Atkins' 11th-hour tax-hike query frus...

Atkins' 11th-hour tax-hike query frustrates town officials

There are 24 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Apr 29, 2009, titled Atkins' 11th-hour tax-hike query frustrates town officials. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

The e-mail from state Rep. Cory Atkins was marked "URGENT." Arriving in the in-boxes of town officials Monday at 12:39 p.m., Atkins said House lawmakers were voting later that day on a 25 percent sales-tax increase to prevent more cuts to local aid.

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hal

Braintree, MA

#1 Apr 29, 2009
Cory Atkins is waste of time. she was elected because her husband died not because she is competant! She knew darned well that she gave no chance for the people to respond and she knew she was voting yes to suppport Deleo. You can't have your cake and eat it too! Nice try Cory now please go home!
Good for Cory

Waltham, MA

#2 Apr 29, 2009
At least she asked. Maybe some of the selectmen who are complaining about not having enough time to respond should have been in contact themselves instead of sitting around waiting for their phone to ring. What do we elect these people to do anyway?
whatthe

AOL

#3 Apr 29, 2009
Good for Cory wrote:
At least she asked. Maybe some of the selectmen who are complaining about not having enough time to respond should have been in contact themselves instead of sitting around waiting for their phone to ring. What do we elect these people to do anyway?
Her Majesty called court for shame on them for missing it. All who voted for it (pass or not) should be fired come election time. They are out of touch and are only looking for more money to spend.
Get with it

Montgomery, AL

#4 Apr 29, 2009
Good for Cory wrote:
At least she asked. Maybe some of the selectmen who are complaining about not having enough time to respond should have been in contact themselves instead of sitting around waiting for their phone to ring. What do we elect these people to do anyway?
Get with it - what are they supposed to do, send her an email every day? There's enough going on at the local level without having to do her job for her. This was just a ploy so she could say she had support from the towns.
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#5 Apr 29, 2009
Get with it wrote:
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Get with it - what are they supposed to do, send her an email every day? There's enough going on at the local level without having to do her job for her. This was just a ploy so she could say she had support from the towns.
I think she had support from the towns. If the towns think that this tax will restore some of the local aid cuts then they would be all for it.
Nostalgia, remember when people had discretionary income? For most it wasn't a lot. Take the kids to a ball game, maybe save for a trip to Disney World. Even ice cream at Kimball's on a hot weekend. Those things are getting harder.
Good for Cory

Waltham, MA

#6 Apr 29, 2009
You know, it's budget week on Beacon Hill. Everybody who pays attention knows this is the week that everything happens. So yes, they should have called her with their lists of priorities last weekend. I know not everybody knows or cares - that's why we elect representatives. But if the elected representatives don't know or care, why are they doing it?
Get with it

Montgomery, AL

#7 Apr 29, 2009
Wondering wrote:
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I think she had support from the towns. If the towns think that this tax will restore some of the local aid cuts then they would be all for it.
Nostalgia, remember when people had discretionary income? For most it wasn't a lot. Take the kids to a ball game, maybe save for a trip to Disney World. Even ice cream at Kimball's on a hot weekend. Those things are getting harder.
She did? http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_1...

Oh, and good reps meet with their constituents. She voted with leadership, not for what was best for the voters. I think based upon this article, and the one linked above that a phone call from "the complainers" was unnecessary.
Some choice

United States

#8 Apr 29, 2009
<quote>
Atkins said that while the hike might seem painful to some, it's still "a tax that people have some choice over," unlike raising the income tax.
</quote>

Yes, we have a choice. We can choose to buy everything in New Hampshire. Northern Mass. stores will go out of business. Thousands and thousands of people will lose their jobs.

