DeLeo’s GreenWorks Bill Is Corruption [OPINION]
The Massachusetts House is set to debate and vote tomorrow on Speaker Bob DeLeo's $1.29 billion GreenWorks climate change initiative. If enacted, the legislation would allow the Commonwealth to dole out $1 billion in grants "to help cities and towns prepare for and adjust to climate change."
You don't have to be a political hack to figure out how this is going to work, right?
DeLeo's bill would have your kids and grandkids repay the debt over the next 20 years. Oh, did I mention the debt payments are exempt from the state's statutory debt ceiling? You know, the cap that is in place to keep filthy politicians from piling up irresponsible debt on your credit card?
And guess who chairs the House Committee on Bonding that gave this turkey a favorable report? You got it, that maven of fiscal responsibility, Tony Cabral.
Governor Charlie Baker has his own version of this boondoggle, but Baker's bill calls for new taxes on real estate transactions to pay for it rather than borrowing the money. Baker's RINO pals in the swamp say borrowing the money is OK provided there is a revenue source to support re-payment. Duh, so they want to borrow the money AND raise taxes.
One thing is crystal clear: Massachusetts politicians are owned by the environmental lobby. It is even more powerful here than the LGBTQ+++ lobby, if you can believe that. This dastardly deed will get done, you can count on that.
The only thing worse than corrupt Massachusetts politicians is–oh wait a minute, there is nothing worse. What is truly sad, however, is the way the taxpayers continue to roll over and play dead for these clowns.
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