Thursday, November 6, 2008

Final State Report

In an example of total agenda-pushing, the Globe's Metro section leads with this:

"Run is over for greyhound racing"

That figures, since the Globe wanted a
No vote on the question.

They couldn't do a POSITIVE STORY on all the dogs that will be saved?

"Thousands of greyhound dogs endure lives of terrible confinement," says the voiceover in the latest TV ad by a committee advocating for the ballot question to end dog racing in Massachusetts. "They are forced to live in small cages - barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around - for at least 20 hours a day."

How would YOU like to live in such a situation, Boston Globe? Yeah, unbiased, objective, truth-telling newspapers.

Not that it matters to me. I'm glad the dog-racing will be gone from this state (
unless... "the Legislature could amend or repeal the new law, as they have done with prior initiatives passed by the voters); however, I could hardly give a crap about my fellow residents days after what they did:

GOP battles blues after election reduces ranks in Legislature


Oh, and get ready for that TAX INCREASE I WARNED YOU ABOUT for rejected Q1:

"Hearing message from voters, lawmakers spurn talk of a tax hike" by Eric Moskowitz, Globe Staff | November 6, 2008

Beacon Hill leaders breathed a collective sigh of relief when voters rejected a ballot question Tuesday to abolish the state income tax, but that doesn't mean they went to work yesterday promoting plans to raise taxes.

The governor and several top lawmakers said the overwhelming defeat of the proposed tax repeal - 70 percent to 30 percent - signaled to them that state residents don't want total tax elimination. But they said they also recognize, from comments during debate over the measure, that the public expects government to operate more efficiently and not impose higher taxes.

Lawmakers from Boston's western suburbs have resisted a turnpike toll increase and instead called for tolls to be imposed on the Central Artery to stabilize state transportation budgets and pay off the Big Dig.

Some are pushing for an increase in the state's gas tax - unchanged since 1990 at 23.5 cents per gallon. Representative David Linsky, a Natick Democrat, supports a gas-tax increase of a few cents a gallon. --more--"

Yeah, we gotta make sure Wilkerson keeps getting her checks:

Wilkerson, who has a history of financial problems, makes about $1,400 a week in her job as senator. If she hangs on to her office until her term expires in January, she would qualify for an additional year of credit for her state pension, going from 16 years of service to 17 years and boosting her annual payment by almost $2,000, according to an on-line state pension calculator. --more--"

Yup, but we gotta keep the income tax to save services in this state -- while some criminal state senator gets to collect a pension. Weren't the BRIBES ENOUGH $$$ for her?