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Citizens for Limited Taxation's

2013/2014 Legislative Session Ratings

Basis for CLT Legislative Rating 2013/2014 Session

Citizens for Limited Taxation rates state legislators on direct and indirect taxpayer issues for which there were roll call votes.

During the 2013 session we counted votes in both branches on illegal aliens receiving in-state tuition; requiring Social Security Numbers for public housing; engrossment and acceptance of the conference committee report on the transportation bill and its tax increases; eliminating the Consumer Price Index trigger on the gas tax increase; preventing the three cent gas tax increase, and; removing the “software tax” from that bill. We also counted the vote against engrossment of the Affordable Care Act.

We also tallied votes taking fraud examinations away from the Department of Transitional Assistance; requiring the state Auditor to perform a Department of Transitional Assistance audit, and; stopping “self-declaration” of residency for welfare benefits.

The House tried to strike the cigarette tax increase, as well as reduce the sales tax from 6.25 to 5%, and require a two-thirds vote for any tax increase – all to no avail. The Senate voted not to hike the gas tax to 29 cents, but did vote to hike the underground gas tank storage tax, as well as to raise the minimum wage.

In the 2014 session both House and Senate took votes reducing the income tax to 5% and on campaign finance, with CLT urging a “yes” vote in the Senate on the 5% cut, and a “no” in the House because the tax cut went to a further study. The finance bill received a CLT negative because it contained anti–ballot question language. Both branches voted on reforming the EBT system and closing the $15,000 union donor loophole with CLT supporting positive votes. Both also dealt with the estate tax as the Senate voted on repeal and the House on raising the tax threshold a “yes” appreciated in both cases.

With CLT asking for positive votes, the House took up auditing the MBTA pension fund, banning state spending on Common Core and requiring a public hearing on any tax increase. And once again, as they have frequently done in the past, legislators sent an amendment to cut the sales tax to 5% to a "further study" as well as an amendment dealing with in-state tuition for illegal aliens. Both were phony “further studies” votes which CLT has always considered no-nos.

A few Senators tried to eliminate gas tax indexing and auditing all state credit cards, unfortunately these reforms went down to defeat. There were two votes in the Senate on ObamaCare, one seeking a state waiver from it, the other asking for an Inspector General report on its compliance costs.



CLT's Key House Roll Calls
Date CLT Favored


1/23/2013 Y Two-thirds vote for any tax increase
2/6/2013 Y No "Self-Declaration" of Residency for Welfare
2/6/2013 Y IG, AG and Auditor Take Fraud Exam Away from DTA
2/6/2013 N Must be Citizen for In-State Tuition (Further Study)
4/3/2013 N Transportation Finance Tax Plan
4/8/2013 Y Remove $160M Computer Tax from Bill 
4/8/2013 Y Strike the $.03 Gas Tax Increase
4/8/2013 Y Strike CPI Trigger for Gas Tax Increase
4/8/2013 Y Strike Cigarette Tax Increase
4/8/2013 N Transportation Finance Bill
4/22/2013 Y Reduce Sales Tax From 6.25% to 5%
4/23/2013 Y Require Social Security Number for Public Housing
6/18/2013 Y Require Auditor to Perform DTA Audit
6/19/2013 N Engrossment of the Affordable Care Act
6/26/2013 N Conference Committee Acceptance of Transportation Bill
1/29/2014 Y MBTA Pension Funds Available for Audit
4/8/2014 Y Allow Amendments to Reform EBT
4/28/2014 N Reduce Sales Tax to 5% (send for further study)
4/28/2014 N Reduce Income Tax to 5% (send for further study)
4/28/2014 Y Raise Estate Tax Threshold to $5M
4/29/2014 N In-State Tuition for Illegal Aliens (further study)
4/29/2014 Y Ban State Spending on Common Core
5/14/2014 Y Require Public Hearing Before Any Tax Increase
6/25/2014 Y Close $15k Union Loophole in "Campaign Finance Reform"
7/30/2014 N Campaign Finance Reform


