Dan Allie, Westfield City Councilor, candidate for State Representative
Working for Westfield
The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dan announced he would give up his full-time job in a business he helped build to serve as your state representative. Dan’s only priority will be Working for Westfield.
As a small business owner and manager, Dan knows how to promote people and grow jobs. Dan is committed to work to lowering taxes.
As a father, grandfather, homeowner and concerned taxpayer, Dan knows family budgets are stretched to the max.
Dan has placed 3 questions on the November ballot.
1. Repeal Automatic Gas Tax hikes.
Dan believes it is wrong to increase taxes without the vote of the legislature. That is why he gathered over 1100 signatures to put the question on the statewide ballot in November.
2. Increase Local Aid for Education, Police and Fire.
The Massachusetts State Lottery was created to provide revenues to cities. Cuts in Local Aid have helped cause property taxes to increase. Westfield has lost nearly a million dollars a year, for 5 years in a row!
3. Increase funding to cities for Road Maintenance and Repair.
Dan wants to:
Let us keep more of our hard earned paychecks.
Lower taxes and reduce regulations and grow our economy and jobs.
Stop taxing homeowners and businesses out of our city and state.
Fight to increase funding to cities and towns for Road Maintenance and Repair
Repeal Automatic Gasoline Tax hikes.
Another missed opportunity. More taxes increases and less services.
Last year, Massachusetts had over 900 million dollars in surplus revenues above projections. The state could have taken a small portion of that surplus, about 10% or a100 million dollars and restored local aid to every city and town in Massachusetts.
Instead, the state raised taxes by half a billion dollars, reinstated the tolls on the Mass Turnpike, and quietly passed a Gas Tax automatically linked to inflation.
The Mass Turnpike has been paid for many years was supposed to be maintained by vendor fees from gas stations, restaurants and billboards.
Massachusetts does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. And it is balancing its budget on our backs.
Our state budget has grown by six billion dollars in the last five years.
April 8 2014, Boston State House – Democrat majority voted to not allow any amendments or debate on local aid, education funding or EBT reform during the budget process. Dan believes this is wrong.
Westfield has lost nearly a million dollars a year in Local Aid for 5 years in a row. Property taxes are increasing every year.
When the Massachusetts State Lottery was created in 1971, we were told it would reduce taxes and provide revenues to cities for police, fire and education.
On March 12th, our state legislature approved a local aid resolution for 2015 adding $25 million more “Unrestricted” local aid, and $100 million more for school districts across Massachusetts.
While this sounds like “great news”, the truth is it should have been more. After all, the money already exists in the Lottery Fund profits. This was immediately followed by an increase in Registry fees and closing of registry locations, leading to long lines.
Republicans proposed increasing the amount of unrestricted local aid to $75 million and Educational funding to $113 million, but the majority party does not agree.
Local aid is the amount of state funding that cities, towns and school districts can expect, and allows them to make more intelligent decisions during their budget process. Republicans proposed that local aid amounts be announced in March, before cities like Westfield tackle their budgets, but the majority party does not agree.
Local aid is important to cities like Westfield because it helps keep pressure off local property taxes to pay for basic services such as police and fire protection.
On April 8th, the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted along straight party lines on the rules to not allow any amendments or debate on local aid, educational aid or EBT reform during the budget process.