Page 22 THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2023 Senate president rarely votes. The senator who voted with By Bob Katzen If you have any questions about this week’s report, e-mail us at bob@beaconhillrollcall.com or call us at (617) 720-1562 GET A FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO MASSTERLIST – Join more than 22,000 people, from movers and shakers to political junkies and interested citizens, who start their weekday morning with MASSterList—the popular newsletter that chronicles news and informed analysis about what’s going on up on Beacon Hill, in Massachusetts politics, policy, media and infl u~ Legal Notice ~ ence. The stories are drawn from major news organizations as well as specialized publications selected by widely acclaimed and highly experienced writers Keith Regan and Matt Murphy who introduce each article in their own clever and inimitable way. 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A copy of the aforementioned proposed amendment is on           the City Clerk, Revere City                 A.M. to 12:15 P.M. Attest: Ashley E. Melnik City Clerk September 01, 2023 You’ve Earned It. We’ll be closed Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day. You can access your accounts using our ATMs and Online & Mobile Banking. Thank you! were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on the percentage of times local senators voted with their party’s leadership in the 2023 session through August 25. Beacon Hill Roll Call uses 61 votes from the 2023 Senate session as the basis for this report. This includes all roll calls that were not quorum calls or on local issues. The votes of 34 Democrats were compared to Senate Majority Leader Cynthia Creem (D-Newton), second-in-command in the Senate. We could not compare the Democrats’ votes to those of Senate President Karen Spilka (DAshland) because, by tradition, the Creem the least percentage of times is Sen. Walter Timilty (D-Milton) who voted with her only 52 times (85.2 percent). Rounding out the top four who voted with Creem the least number of times are Sens. John Keenan (D-Quincy) who voted with her 55 times (91.6 percent); and Barry Finegold (D-Andover) and Becca Rausch (DNeedham) who each voted with her 57 times (93.4 percent). Beacon Hill Roll Call contacted these four senators and asked them to comment on the percentage of times, lower than the other senators, each one voted with the leadership. Only one of the four responded. “I always respect and value the views and contributions of all my colleagues,” said Sen. Keenan. “I also recognize the diff erence in our perspectives and the politics of the districts we represent, and these sometimes lead to differences in voting records. What has always guided me in voting is doing what I believe is right and what best benefi ts my constituents and all the residents of the commonwealth.” Sens. Timilty, Finegold and Rausch were contacted three times but did not respond. Overall, 33 of the 34 Democrats (97 percent) voted with Creem 90 percent or more of the time -- including 19 (55.8 percent) who voted with Creem 100 percent of the time and nine (26.4 percent) who voted with Creem all but one time. The votes of the two Republican senators were compared with those of GOP Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester). Sen. Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth) voted with Tarr 61 times (100 percent) while Sen. Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) voted with Tarr 60 times (98.3 percent). SENATORS’ SUPPORT OF THEIR PARTY’S LEADERSHIP IN 2023 THROUGH AUGUST 25 The percentage next to the senator’s name represents the percentage of times the senator supported his or her party’s leadership so far in 2023. The number in parentheses represents the number of times the senator opposed his or her party’s leadership. Some senators voted on all 61 roll call votes. Others missed one or more roll calls. The percentage for each senator is calculated based on the number of roll calls on which he or she voted. Sen. Lydia Edwards 98.3 percent (1) ALSO UP ON BEACON HILL DUELING VERSION OF TAX REDUCTION BILLS ARE STILL STUCK IN COMMITTEE (H 377 and S 2406) – A 6-member House-Senate conference committee, appointed on June 20, is still negotiating the hammering out of a compromise version of diff erent versions of competing tax relief packages approved by each branch. The Senate’s package would cost the state about $590 million annually, while the House’s would cost close to $1.1 billion. In the meantime, there are dozens of tax relief bills pending before the Revenue Committee. Here are some of them: CHARITABLE DEDUCTION (S 1801) – Would allow the state’s charitable deduction to be claimed only by taxpayers who do not itemize their federal returns -- a group that supporters say generally consists of lower to moderate income people. They say the bill makes the charitable tax deduction more progressive. “This bill strikes the right balance between encouraging charitable contributions and ensuring that our tax code is fair,” said sponsor Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Marlborough). DEDUCT COLLEGE TUITION COSTS (S 1884) – Would allow students or their parents, on their state tax returns, to deduct up to 50 percent of their tuition payments to public colleges in the Bay State. “An individual choosing to pursue higher education is a student making an investment not only in their own future, but also in the future of the commonwealth,” said sponsor Sen. Mike Moore (D-Millbury). “I believe we ought to encourage and celebrate that. At a time when higher education is becoming increasingly unaff ordable, creating a tax deduction for students pursuing a degree at one of Massachusetts’ world-class colleges or universities seems like a nobrainer. Increasing access to education makes all of us more competitive, more productive and more successful. Let’s do what we can to make higher ed possible for every student who wants it.” ALLOW STATE INCOME TAX DEDUCTION FOR SCHOOL AND MUNICIPAL FEES PAID BY RESIDENTS (H 2868) – Would provide a tax deduction for the school fees that parents must often pay for their public school children and for trash pick-up and disposal fees. Supporters say most public schools levy a variety of fees on their students including fees to park cars in school lots, to enroll in full-day kindergarten, to ride the school bus, to participate in after-school sports and to join clubs and other extracurricular activities. “I fi led this bill because many families in my district and in MetroWest pay over $1,000 per year in school fees,” said sponsor Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick). “All these services were formerly funded through the local property tax, though that is no longer the case. [The bill] will benefi t the middle class and help to uplift the purpose of well-rounded public schools.” CONSERVATION LAND TAX CREDIT (H 2839) – Makes changes to the state’s current Conservation Land Tax Credit (CLTC) law which provide an incentive for individuals to donate land in Massachusetts to a public or private conservation agency. The CLTC provides an up to $75,000 refundable state tax credit equal to 50 percent of the fair market value of the donated property. The land being donated must have signifi cant conservation value, which includes forest land, farmland, land used for wildlife protection and projects essential to water quality protection. BEACON | SEE Page 23

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