The Legislature got a 5.5% pay increase while the rest of us are lucky if we have a job at all.
rory

Acton, MA

#9 Apr 29, 2009
Imagine the audacity of this woman... She has got to go! Doug, ready to run again??
Tony

Tewksbury, MA

#10 Apr 29, 2009
Vote her out when she runs for re-election next time.
Okay

Chelmsford, MA

#11 Apr 29, 2009
"state representatives like Atkins should have reached out" HA HA HA
Okay

Chelmsford, MA

#12 Apr 29, 2009
Good for Cory wrote:
You know, it's budget week on Beacon Hill. Everybody who pays attention knows this is the week that everything happens. So yes, they should have called her with their lists of priorities last weekend. I know not everybody knows or cares - that's why we elect representatives. But if the elected representatives don't know or care, why are they doing it?
Power and money in their personal pockets.
Another Kim

Leominster, MA

#14 Apr 29, 2009
I'm telling you! Politics, who needs it. I haven't voted in years and I consider myself an out standing citizen. Politics is for the rich and famous... Hell I clean up after people for a livin' and don't expect it to get any better. Love cleaning the bathrooms especially. Now for this Atkins chic! Is she on a low carb diet or is she on a high fat, low carb or high protein, low fat. I'm so confused about these Atkins diets. 2
Bagdad Harry

United States

#15 Apr 29, 2009
hal wrote:
Cory Atkins is waste of time. she was elected because her husband died not because she is competant! She knew darned well that she gave no chance for the people to respond and she knew she was voting yes to suppport Deleo. You can't have your cake and eat it too! Nice try Cory now please go home!
I don't think Chester is dead! He was sick for a long time...or should I say the voters got sick of him after a long time. he was the one that got defeated my the (Dis) Honorable (Andy) Marty Meehan...who ran on term limits and in his first act decided that he liked the posh digs in congress....so he over stayed his term...only reason he left was the robbing was better at UMASS. Just call him Double Dipping Marty....guy will make more in retirement than King Bulger when he is done!

But any state solon that supports this tax increase obviously doesn't have any constituents closer than 25 miles to the NH border. That is about as close as any mall is to the NH border.
Heard that if this tax increase goes through...they will be expanding the parking lots at the Pheasant Lane Mall
Bagdad Harry

United States

#16 Apr 29, 2009
Some choice wrote:
<quote>
Atkins said that while the hike might seem painful to some, it's still "a tax that people have some choice over," unlike raising the income tax.
</quote>
Yes, we have a choice. We can choose to buy everything in New Hampshire. Northern Mass. stores will go out of business. Thousands and thousands of people will lose their jobs.
The Legislature got a 5.5% pay increase while the rest of us are lucky if we have a job at all.
They won't lose their jobs...they will be working in NH...if they are smart they will live up there as well. Live Free or Die.....
or is it Live Free and Drive (to NH)
Bagdad Harry

United States

#17 Apr 29, 2009
Wondering wrote:
<quoted text>
I think she had support from the towns. If the towns think that this tax will restore some of the local aid cuts then they would be all for it.
Nostalgia, remember when people had discretionary income? For most it wasn't a lot. Take the kids to a ball game, maybe save for a trip to Disney World. Even ice cream at Kimball's on a hot weekend. Those things are getting harder.
Hmm Ice Cream Tax.....now they didn't think of that one yet!
Princess

Acton, MA

#18 May 1, 2009
The leadership gave Rep.Atkins a very comfy office at the state house as a reward for years of loyalty. Her loyalty brings funds back to her district. She's doing a great job! She's going along and getting along. She's a model citizen. She resembles in appearance Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and they dress very much the same too. As for her ex-husband Chet--he's alive. He helps her manage her campaign for office.
Train wreck

United States

#19 May 1, 2009
There's only one member of the Legislature who's a bigger train wreck than Atkins: Susan Fargo.
Bagdad Harry

United States

#21 May 1, 2009
Princess wrote:
The leadership gave Rep.Atkins a very comfy office at the state house as a reward for years of loyalty. Her loyalty brings funds back to her district. She's doing a great job! She's going along and getting along. She's a model citizen. She resembles in appearance Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and they dress very much the same too. As for her ex-husband Chet--he's alive. He helps her manage her campaign for office.
So is she single?
Am asking because Dracut Retiree is too shy too!
Another Kim

Leominster, MA

#22 May 2, 2009
Train wreck wrote:
There's only one member of the Legislature who's a bigger train wreck than Atkins: Susan Fargo.
Is Susan losing weight too? I bet she's on South Beach diet!

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