Gov Patrick’s $91 Million Barge to No...

Gov Patrick’s $91 Million Barge to Nowhere

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Mary Delaney

Mattapoisett, MA

#1 Oct 28, 2010
October 28, 2010
Gov Patrick’s $91 Million Barge to Nowhere
Wasteful spending continues as Patrick refuses to rule out tax increases

BOSTON – Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker called on Governor Patrick on Thursday to explain to voters what his plan is for a $91 million publicly-funded barge to nowhere. Though according to the Boston Herald, documents show the barge will be used for Cape Wind, Governor Patrick’s own pet project, the governor denies it is for the boondoggle.

According to the Herald,“Weeks after (U.S. Interior Secretary Ken) Salazar’s announcement, Danish ship builder Kurt Thomsen, a Cape Wind consultant, told state officials that it would cost $91 million to “deliver a specialized vessel for installing offshore wind farms.” His brief report included a time-line “to allow the vessel to be ready for the Cape Wind Project.”

This is the latest example of Governor Patrick’s out-of-touch wasteful spending that Patrick has been raising taxes to fund for the past four years. This $91 million is on top of the $4.6 million taxpayers are spending on a horse bridge in Randolph,$3 million for a mostly-empty parking lot, and $3 million on a mostly-vacant office building.

“This is outrageous and Governor Patrick needs to explain to voters what he’s planning to do with this $91 million barge to nowhere,” said Baker.“This is the same game he’s played for four years – he’s spends recklessly and goes back to the taxpayers for higher taxes.”

Governor Patrick has refused to rule out raising taxes in his second term, and with a spending appetite like this, Patrick is certain to raise taxes again with a second term. Four years ago, Patrick also said he had “no plans” to raise taxes, but then he proposed tax increases in every single budget and raised taxes eight times by $1 billion.
Bill Carson

Mattapoisett, MA

#2 Oct 28, 2010
Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) and the Wind Energy Siting Reform Act

Why do we want the Wind Energy Siting Reform Act? This act I believe was given part of its name "Reform Act" to confuse the voters of Massachusetts. This act does the opposite, it takes your towns zoning away. This act sites commercial wind turbines as tall as 40 story buildings in your backyard. An individual resident can't afford a state supreme court appeal under the "Reform Act."

The country has evidently arrived at a point in its legal culture where no negative consequences seem to exist for making false or misleading claims to sell wind energy and take your property rights. Should the people who value intellectual honesty be fleeced by such mendacity, even from their government?

Plymouth's Terry Murray, the Plymouth area's state senator and President of the Massachusetts Senate, recently started a reelection bid to continue her work representing parts of Plymouth County and the entire Plymouth and Barnstable District in the Massachusetts Senate. Do the voters of the Barnstable Senate District want the Wind Energy Siting Reform Act? Have the voters of Massachusetts been educated about the negative impacts of this Act?

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