Sen. Eldridge, I was very discouraged to learn recently your support of one of the biggest, boondoggle pieces of legislation in the history of the Massachusetts General Court. The so-called new MA 'Tech Tax' or more officially known as the state sales tax on computer system design services. This is by far the single worst piece of legislation you have ever supported during your liberal tenure in the Legislature.
As competitors for the MA State Senate, we debated in-depth, our different visions for the MetroWest, Nashoba Valley and Merrimack Valley Innovation Economies. Your vision called for higher taxes, centralized health care, Washington D.C. solutions for new jobs, and special tax giveaways to politically-connected, green companies like Evergreen Solar. My vision called for serious and proven reforms in Transportation Project Delivery, Local Control of Education and Marketplace Solutions for our world renowned health care institutions, from Worcester to Marlborough and Framingham to Ayer.
All of these differences notwithstanding, we could not be farther apart on this new tax on MA Job Creators you erroneously supported. Even before this public policy train-wreck, the Commonwealth already had the highest taxes on computer and software services in the nation. Your misguided vote makes it much more difficult for start-up companies in Westborough, Southborough, Hudson, Acton or Devens to compete in the marketplace (or even comply with new MA Dept. of Revenue regulations on tax collections) and create the private sector jobs of the future.
Under your watch, and over 4 years since the "end" of this Recession, we sadly have an entire generation of young people sitting idle - our Generation Y workers still unable to find full-time work with decent benefits and wages.
The shortsighted idea of funding state transportation projects with a NEW, confusing tax on one of the fastest and growing sectors of the Middlesex and Worcester Economy will go down as one of the biggest anti-jobs pieces of legislation ever forced upon our medium and small business enterprises throughout our region.
Sen, I call on you to apologize for not adequately reading the bill; and reverse your position by introducing legislation that would immediately abolish this new, MA Tech Tax destined to crush the software services industry throughout our entire state senatorial district.
2012 (R) Candidate for State Senate
Middlesex and Worcester District
CAVARETTA DECRIES DECREASE IN LOCAL AID UNDER ELDRIDGE
Says area towns have suffered as state aid has declined drastically
ACTON - Cities and towns across the Middlesex and Worcester District are hurting due to dramatic decreases in Local Aid in recent years, says Dean Cavaretta (R-Acton), candidate for state Senate in the Middlesex and Worcester District.
"Since the beginning of the Great Recession, cities and towns in our area have lost size-able chunks of state aid because of a lack of leadership and irresponsible state spending priorities," said Cavaretta.
According to numbers produced by Cavaretta's campaign, communities in the Middlesex and Worcester Senate district have lost almost $10.5 million in local aid payments since Fiscal Year 2009, for an average decrease of over 18% in state aid.
All communities in the area have seen their share of unrestricted municipal aid cut by about one-third during this time period.
"Having served previously as an Associate Member of the Finance Committee in Stow, I know how difficult it can be for cities and towns to deal with decreases in state aid," said Cavaretta.
As an example, Stow saw Local Aid depleted so substantially that their per capita share of state aid was in the bottom five percent of all communities statewide.
"I find this unacceptable and I find it to be the sign of a systemic failure. Having fewer state dollars at our disposal makes it more difficult for communities to deliver essential services like education and public safety. These services have a direct impact on the quality of life for residents. Decreased state aid also puts pressure on local tax rates, and depletes local reserve accounts, which can make it more costly for cities and towns to borrow money."
"As a State Senator, I will be an independent fighter for Local Aid," continued Cavaretta. "I'll do that by voting for more disciplined and principled state spending that frees up public and higher education dollars. My opponent has voted in favor of bloated state budgets and has supported using state resources for failed investments like Evergreen Solar, putting his own priorities ahead of the wants and needs of our cities and towns. The only way to fix this situation is to have balanced competition and more, open debate on Beacon Hill."
Dean Cavaretta is the Republican candidate for the Massachusetts State Senate in the Middlesex and Worcester District, consisting of the city of Marlborough and the towns of Acton, Ayer, Devens, Boxborough, Harvard, Hudson, Littleton, Maynard, Northborough (precinct 3), Shirley, Stow, Southborough, Sudbury (precincts 2 and 3) and Westborough.
