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April 18, 2014

Benton: Missing Massachusetts' unity, resolve

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The Arizona Republic, in an editorial Tuesday, rightly called the actions of these legislators “obscene.” Certainly, they would be a disappointment to Adams and others who fought so hard for the creation and preservation of these United States of America.

This Monday, the Sox will play at Fenway Park, and tens of thousands will line the streets of Boston, defying those who would seek to make us afraid and cheering on those with the will and stamina to make the long run from Hopkinton. A few miles away, others will witness the re-enactment of the 1775 Battles of Lexington and Concord that sparked the creation of a nation.

I’ll miss both the pageantry and sanity that prevails there.

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Count GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker as one who is impressed with the Bay State’s innovative spirit, but not the Legislature’s penchant for higher taxes and fees. He states in a recent opinion column:

“Massachusetts is a leader in creating new, better, less expensive ways of doing all sorts of things, but state government does little or none of it. Beacon Hill is happy to get creative about ways to take money from us — like high-speed toll collecting — but has no urgency about creating a modern RMV that doesn’t require hours of standing in line.

“It’s time state government embraced the innovation that is going on all around it.

In spite of what you hear from Beacon Hill, state government doesn’t have a revenue problem. Nor does the state lack resources to properly fund our education, transportation and social service priorities.

What it lacks is imagination, and a leader that will challenge the status quo.”

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