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Ballot Questions Benson Hayes

Kurt Hayes: Vote YES on questions 4 and 5

Hayes drives Route 2 and Taxpayer Protection solutions to the ballot.

In addition to three statewide ballot questions, voters in the 37th Middlesex district towns of Shirley, Lunenburg, Lancaster, Harvard, Boxborough, and Acton will have two additional ballot questions for their consideration on November 2nd. State Representative candidate Kurt Hayes announced today that he and his supporters gathered the signatures that will put two non-binding questions before the voters of the district he hopes to serve as State Representative.

Question 4 will ask the voter, “Shall the representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would accelerate the completion of improvements to Route 2 in order to reduce traffic congestion and commute time and improve safety on Route 2 between I-495 and Route 128?”.

Question 5 will ask the voter, “Shall the representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would require proof of legal residence in Massachusetts before an applicant could obtain publicly-funded state benefits?”.

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Benson Hayes Local Aid

Kurt Hayes: Benson’s Local Aid rhetoric doesn’t match record

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“I will protect local aid for my towns” is a constant refrain from State Representatives on Beacon Hill, and Democrat Jennifer Benson is no exception. However, a look into the voting record and actions of the Democrat incumbent reveals the truth. The record doesn’t match the rhetoric.

As a freshman State Representative, one of Jennifer Benson’s first votes was to turn over emergency “9C cuts” power to the Governor. Rather than battle to protect local aid for her towns and force deep reforms in state government to fill the budget gap, Ms. Benson joined Democrat leadership in a party-line vote that turned over her legislative duty and responsibility to the Governor. Once granted this power, Governor Deval Patrick cut $128 million from lottery aid and additional assistance to towns.

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Kurt Hayes: More broken promises, Benson Flip-Flops on Casinos

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During the 2008 campaign for State Representative, Democrat candidate Jen Benson was clear in her opposition to three new resort-style casinos in Massachusetts. The statements came during a televised debate with Republican challenger Kurt Hayes. Candidate Jen Benson stated, “I do agree with my opponent, I was opposed to the Governor’s proposal to bring casinos to the state.”

Perhaps foreshadowing her coming flip-flop, candidate Benson concluded, “I know the issue will return at some point in the future because there are a lot of advocates to bring casinos into the state.”

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Benson Hayes Tax Cuts

Kurt Hayes: Benson Flip-Flop-Flips on Taxes

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During the 2008 campaign for State Representative, Democrat candidate Jen Benson pledged not to raise taxes by stating in a debate with Republican opponent Kurt Hayes, “I would not raise taxes. I would hold steady where we are on the income tax until we get through this fiscal period. I would not advocate for raising taxes whether it be income taxes, gas taxes, anything because we know our families are hurting and we need them to get back on their feet.”

As State Representative in 2009, the first bill proposed by Benson was a new five cent tax on plastic bags at grocery stores. Benson voted for the sales tax increase, and just days later announced a Beacon Hill fundraiser that was attended by lobbyist and special guest House Speaker Robert DeLeo. When given opportunities in both 2009 and 2010 to repeal the new alcohol sales tax, Representative Benson voted with Democrat party leadership to send the measure to ‘study’ rather than make an up-or-down vote on removing the double-taxation on alcohol.

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