People wishing additional information about Dean Cavaretta's candidacy can visit his Web sites, www.DeanCavaretta.com and www.MomsAndDadsForDean.com
It is with great pride that we endorse Dean Cavaretta for State Senate.
This endorsement does not come lightly; we are a bi-partisan group who disregards political affiliation. We very rarely give endorsements, but felt compelled to do so because of Dean Cavaretta's long -term commitment to public safety and our children.
Our leaders must put public safety first. If a leader fails to accomplish their most basic responsibility, what other questionable choices are they making on our behalf? What does a vote against protecting children say about a person's leadership? Are they someone you truly want representing your community?
Dean Cavaretta currently sits on the advisory Board for Princess and Dolls, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating human trafficking in Massachusetts. He has a long history of advocating for children, and was recently endorsed by Karyn Polito, one of Massachusetts' fiercest fighters for stronger laws to protect our children.
Dean Cavaretta's opponent, Current State Senator Jamie Eldridge voted against Melissa's Law, legislation requiring truth in sentencing measures to deal with our states most violent habitual offenders.
Melissa's bill was signed into law by Governor Patrick this August, and passed with very little legislative opposition. The law targets those convicted multiple times for crimes like Rape of a Child with Force, Murder, Attempted Murder, Rape, Kidnapping, and Drugging for sex.
These are 42 of the most heinous crimes against children and the community. A measure no State Senator or Representative should ever vote against.
It is our hope that we have the opportunity to work with a Senator Dean Cavaretta in the next legislative session, a leader who will put the kids first.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Myles Goldman
(978) 310-1245 HQ or
Dean Cavaretta Immediately Calls on Jaime Eldridge to STOP Playing Liz Warren Press Spokesperson in Western Mass; Focus Instead On Their 7 Planned October Debates
MARLBOROUGH - (R) Candidate for State Senate Dean Cavaretta chided his opponent today, State Senator Jaime Eldridge for injecting himself right smack in the middle of the Scott Brown-Elizabeth Warren U.S. Senate Race by playing Western Mass. Spokesman, instead of working on behalf of his constituents.
Asserted a very surprised Cavaretta:
"Apparently, my opponent is more interested in taking marching orders from the Mass. Democratic Party, and their Special Interests than listening to the people of his Middlesex and Worcester District. If he was truly listening, he would hear that they want bi-partisanship, not name calling and rock throwing. I have emphatically said since I entered this race, it is time to put the issues of Education and the Economy FIRST."
Cavaretta also observed that if Mr. Eldridge is so interested in being the Western Mass. campaign spokesman for Professor Warren, then he should immediately resign from the State Senate, and take a full-time job with her, because the taxpayers of his district are not getting their money's worth out of him.
Cavaretta and Eldridge have seven debates scheduled for October.
Earlier today (Monday, 9/24), the Cavaretta for State Senate Campaign released Dean's 10 Point Plan on MA Education.
State Senate challenger Dean Cavaretta shot back at the Massachusetts Democratic Party on Wednesday afternoon after the Middlesex & Worcester District hopeful wrapped up a live chat with Patch.com readers.
During the chat, a reader named "Alan" wrote: "So far, you've only listed endorsements from Republicans. Is this account (Dems4Dean) just you retweeting yourself, because I haven't met any Dems who support you."
Cavaretta responded by writing: "I'll give one: Bill Clinton ..."
Shortly after the chat, Massachusetts Democratic Party spokesman Kevin Franck released a statement asking Cavaretta to supply more details of the ex-president's support.
"What is it with Massachusetts Republicans this year?" asked Franck. "Maybe Dean Cavaretta was in a secret meeting with kings and queens when Hillary Clinton, who calls him all the time, rang him to break the news about Bill's endorsement.
"It would be pretty big news if a former president decided to wade into a local race to support a long-shot Republican candidate who opposes marriage equality, wants to undo ObamaCare and supports Mitt Romney, but I guess stranger things have happened."
Cavaretta responded by thanking the Democrats for the free publicity.
"Today, the Political Machine [sic] that Sen. Scott Brown talks about showed its true colors. In a reference to tax policy my liberal opponent's hired guns inserted foot in mouth, and claimed that I touted the endorsement of former President Bill Clinton," Cavaretta said in a released statement. "Instead, what Mr. Franck has done was give me another opportunity to tell voters that on the issue of NOT raising state taxes during a Recession [sic] - this is a position that I wholeheartedly share with Mr. Clinton.
