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CLT Update
Thursday, July 29, 1999

"Sen. Birmingham got this one right" today's Boston Herald editorial trumpets. While, for whatever his reason, he did the right thing with the proposed Registry of Motor Vehicles fee increases, the poor senate president still doesn't get it when it comes to making and keeping promises.

Poor Tom Birmingham is still struggling to revise history -- to deny that the Legislature made a promise back in 1989 that the tax hike would be only "temporary -- while the whole world has long ago acknowledged that indeed the promise was made.

He must be hanging around with Bill Clinton, believing his own lies by repeating them often enough. That is the Big Lie.

Hey Tom, stop sounding so stupid and just check out our website. We put the promises there months ago just for you.

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Chip Ford

Associated Press
Thursday, July 29, 1999

Governor says local road and bridge money is forthcoming
By Jean McMillan


Cellucci reiterated his plans to veto a proposed hike in the capital gains tax and lead an initiative petition to roll back the income tax to 5 percent if lawmakers don't do it.

Birmingham denied there ever was such a promise.

"All this talk about a promise is itself the big lie. It just didn't happen and no matter how many times he repeats it, it doesn't make it true," he said.

The Boston Herald
Thursday, July 29, 1999

Sen. Birmingham got this one right
A Boston Herald editorial

Hurrah for Tom Birmingham! The Senate president is putting the kibosh on the nasty little attempt by the House to restore auto registration fees in Massachusetts.

In an attempt to get $100 million a year more for road projects, the House leaders had planned to restore the auto registration fee of $30 every two years (which then-Gov. Bill Weld killed during his 1996 Senate campaign) and to drop current plans to lower the drivers' license renewal fee ($33.75 every five years) to $2 in 2001.

They say Birmingham may run for governor, and would rather not let Gov. Paul Cellucci veto a fee restoration and make a campaign issue of it. And Senate rank and file aren't wild about the idea either. Hey, whatever it takes.

Birmingham said one reason he objected was that the registration fee was $30 for everybody, well-off or just getting by, whether registering a compact or luxury sedan. True, but not the biggest objection in our view. That's the sheer disgust at being betrayed again by the politicians, and the nibbled-to-death-by-ducks feeling of getting hit again with a nuisance we thought we'd got rid of.

Now if we could only persuade Birmingham to be as sensible in returning to the 5 percent income tax rate, boosted to 5.95 percent as a "temporary" measure a decade ago. Remember, senator, the governor has pledged to make that an issue and lead the signature drive to get it on the ballot.

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