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July 3, 2013

Letter: Markey's priorities do not bode well for the state

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Regarding the infrastructure repair component, the measure adds a 3 cent gasoline tax and a $10 cigarette tax, which will create an allocation of funds that will be specifically reserved for just the purpose of addressing infrastructure needs for many years. Add to this compromised legislative accomplishment last year’s federal overhaul of transportation spending and one has to wonder, what is the intent of new proposed legislation that Markey is referring to? Does he simply embark on new legislation to superimpose or eliminate those now in progress that reflect years of conflict that have resolved to productive compromise?

Lastly, Markey announced the “ … unleashing of a green energy revolution.”

Without any specificity on this initiative, which will likely compete with already a heavily laden structure of restrictive legislation that is detrimental to economic growth, we are witnessing the beginnings of a void of representation for the people of Massachusetts. I remain hopeful that some day the citizenry will deliver to Capitol Hill enlightened leadership where a genuine desire to represent the vital interests of constituents with an ability to work in partnership with fellow legislators trumps the need for unilateral zeal.

For now, it appears we will have to sit out the next 17 months before there is an opportunity for this dynamic to have a chance to materialize.

Joe D’Amore

Groveland

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