Cavaretta continued: "This is in stark contrast to the massive tax increases on income, capital gains, payroll and gasoline, my opponent, Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) has freely introduced this past legislative session."
"(Raising taxes) makes it much more difficult to create jobs," Cavaretta continued. "Small businesses in our region are suffering bigtime."
Cavaretta also writes that he considers himself an independent thinker and fiscal conservative with the same beliefs as the former president.
"In fact, with Welfare Reform, Taxes, [sic] etc. 'Clinton Voters' are closer to me than my far-left opponent," he added.
Earlier in the chat, a guest chatter asked Cavaretta what he thought the key issue was in this year's election. Cavaretta answered by writing his slogan: "Putting Education and the Economy First."
"Specifically, how the next State Senator from our part of the state can work on issues that make a real difference," he wrote.
Another reader, ABRHS89, asked Cavaretta to explain his stance on fixing health care in the state. Cavaretta wrote he supports saving Medicare for seniors, and plans to introduce legislation to fix the Health Connector for individuals and small businesses, without mandates or new tax increases.
QUESTION: If State Sen. Eldridge is willing to gamble millions on failed, Evergreen Solar Tax Giveaways, but isn't willing to spend a fraction of that to STOP early parole for habitual, violent felons or sex offenders, do you feel his priorities make any sense?
for State Senate
The Cavaretta Committee
P.O. Box 136, Stow, MA 01775
(978) 310-1245 HQ
"Putting Education and the Economy First"
PLEASE NOTE: From pushing a carbon tax on all MA small businesses to voting against Food Stamp (EBT) Cash Reform, to even voting to shrink the drug free zone around public schools, Mr. Eldridge votes far out of the mainstream. Dean's campaign thinks Mr. Eldridge owes constituents an explanation why he would not support locking up violent, repeat criminals?
There are many media outlets that have been broadcasting recent gains for the stock market as if the Allies liberated Europe on V-E Day.
Not so fast. The Dow is the wrong metric to judge our collective fiscal health, and when any news reader takes to the airwaves to celebrate those numbers - he/she hopelessly under-states the weakness of the American economy.
Elected officials keep ignoring the 800 pound gorilla in the room: "It's the debt, stupid."
The cost of living, the lack of credit, and plummeting home values are combining to make ghost towns out of many main streets across Massachusetts. Too often for young and old, married with kids or single adults - they all simply wait to collect their pensions, finish their schooling or job training, and then they bolt Mass. for greener pastures.
Only select groups have truly been bailed out:
-Chase, Bank of America, Citibank, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, etc.
-The CEOs of failed, startup companies, (like Evergreen Solar or Solyndra), who have received millions to try and change consumer behavior in emerging markets not yet commercially viable.
State/federal officials have not yet performed their number one duty to the American people: Tell us the truth.
The truth is there may have to be another massive rescue plan akin to what the European Union finally came to terms with in the Greece debt crisis. Call it an "era of fiscal austerity" irrespective of market indexes or unemployment rates, led by substantial banking restructuring and large scale spending reform. Only then will the free market be allowed to grow.
We have wasted four years getting to the business of climbing out of this hole, and toxic assets still sit idle on banks' balance sheets.
Under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), according to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, in winter 2011 testimony, only $2 billion out of $700 billion (that is .3 of 1 percent) handed over to the big banks three years ago has actually been spent on homeowner loan modifications.
The Secretary used the phrase "under-performing" and conceded that under the toothless law, the banks are not compelled to help a single U.S. homeowner in distress.
So, the programs widely marketed by President Obama, Gov. Patrick and State Sen. Eldridge as a panacea are mostly voluntary and ripe with fraud and incompetence.
Just ask any realtor brave enough to have stayed in the profession.
Dean Cavaretta (R-Stow)
2012 Candidate for State Senate
Middlesex & Worcester District
On Twitter @DeanCav
During my tenure as Governor of Massachusetts I had to make many important decisions. I am writing now to ask that you join with me by making another important decision for our Commonwealth.
