Sunday, March 24, 2013
State Rep. Tom Conroy chimes in on Gov. Deval Patrick's revenue and investment proposal.
The talk everywhere in the State House — in offices, hallways, and alcoves — is all about Governor Patrick’s proposal to raise $1.9 billion in revenues in order to make investments that would improve our roads, rails, and bridges and also invest in education at all levels: pre-kindergarten, K-12, and higher education. But before we respond to the Governor’s proposal, it’s important to ask some fundamental questions. Do we actually need to make these investments? Are they the right targets for new funding? Do we need to raise revenues, or in other words, can’t we wring out enough savings through reforms to pay for what’s needed? What effect will raising taxes have on the economy and jobs? Do we need to make these investments? We …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Conroy will speak with constituents on March 15.
State Rep. Tom Conroy recently announced his local office hours in Wayland, Sudbury, and Marlborough for the month of March. Constituents are encouraged to come meet Conroy, share their views on relevant topics, and bring important issues to the Representative’s attention. No appointments are necessary and meetings are held on a first-come, first-serve basis. Office hours and locations for Friday, March 15 are as follows:
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
State Sen. Jamie Eldridge joins half of senate as a co-sponsor of recycling legislation.
First the Town of Concord passed a plastic water bottle bill, and now the rest of the state is trying to jump on board. In a sign that the Updated Bottle Bill has gained greater momentum for passage than ever this session, 95 legislators signed on as a co-sponsor of the Updated Bottle Bill earlier this week, including half of the Massachusetts State Senate. “More than ever, legislators realize that the time to act and finally pass the Updated Bottle Bill is now,” State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, a strong supporter and co-sponsor of the bill, said in a release. “Updating the Bottle Bill is a common sense law that would help increase recycling and reduce litter in our parks, along our roads and in our streams. Passing this bill has been one of …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Sudbury's state senators and representative to take part.
Sudbury's legistaltors will gather on March 5 at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School to allow residents ask questions and voice concerns. State Sens. Mike Barrett, Jamie Eldridge, along with Reps. Tom Conroy and Thomas Stanley, will listen and answer questions from 7-8:30 p.m. at the school's library. The legislators will provide an update on the FY14 budget and its impact on education, green intiatives and legislative initiatives. The public is encouraged to attend and an opportunity to ask questions will be offered.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
State Rep. Tom Conroy gives interesting statistics on one of the country's hottest topics.
Let’s start with some interesting facts: Juxtaposing these two sets of statistics suggests that most gun owners are responsible gun owners. It also proves that our country is awash in guns. Aside from the prevalence of guns in our society, there are clearly significant problems with gun use. Over 4,000 people in the U.S. have been killed by guns since Newtown, at a pace of 83 per day. On average, one child under 14 years old is killed each day with a gun. For the 16-24 year old cohort, 16 young adults on average are killed each day by guns. Recently, we’ve heard the story of the 15 year old girl who marched in the Presidential Inauguration parade, only to be randomly shot a week later in Chicago. Last month, a 13 year old boy in …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Rep. Tom Conroy said he needs some time to work through the $34.8 billion budget proposal.
When Gov. Deval Patrick announced his $34.8 billion budget proposal last week, Sudbury Rep. Tom Conroy (D-Wayland) said he felt a certain amount of surprise over some of the elements, but was glad to see several of the governor's recommendations. In particular, he said he was generally pleased to see Patrick's emphasis on transportation and education, but still needed some time to "digest" the details, particularly the suggested changes in the tax structure and what exactly would be funded under the proposed transportation and education elements. Patrick's proposal asks for an increase in the state income tax from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent coupled with a reduction in the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent. It also doubles …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
State Rep. Tom Conroy says the U.S. Senate challenger's economic approach is clear and factual.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The third debate between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown revealed again the root cause of the partisan polarization in our nation’s capital: it stems from the two different views of how the economy works, and the tax and deficit policies that stem from it. On one side, there are trickle down supply siders such as George W. Bush, Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, and Scott Brown. They believe in a scheme that goes like this: if you cut taxes on the rich, they will spend more on yachts and the like, which will trickle down to the rest of us, and in the process, somehow magically, create jobs and shrink the deficit. On the other side are Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Elizabeth Warren (and yours truly). We believe in reality based economics, based on …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Incumbent Tom Conroy was challenged on the Democratic primary ballot by Steven Hakar.
With 13 of 14 precincts reporting, incumbent representative Tom Conroy (D-Wayland) had secured 89 percent of the vote on his way to a Democratic ticket primary win over challenger Steven Hakar (D-Framingham), Boston.com is reporting. Hakar had garnered 227 votes (11 percent) to Conroy's 1,860, according to numbers reported on Boston.com. Wayland's Conroy is seeking his fourth term as the 13th Middlesex District representative, while Hakar is a first-time candidate for a state position. In all, Boston.com reports, 2,087 votes were cast across 13 of 14 precincts in the district. "I want to thank everybody who supported me today and over the course of the past six years," Conroy said. Given that there isn't a major party opponent running …
Monday, July 30, 2012
If approved on Election Day, the bill would be the first of its kind in Massachusetts.
Gov. Deval Patrick today signed the proposed Sudbury senior property tax relief program, which aims to help elderly homeowners with lower income by moving their property tax responsibilities to residents with higher income, today. "This should allow Sudbury to put this matter to a vote on Election Day in November," State Rep. Tom Conroy said in an email. The bill includes recommended changes from a task force assembled by town officials. There were concerns with the legislation's previous version, including adding an opt-out program should it be a burden to see through. Seniors will be required to file for the exemption every year. The system would be a first in Massachusetts. Lawmakers have shown support for the system and want to see if …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Conroy has been vocal about the clearing of NSTAR's right-of-way through Sudbury and nearby towns.
NSTAR has continued its march through the right-of-way under high-voltage lines in Wayland's Oak Hill Road and Meadowview Road neighborhoods, but Rep. Tom Conroy (D-Wayland) wants to make sure residents continue to speak up. Even as large swaths of land have been cleared to the ground, Conroy has been working with residents who are pushing NSTAR to provide mitigation in the form of new plantings and fully cleaning up the cut down debris left behind. Earlier this week Conroy told Sudbury Patch he's keeping a close eye on NSTAR and suggested residents put in writing their expections for mitigation to the utility company, so to create a paper trail. Conroy provided a sample letter written by an affected homeowner in Framingham. That sample is…