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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: Benson and supporters continue slanderous attacks and can't get the facts straight.

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“I was disappointed to see that a supporter of Democrat incumbent Jennifer Benson submitted a letter to the editor repeating the slanderous attack my opponent made against me and my employer at a recent debate in Lunenburg. Even after it was pointed out that Ms. Benson simply had her facts wrong the slander continues.

Voters are fed up with these unfair political attacks that twist or even fabricate the facts. This deliberate slanderous attack is a desperate attempt by my opponent to take the focus off her voting record and flip-flops on taxes and casinos.

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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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Jennifer Benson's question misleads and slanders her opponent at debate

[ed_note]We received the following message from Kurt Hayes, a candidate for State Representative in the 37th Middlesex District.[/ed_note]
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The first debate between Democrat incumbent Jennifer Benson and Republican challenger Kurt Hayes in the battle for the 37th Middlesex district State Representative seat took place at Lunenburg Town Hall Monday evening. The spirited debate included an opportunity for each candidate to ask their opponent two questions. Benson used one of her questions to mount a misleading and slanderous attack on Hayes and IBM, the company for which Hayes has worked for 20 years.

Benson asked, “Kurt, in 2008 IBM was required to refund to the Commonwealth $13M for selling the state software products it didn’t need in violation of state bidding rules. You currently work in software sales for IBM and have stated that you intend to remain with the company even if you win a seat in the legislature. How will the people of your district know if you are representing their interest or the interest of your primary employer, a company found to have violated state bidding rules?”

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Kurt Hayes Pledges Support for Municipal Healthcare Design Plan Reform

[ed_note]We received this message from Kurt Hayes, candidate for Representative in the 37th Middlesex District. Municipal Health Care Plan Design or “GIC Insurance” is one of those issues that goes beyond party lines and is about putting the interest of voters ahead of the interests of the politically connected.[/ed_note]
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Kurt Hayes

“Just like with the largely cosmetic pension, ethics, and transportation reforms that Beacon Hill Democrats herald as ‘historic’, the Municipal Relief Act that recently passed the House on a straight party-line vote is long on rhetoric and short on real reform that provides actual immediate relief to municipal budgets that are in crisis. Democrat incumbents talk about being advocates for their towns and constituents back home, yet in the face of union leadership opposition they backed down and allowed the removal of this crucial provision that would simply give municipalities the same tools the state has to set co-pays and deductibles on healthcare plans without union approval. This reform will provide immediate relief to town budgets, help preserve key services for seniors, and help save jobs of teachers, police officers, and firefighters.”

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37th Middlesex Representative District Candidates: Benson, Hayes

Candidate OCPF
» Jennifer E. Benson (D) $21,219 (incumbent)
» Kurt Hayes (R) $8,349
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