CLT's Key Senate Roll Calls
Date CLT Favored


2/12/2013 Y Move Fraud Investigations from DTA to IG
2/12/2013 Y Require Social Security Number for Benefits
2/12/2013 Y Must be Citizen for In-State Tuition
4/13/2013 Y Strike Taxes from Transportation Bill
4/13/2013 N Underground Storage Tax Tied to CPI
4/13/2013 Y Strike Sales Tax on Computer Software
4/13/2013 Y No Tax Increase in Transportation Bill
4/13/2013 N Transportation Bill Engrossment
5/23/2013 Y Require Social Security Number for Public Housing
6/26/2013 N Conference Committee Acceptance of Transportation Bill
6/26/2013 N Engrossment of the Affordable Care Act
7/18/2013 Y Prevent Tax Gas Increase
7/18/2013 Y Remove the Tax on Software
9/26/2013 N Hike the Gas Tax to 29 cents
9/26/2013 Y Eliminate Indexing Tax Gas Increase
11/19/2013 N Minimum Wage Engrossment
5/21/2014 Y Eliminate Indexing Tax Gas Increase
5/21/2014 Y Reduce Income Tax to 5%
5/21/2014 Y Repeal Estate Tax
5/21/2014 Y State Audit of all State Credit Cards
5/22/2014 Y Six Reforms to EBT System
5/22/2014 Y State Waiver from Obamacare
6/26/2014 Y Require IG to Report on Obamacare Compliance Costs
7/23/2014 Y Close $15k Union Loophole in "Campaign Finance Reform"
7/30/2014 N Campaign Finance Reform






Andrews (D-Orange) 12%
Arciero (D-Westford) 36%
Ashe (D-Longmeadow) 32%
Atkins (D-Concord) 0%
Ayers (D-Quincy) 44%
Balser (D-Newton) 0%
Barrows (R-Mansfield) 96%
Basile (D-Boston) 0%
Beaton (R-Shrewsbury) 100%
Benson (D-Lunenburg) 0%
Boldyga (R-Southwick) 96%
Bradley (D-Hingham) 0%
Brady (D-Brockton) 0%
Brodeur (D-Melrose) 0%
Cabral (D-New Bedford) 0%
Calter (D-Kingston) 36%
Campbell (D-Methuen) 8%
Canavan (D-Brockton) 9%
Cantwell (D-Marshfield) 28%
Cariddi (D-No. Adams) 0%
Carvalho (D-Boston) 0%
Chan  (D-Quincy) 0%
Cole (R-Peabody) 100%
Collins (D-Boston) 13%
Conroy (D-Wayland) 0%
Coppinger (D-Boston) 0%
Costello (D-Newburyport) 0%
Cronin (D-Easton) 0%
Cullinane (D-Boston) 0%
Curran (D-Springfield) 9%
Cusack (D-Braintree) 0%
Cutler (D-Duxbury) 36%
Decker (D-Cambridge) 0%
DeLeo (D-Winthrop) 0%
deMacedo (R-Plymouth) 96%
D'Emilia (R-Bridgewater) 96%
Dempsey (D-Haverhill) 0%
Devers (D-Lawrence) 0%
Diehl (R-Whitman) 100%
DiNatale (D-Fitchburg) 36%
DiZoglio (D-Methuen) 40%
Donahue (D-Worcester) 0%
Donato (D-Medford) 0%
Dooley (R-Norfolk) 90%
Durant (R-Spencer) 96%
Dwyer (D-Woburn 60%
Dykema (D-Holliston) 4%
Ehrlich (D-Marblehead) 0%
Fallon (D-Malden) 17%
Farley-Bouvier (D-Pittsfield) 8%
Fattman (R-Sutton) 100%
Fennell (D-Lynn) 0%
Ferguson (R-Holden) 96%
Fernandes (D-Milford) 0%
Ferrante (D-Gloucester) 0%
Finn (D-West Springfield) 0%
Fiola (D-Fall River) 0%
Fox (D-Boston) 0%
Frost (R-Auburn) 96%
Galvin (D-Canton) 0%
Garballey (D-Arlington) 4%
Garlick (D-Needham) 0%
Garry (D-Dracut) 80%
Gifford (R-Wareham) 96%
Gobi (D-Spencer) 0%
Golden (D-Lowell) 12%
Gordon (D-Bedford) 0%
Gregoire (D-Marlboro) 8%
Haddad (D-Somerset) 0%
Harrington (R-Groton) 96%
Hecht (D-Watertown) 4%
Heroux (D-Attleboro) 28%
Hill (R-Ipswich) 96%
Hogan (D-Stow) 0%
Holmes (D-Boston) 4%
Honan (D-Boston) 0%
Howitt (R-Seekonk) 96%
Hunt (R-Sandwich) 96%
Hunt, D (D-Boston) 0%
Jones (R-North Reading) 96%
Kafka (D-Stoughton) 0%
Kaufman (D-Lexington) 0%
Keefe (D-Worcester) 4%
Keenan (D-Salem) 0%
Khan (D-Newton) 0%
Kocot (D-Northampton) 0%
Koczera (D-New Bedford) 0%
Kulik (D-Worthington) 0%
Kuros (R-Uxbridge) 100%
Lawn (D-Watertown) 0%
Linsky (D-Natick) 0%
Livingstone (D-Boston) 0%
Lombardo (R-Billerica) 100%
Lyons (R-Andover) 100%
Madden (D-Nantucket) 0%
Mahoney (D-Worcester) 0%
Malia (D-Boston) 4%
Mannal (D-Barnstable) 8%
Mariano (D-Quincy) 0%
Mark (D-Hancock) 0%
Markey (D-Darmouth) 0%
Matewsky (D-Everett) 8%
McMurtry (D-Dedham) 0%
Miceli (D-Wilmington) 44%
Michlewitz (D-Boston) 0%
Mirra (R-West Newbury) 100%
Moran, F (D-Lawrence) 0%
Moran, M (D-Boston) 0%
Murphy, J (D-Weymouth) 0%
Nangle (D-Lowell) 16%
Naughton (D-Clinton) 0%
Nyman (D-Hanover) 16%
O'Connell (R-Taunton) 100%
O'Day (D-West Boylston) 0%
Orrall (R-Lakeville) 100%
Parisella (D-Beverly) 0%
Peake (D-Provincetown) 0%
Peisch (D-Wellesley) 0%
Peterson (R-Grafton) 96%
Petrolati (D-Ludlow) 13%
Pignatelli (D-Lenox) 0%
Poirier (R-North Attleboro) 96%
Provost (D-Somerville) 8%
Puppolo (D-Springfield) 0%
Rogers, D. (D-Cambridge) 4%
Rogers, J. (D-Norwood) 16%
Rosa (D-Leominster) 48%
Roy (D-Franklin) 0%
Rushing (D-Boston) 0%
Ryan, D (D-Boston) 0%
Sanchez (D-Boston) 0%
Sannicandro (D-Ashland) 0%
Scaccia (D-Boston) 0%
Schmid (D-Westport) 0%
Scibak (D-South Hadley) 0%
Silvia (D-Fall River) 11%
Smizik (D-Brookline) 0%
Smola (R-Palmer) 96%
Speliotis (D-Danvers) 0%
Stanley, T (D-Waltham) 21%
Story (D-Amherst) 0%
Straus (D-Mattapoisett) 0%
Swan (D-Springfield) 0%
Timilty (D-Milton) 48%
Toomey (D-Cambridge) 0%
Turner (D-Dennis) 4%
Vega (D-Holyoke) 4%
Velis (D-Westfield) 50%
Vieira (R-Falmouth) 86%
Vincent, R. (D-Revere) 0%
Wagner (D-Chicopee) 0%
Walsh, C (D-Framingham) 0%
Wong (R-Saugus) 96%
Zlotnik (D-Gardner) 48%