Throughout my years of public service our Commonwealth enjoyed tremendous triumphs, which included the landmark Education Reform Act, creation of tens of thousands of jobs and a reduction in the state's income tax rate.
Indeed, my Administration was able to get Massachusetts moving in the right direction and as a result our state enjoyed many years of prosperity and success that are now a distant memory for too many of our fellow citizens. But, our accomplishments came as a result of intense cooperation, compromise and consensus building among all branches of MA government.
Although we had differences, we were able to work with legislators to build consensus and come to agreement on many contentious issues.
Now, as our state is facing high unemployment, an increased tax burden and a dismantling of our educational gains, we need leaders that understand the importance of consensus building.
That is why I am pleased to announce my endorsement of Dean Cavaretta for State Senate.
As our next State Senator, Dean has the temperament, work ethic and skill set we need to get Massachusetts moving in the right direction once again.
Dean has what it takes to be a great State Senator. His commitment to public education, his pledge to keep taxes low and his jobs plan will help get MetroWest and Assabet Valley working again. These are all important issues that Dean is on the right side of.
Dean Cavaretta is putting education and the economy first. Can you join with me today in support of his candidacy?
You can volunteer or donate online by visiting www.DeanCavaretta.com and www.MomsAndDadsForDean.com
Or, please make checks payable to:
The Cavaretta Committee
Post Office Box 136
Stow, MA 01775
We are facing some important decisions this November and it is just as important that we elect leaders that have the right priorities for Middlesex and Worcester, our state and, most importantly, our people.
Please join with me and help Dean Cavaretta for State Senate. Dean has my backing and I hope that you can take action and support him during this important election.
Argeo Paul Cellucci
Governor of the Commonwealth
In an election year, those of us involved in MA politics are expected to reach out to many different groups. We listen to various points of view, study local issues, and develop policy positions that, hopefully, benefit the largest number of citizens.
However, true to form, our State Senator is foregoing opportunities to improve the overall small business climate or zero in on ways to improve public education. Instead, he throwing yet another 'bone' to the local and State House environmental groups:
Statement of State Senate Candidate Dean Cavaretta on Legislation to Prevent a Taxpayer-funded Bailout of Casinos (2/13/2012)
"I congratulate State Representatives Matthew Beaton (R - Shrewsbury) and Kimberly Ferguson (R - Holden) on filing recent legislation to protect taxpayers from having to bailout casinos if expanded gaming fails in Massachusetts. I wholeheartedly support them in their efforts.
It would be a mistake for our state to pick winners and losers in private business. We saw that blatantly in the case of Evergreen Solar, a start-up, company whose failure cost state taxpayers $58 million.
That is why I find it ironic that this latest legislation also has the support of my opponent, Jamie Eldridge, who championed the state investment in Evergreen Solar. His willingness to gamble with our state's money in cases like that is even more unacceptable in the context of declining Local Aid, and a contracting tax base that is strangling our municipalities and schools.
Jamie Eldridge needs to realize that there is more than the issue of expanded gaming at stake here. His record is one of special interest causes out of the mainstream - like a Massachusetts Medicare-for-All Plan when we should be saving the near bankrupt, original Medicare for seniors. No matter what Casino Gaming may hold for our state going forward, I'm much more concerned about the 'casino gaming' of the taxpayer who is on the hook for wasteful spending at a time when exploding debt threatens our Recovery.
As a former teacher and state transportation official, I am running because it is crucial for the Legislature to protect taxpayer funds, accelerate infrastructure projects and to make shrewd public investments. Especially, at a time when home values continue to fall, causing further strains on local budgets and residents' wallets.
I am the only candidate in my race with a viable Economic Plan and work experience that will benefit our district immediately. I look forward to having an opportunity to partner with like-minded reformers, including Representatives Beaton and Ferguson, if I am elected to the State Senate this November."
Dean Cavaretta (R-Stow)
Candidate for State Senate
Middlesex & Worcester District
Follow on Twitter @DeanCav
Eldridge went as far to say that "You can't increase education spending if you reduce state revenue." In essence, this translates to his CORE philosophy of raising taxes instead of finding more efficient ways to deal with our fiscal emergency or controlling state spending. Also in the Boston.com article, my opponent said that "he has always been a proponent of fair taxation." Really? How so?
