wrong.”
Last week the State House News Service reported that Speaker Robert DeLeo is considering tax hikes for next year. The article further reports that the Senate President declined to comment.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that her decline to comment means she is going to raise taxes again,” said Keyes.
Murray has a long history of embracing taxes. The last time Murray received a rating (2005-2006) from Citizens For Limited Taxation it was a dismal 7%. That means at that time she voted against taxpayers 93%. Now as Senate President, she is the chief leader for passing tax increases.
She passed the sales tax hike and under her leadership the Senate created the double taxation on alcohol. Murray is so addicted to taxpayer dollars that last spring she declared the budget not to be a money bill in order to avoid even considering an amendment to reduce the tax burden.
“Only in Massachusetts would a budget not be a money bill. As Senate President she won’t even allow debate on possibly cutting taxes. That’s not democracy. Worse yet, it shows you that with her in office the taxpayers will never get a break,” added Keyes.
On the other hand Keyes has signed Citizens for Limited Taxation’s “No New Taxes” Pledge.
“As the next State Senator, I want to lower the tax burden for our working families and retirees. People deserve to keep more of their paychecks and savings,” said Keyes. “It is not that people don’t want to pay their fair share. They are sick and tired of Beacon Hill reaching into their wallets for the mismanagement of the state.”
The “No New Taxes” pledge clearly states as a member of the Massachusetts State Senate Tom Keyes would oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.
“This November voters will have a distinct choice between candidates. They can choose between a tax-and-spend liberal who reaches into your wallet every time the legislature over spends or a self-employed entrepreneur who will fight to cut taxes,” said Keyes.
Keyes, 45, has served on the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates and as a Sandwich Selectman. He has also served on numerous boards and committees including: Water Quality Review Committee, Sandwich Economic Development Committee as liaison of the Board of Selectmen , Cemetery Commission, Assembly of Delegates Standing Committee on Economic Affairs, the 21st Century Taskforce to review the Cape Cod Commission and draft operational changes to the County Commissioners, President of the Cape Cod Selectmen and Councilors’ Association and Board of Directors, member of the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s Selectmen and Councilors’ Association and member Board of Trustees Sandwich Glass Museum/Sandwich Historical Society.
Keyes founded his private practice, Keyes Quality Systems in 1998, providing consulting and contract services in management, ethics and compliance. He and his wife, Melissa have two daughters, Madelynn, and Julia.