House Republicans’ “Form Letter”
… as promised. House Republicans have suggested that representatives who vote in favor of the General Assembly’s pending supplemental budget send the following letter to the city or town which they represent.
(A press release is public, right? Okay, then.)
April 1, 2009
Dear Town Council President /Mayor;
I wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that today I will be voting in favor of the Democratic version of House Bill H-5019: An Act Making Revised Appropriations For the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2009.
Among other things, the Speaker’s budget bill cuts off all money for our city/town, reduces aid for our schools, includes tax increases that will devastate local businesses, make those few remaining citizens who have jobs pay more for gas and includes absolutely none of the management rights you have repeatedly asked for from the General Assembly.
The bill also puts off any relief you seek from pension reform and we even get to skip our required contribution to the state pension system. Too bad you can’t skip your payments as well!
Being an effective legislator is not easy, but it’s important for you to know, that no matter how bad this bill is for our city / town, Speaker Murphy wants me to vote for it. I always do what the Speaker asks, that’s how I am able to get my legislative grants (your tax dollars) that help me get my picture in the local paper. I have also been promised that one or more of the bills that I have introduced, which have nothing to do with actually helping our citizens, will be passed out of committee and voted into law – more publicity for me. Now that’s what I call a great trade!
One positive is that I do have permission to vote against some of the specific articles in the Democratic budget to make it look like I am on your side, but when it comes to the vote on the Speaker’s budget as a whole, Speaker Murphy needs my vote to pass it, and I always do what I am told.
The good news is that you can always raise property taxes to cover the shortfall or maybe layoff some more teachers, firefighters or municipal employees.
Well, I have to go now, we are celebrating National Peach Week and the Speaker has set up some delicious peach cobbler and peach wine for us in the House lounge.
Have a great day!
Your State Democratic Representative.