All of us living here in the Middlesex and Worcester district know that it just not the case. In 2009, there was an Op-Ed article written by Eldridge where he advocated for an income tax increase to 6.3% saying "...This is the best solution to our fiscal crisis...."
Time and time again my opponent has voted for numerous tax increases and more regulations on small businesses.
Item: Just this year, he supported a bill that would have unionized early childhood and daycare workers.
Item: Instead of working on the 50% commercial vacancy rate on I-495, Eldridge attended an event outside his district re: Jim McGovern's attempt to overturn a Supreme Court decision that just today Barrack Obama is flip-flopping on. (Allowing Super-Pacs)
Item: Instead of introducing his own Economic Plan that reforms state spending, lowers tax rates, closes loopholes and lowers state debt LIKE MY PLAN, Jaime decided several weeks ago to address Occupy Boston - again outside of his state senate district.
Finally, more outrageous than all of those policies was his idea to provide special tax giveaways to the failed start-up, Marlborough's Evergreen Solar (-58 million dollars) at the same time the Legislature has voted to slash Local Aid to our communities. These failures have contributed to the cost shift that is now underway where our local city and towns are increasing property taxes at the same time home assessments are falling. Residents are being handed the bill.
I'm running to put Education and the Economy first, not a failed, liberal agenda that is out of the mainstream. If elected, I will work with both sides on proposals that have a chance of reaching the Governor's desk, not radical, special interest bills that resonate with a minority of the electorate.
Candidate for MA State Senate
Middlesex & Worcester District
(978) 310-1245 HQ
Considerable news coverage was granted last week (2/2/12) in MetroWest to liberal activists' attempt to convince Congress to change the campaign finance laws relative to the Citizens United decision and the Supreme Court. Like proponents, I also do not support Super-PACs, nor do I believe corporate influence with fundraising or campaign advertising is good for our political system.
I salute Sen. Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren, for example, trying to remove some of these outside influences from their race.
But, their is another side to the campaign finance reform coin that State House liberals, including Jaime Eldridge, fail to mention: How can one rail against corporate corruption and influence in politics, only to remain silent while many candidates benefit from millions of dollars in union contributions and expenditures?
It is the same quid pro quo: campaign cash that originates, not from a lobbyist per se, but from compulsory union dues that miraculously find their way to candidates willing to toe the line.
If we as a commonwealth want to limit the impact of corporate money in politics, we must also be as equally zealous in limiting the impact of public-sector union money. This glaring omission was left out of Mr. Eldridge's "Act to Restore Public Confidence in Government." And, with that omission, the Senate bill(s) are hopelessly incomplete. Influence peddling is a bipartisan problem and must be solved as one.
In 2010, the Service Employees International Union steered $1.7 million toward Martha Coakley's failed campaign against Scott Brown. Later that year, according to the Office of Campaign & Political Finance, Bay State Future, a group funded by the Democratic Governors Association, SEIU and the Massachusetts Teachers Association, spent $3,157,301 on ads identifying Charlie Baker. In the same election, the MTA also spent $2.75 million to support Gov. Deval Patrick.
I hope Eldridge's bills can be amended to curtail union money in addition to limiting lobbyists who solicit corporations with contracts before the state. Both practices are equally compromising, and feed into the Beacon Hill culture that is on display every time a lawmaker shows zero independence with public policy.
In the meantime, live by your own reforms, Mr. Eldridge, and pledge to no longer accept public union contributions or expenditures as well. Lead by example, and build the bipartisan coalition we need if you want to see your campaign finance reform bill pass and become law.
2012 (R) Candidate for State Senate
Middlesex & Worcester District
Follow on Twitter @DeanCav
Proposes Policies to Make Education Reform Local and MA Competitive for New Jobs. 1/30/2012
MARLBOROUGH - Stow resident and Acton native Dean Cavaretta officially announced today that he is a candidate for Massachusetts State Senate in the Middlesex and Worcester District.
Speaking to supporters tonight at the Halfway Café on Route 20, Cavaretta plans to tell the crowd he will use his work history as a high school social studies teacher and state transportation official to benefit the District.
