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, reducing burdensome regulations and creating 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.
Dan is Working for Westfield and placed 3 questions on November ballot.
1. Vote Yes on Question 1
Dan believes it is wrong to increase taxes without the vote of the legislature. That is taxation without representation. An automatic taxing mechanism is Massachusetts is a dangerous thing. That is why he gathered 1100 signatures to put Question 1 on the statewide ballot this November.
2. Restore Local Aid for Education, Police and Fire back 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. This money must be made up and and puts pressure on municipalities to increase property taxes.
FACT: In 2013 the state had a 900 million dollar surplus in revenues above projections.
There is no justification for the state to take our local aid money out of the Lottery Fund.
3. Increase funding to cities for Road Maintenance and Repair.
Last summer, the state raised the gas tax from 3 cents to 24 cents and reinstated the tolls on the Mass Pike. In March, 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 the budget for road maintenance is only 1.3 million dollars, for 400 miles of road. The roads have never been worse and at this level of funding will never be maintained.
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.
See tax dollars go toward their intended purposes.
Another missed opportunity. More taxes increases and less services.
Last year, Massachusetts had a 900 million dollar surplus. It should have left the Lottery Fund alone. The state could also have taken 10% of the surplus and restored local aid to every city and town in Massachusetts.
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.