Dan Allie, Westfield City Councilor, candidate for State Representative
Thank you for visiting. Dan’s only priority is Working for Westfield.
As your City Councilor, Dan Allie is committed to making Westfield
a great place to live, work, play and retire, for everyone.
Westfield City Councilor Dan Allie placed 2 questions on the ballot, and authored resolutions from the City Council, one to the Speaker DeLeo and Governor-elect Charlie Baker requesting Local Aid and funds to cities for road maintenance be restored. On his first day in office, Governor Baker ordered the Department of Transportation to release $100 million dollars to cities. This represents about $660,000 for the city of Westfield.
As a small business owner and manager, Dan knows how to promote people and grow jobs.
Dan Allie is committed to working to lower property taxes, control spending, reduce burdensome regulations and create a business friendly environment.
As a father, grandfather, homeowner, concerned taxpayer and Westfield City Councilor, Dan knows family budgets are stretched to the max. Increasing property and other taxes hurt our economy and place a burden on working families, and seniors who want to live in their own homes. Dan is passionate about helping working families, small business owners, young people just getting started in life and seniors, especially those on fixed incomes.
1. Worked to Repeal Automatic Gas Tax Hikes.
Dan was recognized by TanktheGasTax Pac for his work, as part of the first all-volunteer effort since 1991 to successfully place a question on the statewide ballot. Dan believes it is wrong to increase taxes without the vote of the legislature. That is taxation without representation. Any automatic taxing mechanism, called (Indexing) is Massachusetts is a dangerous thing. That is why he gathered 1100 signatures to put Question 1 on the statewide ballot this November.
2. Fighting to Restore Local Aid for Education to FY 2007 levels.
The Massachusetts State Lottery was created to provide local aid revenues to cities for education.
The state has taken 700 million dollars out of the Lottery Fund in the last five years. Westfield has lost a million dollars a year, for 5 years in a row, including 2013 when the state had a 900 million surplus. Cuts in Local Aid put a strain on municipal budgets and services, and leads to increasing property taxes, one of the most regressive forms of taxation.
3. Worked to increase funding to cities for Road Maintenance.
In March 2014, the state passed a 12.5 billion dollar Transportation Bond Bill, but only allocated 200 million dollars for regular road maintenance, for the entire state.
Westfield collects 4 million dollars a year in vehicle excise tax, but has very little money budgeted to maintain 400 miles of road.
Dan wants to:
Let us keep more of our hard earned paychecks.
Lower taxes, reduce burdensome regulations, and grow our economy and jobs.
Stop taxing homeowners and businesses out of our city and state.
See tax dollars be used for their intended purposes.
Another missed opportunity. More taxes increases and less services.
In 2013, Massachusetts had a 900 million dollar surplus and could have left the Lottery Fund alone.
It did not. 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 years ago and many times over. It is 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.
Our state budget has grown by six billion dollars in the last five years.
April 2014, Boston State House – The Democrat majority voted not to allow any amendments or debate on local aid, education funding or EBT reform during the budget process. This is wrong.
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 and the state had a significant surplus. Republicans proposed increasing the amount of local aid to $75 million and Educational funding to $113 million, but the majority party does not agree.
This was immediately followed by an increase in Registry fees and closing of registry locations. This was unnecessary. The Registry of Motor Vehicles takes in 600 million dollars each year, but only needs 60 million for operations. That is a 540 million dollar profit and service has never been worse. People must travel just to get transponders and the Registry no longer mails license renewal reminders.
The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter. - Dwight D. Eisenhower