"I am running for State Senate to offer new policies that will put education and the economy first, in order to make Massachusetts more competitive for new jobs," Cavaretta said. "I will work hard to represent you as an independent voice, and will work across the aisle to help repair this fiscal emergency. I'll use my skills as a former teacher to support accountable and local education reform. And as a former state transportation official, I am uniquely positioned to accelerate much needed reforms with both parties to benefit our state economy."
Cavaretta, a registered Republican, told the audience he chose a slogan similar to Bill Clinton's 1992 "Putting People First" because he, unlike Senator Eldridge, supports providing Medicare exclusively for seniors, no new state or federal taxes during a recession and pro-growth policies promoting the free market.
"I support holding the line on new taxes and out of control public debt. I do not support picking winners or losers in our tax code or propping up any one corporation or private industry," Cavaretta said. "The Solyndra Playbook for new jobs has failed. It has wasted millions in special giveaways while Local Aid to cities and towns gets cut - effectively cost shifting fee hikes and property tax increases to local homeowners and town boards. The commercial vacancy rate on our main streets and Route 495 is 50 percent. We must allow Massachusetts to become more competitive for all small businesses."
Cavaretta has already filed his Economic Plan with the State Senate in the form of a bill entitled "An Act to Make MA Competitive for New Jobs."
Cavaretta received his Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Northeastern University, and is a 1989 graduate of Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. In addition to teaching, Dean has coached high school football and lacrosse, and served as a Special Education Aide while financing his teacher certification program. Cavaretta told supporters he will be the "Education State Senator" by focusing on policies that grant higher performing school districts, including Middlesex and Worcester, more autonomy over school building assistance, regionalization agreements and curriculum decisions.
Cavaretta also supports an MCAS Exam for U.S. History and greater state assistance for training rookie teachers, calling professional development "the new [local] unfunded mandate" in MA Education Reform that needs to be fixed.
As a former transportation official under former Gov. Paul Cellucci, and later with Keville Enterprises, Inc. (KEI), Cavaretta worked with municipalities, design and construction companies on road, bridge and transit projects. He collaborated closely with high-level state officials from both parties on accelerating projects, on average from 7-10+ years for completion down to six or less. (Gov. Patrick signed the Performance Based Scorecard in April 2008). Dean's work led to a Highway Division, District 4 assignment on Governor Patrick's 8-year, $2 billion, Accelerated Bridge Program for KEI's Project Controls Unit in 2009-2010.
Dean Cavaretta is currently a small business consultant and substitute teacher. His small business, Gen X Consulting, is based in MetroWest. He also serves as an Associate Member on the Stow Finance Committee.
Hopefully your families are enjoying the season as Hanukkah & Christmas quickly approach us!
I wanted to briefly update you http://t.co/3GuQ55Lx on a "Polito Peep" running for office in 2012, my friend and former Deputy Campaign Manager, Dean Cavaretta.
Dean has done a tremendous job since announcing his intentions to run for State Senate in the Middlesex & Worcester District.
He launched his website www.DeanCavaretta.com and introduced a "Top 10" YouTube Video highlighting his opponent's most liberal http://youtu.be/wAPgqJsmkqA positions.
As you know, fundraising is a key component of any campaign and the Cavaretta Committee faces an end-of-year deadline. I urge you to take a moment and donate to Dean: http://bit.ly/nCqKGI today.
Fmr. State Rep. Karyn Polito (R-Shrewsbury)
2010 Candidate for Treasurer
PS: Donate online today http://bit.ly/nCqKGI and help elect Dean Cavaretta as the next State Senator for Middlesex & Worcester. You can also follow @DeanCav on Twitter or find him on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/nGk9tI
(Be sure to join us in Acton! - promoted by Cool Cal)
Red Mass Group,
Every time I've asked for your help, you've stepped up and answered the call to help our campaign. Well I've come to ask for your help again. THIS SATURDAY, I'll be going door-to-door in Acton meeting the voters of the Middlesex and Worcester District.
My opponent, as you've noticed will be going door to door in DENVER for Barack Obama, during the Democrat National Convention, so I figured it would be a good time to go door to door in his hometown to talk about our message of fiscal responsibility, strengthening our local economy, and passing a strong version of Jessica's Law.
You can find details about our canvas after the jump, and again I ask for your help as we go out to meet the people of the Middlesex and Worcester District... NOT COLORADO!