Dan Allie, Westfield City Councilor, candidate for State Representative
Welcome to Westfield, Massachusetts
Thank you for visiting. As your City Councilor, Dan Allie is committed to making Westfieldthe best place to live, learn, work, bike, play and retire.
Its not that we don't pay enough in taxes; its that many of our TAX DOLLARS ARE NOT SPENT ON THEIR INTENDED PURPOSE for basic services, and we get so little for what we pay. We Can Do Better!
Take road maintenance for example; Westfield collects 4.5 million dollars a year in vehicle excise tax, but relies on Chapter 90 funds for road maintenance. In 2013, after Governor Patrick reduced road repair funding to cities by 100 million dollars for political reasons, Dan worked to highlight the problem.
Dan worked for increased funding for education and road maintenance.
Dan placed 2 questions on the local ballot seeking to restore Local Aid funding for education, and increase funding to cities for road maintenance. Candidate Charlie Baker promised to help cities hurt by these cuts.
On his first day in office, Governor Baker released the 100 million dollars for road maintenance. http://thewestfieldnews.com/author/dan/page/2
Westfield receives $600,000 for road maintenance. 1/8/2015
Unfortunately in 2015, none of this money or Chapter 90 funds went to road maintenance, but instead went to the bike trail. The work on Papermill and Shaker Roads was paid for using the "pothole funds" Gov. Baker released in response to the severe winter.
Cold patch is a complete waste of time and money.
Dan questions why the city did not invest $170,000 for "a truck mounted infrared technology unit" for pothole repair. This technology uses a small amount of new asphalt to turn a 6 x 8" patchwork of pothole repairs into a smooth drivable surface, that lasts for 7 to 10 years, thus reducing the need to repeatedly repair the same holes and hire outside contractors.
Westfield loses a million dollars a year in Local Aid education funding.
All revenues from the Mass State Lottery are to go to cities to fund education. Gov. Patrick took 700 million dollars out of the Lottery fund, including 2013 when the state had a 900 million dollar surplus.
Cuts in Local Aid hurts education and city budgets, and puts pressure to increase property taxes.
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, and concerned taxpayer, 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 living 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.
We were told that if gas taxes did not go up automatically, our roads and bridges would fall apart.
That is simply not true!
First, our roads are falling apart despite the state passing a 12.5 billion dollar transportation bond bill in March 2013. The legislature approved 300 million for local road repair. Gov. Patrick cut this amount by 100 million dollars. This was the money Gov. Baker restored.
Second, this question did not affect the 3 cent increase in the gas tax, only automatic increases.
Dan was 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) in Massachusetts is a dangerous thing. Dan gathered 1100 signatures to put Question 1 on the statewide ballot in 2014.
And finally, the truth is, much of the gas tax increase is being diverted to the MBTA, not to the roads.
2. Fighting to Restore Local Aid for Education
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.