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December 7, 2012

Benton: Spiliotis' winning formula

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Count Citizens for Limited Taxation among those concerned about the liberalizing effect of last month’s election, which resulted in another Democratic sweep of state and federal offices.

In a recent memo to legislators, CLT warned against any attempt to institute the graduated income tax being pushed by members of the “union-liberals coalition” that propelled Elizabeth Warren to victory in the U.S. Senate race and saved the scalp of North Shore Congressman John Tierney.

Concerns about a return to the tax-and-spend policies of the past may be legitimate given the recent decision to boost state workers’ salaries even as the commonwealth faces a $549 million budget gap.

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It comes as no surprise to find Mayor Kim Driscoll jumping aboard CinemaSalem owner Paul Van Ness’ effort to raise $60,000 for needed updates to the downtown movie house.

Driscoll realizes the importance of such a venue — along with hotels, quality small stores, museums and plenty of public art — to keeping the city’s central business district alive and worthy of accolades like the best shopping district designation recently bestowed on it by the Retailers Association of Massachusetts.

Look for Driscoll to be the subject of a profile in an upcoming issue of MassINC’s CommonWealth magazine, which will look at her tenure as Salem’s chief executive and speculate on her future political aspirations.

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Nelson Benton spent 40 years covering politics on the North Shore before retiring from The Salem News. Contact him at nelson.benton3@gmail.com.

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