Limited Taxation & Government
18 Tremont Street #608 Boston, Massachusetts
02108 (617) 248-0022
E-Mail: email@example.com Web-page: http://cltg.org
For Immediate Release
Monday, April 13, 1998
further information contact:
Barbara Anderson - (781) 639-0096
Chip Ford - (978) 538-3900
Are Not Ours!
As the battle rages between Citizens for Limited Taxation & Government and the Massachusetts Teachers Association on the state income tax rollback,
citizens are being issued subpoenas to appear in Superior Court to validate or invalidate
their signatures on the petition.
The subpoenas are
being sent by Hoopes
& Cronin with a
cover letter signed by Cheryl
Cronin that states "we
represent individuals involved in an upcoming trial . . ." that does
not identify those individuals nor the organizations who are challenging the petition, the
MTA and its puppet, the Tax Equity Alliance of Massachusetts (TEAM). Subpoena
recipients are told to call 1-800-392-6088 to discuss signing an affidavit.
Callers to that
number last week were not told who was issuing the subpoena unless they pressed. The
persons on the other end said it was "ten signers." When directly
questioned, they finally admitted the first signer was "St. George"
-- i.e., Jim St. George, director of TEAM. One caller was told
"This subpoena was issued by Barbara Anderson because. . ."
I have issued
no subpoenas. CLT&G and its ballot committee A Promise to Keep: 5% have issued
Using the Secretary of State's Central Voter Registry database, and volunteers checking
original voter registrations at city/town halls, we have identified over 1500 signatures
that we argue should have been certified last fall and should now be added by the
The teachers union,
along with challenging our additions, is trying to remove more signatures that had been
certified by city/town registrars. In its desperation, the MTA is frivolously
fishing for unlikely forgeries by harassing husbands and wives whose names appear together
on the petitions. Even when the handwriting is obviously different, the union is
threatening citizens with subpoenas that interfere with jobs and vacations or require long
drives to Boston. Many of the people who are calling our office are elderly.
If in fact someone's
name was signed by another, we agree that this name should be struck. But if people are
willing to sign an affidavit that they did sign the petition, they should not be forced to
appear in court. However, people are calling us to complain that the people who made
an appointment to come to their home to get the affidavit signed are not keeping the
appointment, or are being "very hostile."
It is clear to us
that the MTA is not only trying to keep our petition off the ballot, but is trying to harm
the initiative petition process by discouraging future petition signatures.
Our case will be
tried this week, with the MTA handwriting "expert" expected to be on the stand
Tuesday. The subpoenas for "hundreds" of voters have been issued for
Wednesday and Thursday.
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