Barrett (D-Lexington) 4%
Brewer (D-Barre) 4%
Brownsberger (D-Belmont) 4%
Candaras (D-Wilbraham) 4%
Chandler (D-Worcester) 4%
Chang-Diaz (D-Boston) 0%
Creem (D-Newton) 0%
DiDomenico (D-Cambridge) 0%
Donnelly (D-Arlington) 4%
Donoghue (D-Lowell) 20%
Downing (D-Pittsfield) 5%
Eldridge (D-Acton) 0%
Finegold (D-Andover) 4%
Flanagan (D-Leominster) 4%
Forry (D-Boston) 0%
Hedlund (R-Weymouth) 100%
Humason* (R-Westfield) 89%
Ives (D-Newburyport) 56%
Jehlen (D-Somerville) 0%
Joyce (D-Milton) 4%
Keenan (D-Quincy) 4%
Kennedy (D-Brockton) 13%
Lewis, J (D-Winchester) 11%
Lovely (D-Salem) 20%
McGee (D-Lynn) 0%
Montigny (D-New Bedford) 16%
Moore, M (D-Millbury) 24%
Moore, R (D-Uxbridge) 28%
Murray (D-Plymouth) 0%
Pacheco (D-Taunton) 43%
Petruccelli (D-Boston) 4%
Roderigues (D-Westport) 12%
Rosenberg (D-Amherst) 4%
Ross (R-Wrentham) 92%
Rush (D-Boston) 24%
Spilka (D-Ashland) 4%
Tarr (R-Gloucester) 92%
Timilty (D-Walpole) 71%
Welch (D-West Springfield) 4%
Wolf (D-Harwich) 4%

* Senator Humason, recently elected to the State Senate, received a 100% rating as a State Representative during the 2013 session.


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