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Citizens For Limited Taxation Endorses Georgountzos

The state representative candidate pledged that the legislator will not vote for higher taxes but will instead fight waste, inefficiency, corruption and mismanagement in state government.

The Citizens For Limited Taxation 2 ½ PAC announced their endorsement of 40 candidates running for Massachusetts state office in the upcoming November elections. George Georgountzos, candidate for State Representative in the 31st Middlesex District—Winchester and Stoneham, was one of them.

In order to receive this endorsement, incumbents must have had a good CLT rating, and the 23 new candidates must have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and satisfactorily filled out the taxpayer-issues questionnaire.

The pledge is a promise to the voters that the legislator will not vote for higher taxes but will instead fight waste, inefficiency, corruption and mismanagement in state government.

Understanding the principle that every tax is a pay cut, and every tax cut is a pay raise, Georgountzos said like other fiscal conservatives, he is committed to standing up for more responsible and accountable government in order to truly represent constituents’ best interests.

Georgountzos can be reached through his website, www.georgeforstaterep.com, for more information.

Jon Carson October 26, 2012 at 01:14 PM
The pledge is the most ridiculous policy element devised. Revenue matters (as does cost control). And whether we like it or not we have an aging population and education is essential to the well being of our kids. This costs money. Sometimes taxes matter. For example, Winchester has the 3rd highest income in the state (source; Boston Mag) and depending on the rankings either the 21st or 32nd best schools. That is a disconnect and part of it is that towns like Lexington (#2 schools) spend 40% more per kid.
JT October 26, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Pledging to be fiscally responsible with other people's (taxpayers) money is never ridiculous. Working harder and "smarter" to get the most effective results out of any given revenue without over-taxing people out of their hard-earned dollars, especially in this continually dismal economy, is just good sense. Taxes do matter, but a commitment to levying them and dispersing responsibly is a serious one every legislator should make.
BAV October 26, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Part of the pledge is to not raise taxes. However, sometimes increasing taxes is fiscally responsible. (And sometimes it is not.) Therefore I agree with Jon above that a blanket promise to not vote for tax increases is ridiculous. A better pledge would be that the candidate if elected would consider all appropriate actions including cutting spending AND raising taxes as appropriate.
JT October 26, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Not raising taxes or holding them at current levels should be the first prioity of government, particularly in this state, where we have seen the types of waste and fraud that have occured with EBT cards before the recent reform legislation was passed. Funds for this program came from taxpayer money. Right now, most taxpayers need to be assured that their hard-earned dollars are not being wasted, that every avenue has been examined to use them wisely, and that cuts are being made to keep spending under control. Like most family household budgets, the government at any level should not be spending more than it has or takes in, and it needs to cut costs to minimum levels before even considering raising taxes--remember there is a bottom to every well.
BAV October 26, 2012 at 05:43 PM
No, I strongly disagree, despite my respect for your honest opinion. The first priority of government should be providing the services that we as a town, state, and country need. Security, education, infrastructure, etc. And yes, one of the services which I do not utilize, but is of value to all citizens, is providing a safety net for the poor. I have no desire to see these cut to minimum levels, whatever that may mean. (Would we all agree what constitutes minimum levels?) It is interesting when people make the family or business analogy with government. Unlike a business or a family, unfortunately, government cannot simply choose to out source the military to India or decide that the return on education is not high enough to warrant continued funding. I do agree that we as a people must together decide what our core values are, and then fund them as necessary. It cannot work the other way around.
linita October 26, 2012 at 09:07 PM
No one believes in doing away with taxes. But responsible government oversight of our taxes has never been a priority here in MA. Case in point, the EBT waste and abuse. The current Rep, Jason Lewis, voted against restrictions on cash disbursements. Ridiculous! Just as banks require certain standards before handing out loans, so should the government before handing out taxpayer money.
dusty cronin October 27, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Don't feed the beast.
gosachems October 31, 2012 at 10:57 PM
If linita bothered to actually research the EBT issue she would know that Rep. Lewis voted against the original EBT bill in the House because rather than focus on combatting fraud it just created a huge long list of products and services that EBT recipients would be barred from purchasing. This would be impractical to enforce and costly for small businesses to comply with (aren't the Republicans always saying they want to make life easier for small businesses?). Thanks to cooler heads prevailing in the state Senate, the final bill that emerged from a House/Senate conference committee was much more sensible and enforceable and Rep. Lewis voted for this version of the bill. This seems to me to be exactly the kind of thoughtful, common sense leadership that we want from our elected officials.

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