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Tim Cahill touts fiscal restraint in Massachusetts ^ | Apr 28, 2010 | By Edward B. Colby

Posted on 04/28/2010 9:09:25 AM PDT by Maelstorm

Needham —

State Treasurer Tim Cahill said Thursday he “would not leave anything off the table” in potential budget cuts if elected governor, and that he would lay off state workers — though he can’t say who or how many positions he’d cut until he gets into office.

The independent candidate also said that he supports “most” of the just-passed House casino bill and thinks its outline “makes sense financially,” but he has been too busy campaigning to read the legislation.

Asked why he has yet to read it, Cahill said, “I’m running a campaign, and I just haven’t had time to sit down and plow through it all.”

“I haven’t had time to read through the whole bill. I’ve summarized it. I’ve looked at the basic overall premise of it. If I was governor, before I would sign it, or whether or not I would sign it, I would read it,” Cahill said in a meeting with GateHouse Media reporters and editors.

In March, Cahill appeared on national television and criticized Massachusetts’ health-care legislation, saying it “has nearly bankrupted the state.” Asked Thursday why he never spoke up about the Massachusetts bill when it was being debated in 2006, he said he was never asked.

“They promised us it was going to bring down costs,” he said, referring to then-Gov. Mitt Romney and other political leaders who crafted the state health-care law. “As treasurer, maybe I should have questioned it more, but I wasn’t at the table, I wasn’t asked to comment on it, and what I’ve seen over the last four years has frightened me, in terms of what the costs are.”

The longtime Democrat, who left the party last July, said he would consider cutting spending on local aid, education, health care and transportation, before raising taxes.

“None of those are easy decisions, but those decisions would have to be made, and would have to be made from the top down, looking at spending all across the aisles,” said Cahill, adding that cities and towns would have to trim their spending, too, including through layoffs, though he would prefer to cut “at the state level first.”

“We would initially have to lay off a certain amount of employees. I can’t say exactly where they are until I get control of the budget,” Cahill said. Pressed for more specifics, Cahill said he would have to examine the personnel numbers in various departments and see where cuts could be made with “the least negative impact.”

“I wouldn’t call for across-the-board layoffs until I know exactly where there are employees that may be not necessary. What departments have grown dramatically since this governor took office or in the last 15 or 20 years? Those analyses — I don’t have access to all of that information right now, and we don’t know what kind of revenues we’ll have in 2011,” said Cahill, who was elected state treasurer in 2002. “You can’t make specific decisions until you know what you’re in there.”

Asked why he supported Deval Patrick in 2006 but is campaigning to unseat him now, Cahill said “as a Democrat, I felt he was the best Democrat.”

“What’s changed dramatically is the way he’s handled this recession — the fact that he’s been unwilling to spend less money and lead us through this recession in a way that I think has been positive. For the last two years, and I’ve been vocal both internally and externally about spending and about taxes, and they just haven’t listened to me or to anyone else,” Cahill said.

The surpluses of 2006 are gone, Cahill said, “and he’s not changed his style at all to address the issues of lower taxation and trying to get the private sector to work. So I feel I can do a better job.”

He said the Treasury Department has approximately eight to 10 fewer employees than when he took office, its budget is about 20 percent less, and that there are fewer employees at the Lottery than at its high-water mark in 2002.

“We have played our share. We did not raise salaries and raise employees when times were good, so we didn’t have to really lay people off; we’ve just not filled positions that we didn’t feel we needed,” Cahill said. He contrasted his department with state government as a whole, saying there are about 8,000 more state employees now than in 2007.

Cahill made the distinction that as governor he would look closely at departments’ spending, but make local aid cuts across the board.

He said not funding the Quinn Bill was not a good idea, and that he would have cut local aid instead. “If I had to make a $50 million cut, I would have made a $50 million local aid cut, so that would be spread over 351 cities and towns,” he said.

Fielding questions on a wide range of topics, Cahill said he supports bringing the sales tax back down to its previous level of 5 percent, and said the affordable housing bill Chapter 40B should not be repealed: “I think the law can be fixed without throwing it all out.”

Cahill is against the transgender rights bill, sponsored in the Senate by Richard Tisei, the GOP nominee for lieutenant governor, because he feels transgendered persons are not a class of people facing discrimination.

He said he drove a Jeep to the meeting, quipping, “I’m not buying a truck.”

TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: backstabberromney; baker4fascism; baker4romneycare; cahill; dirtytrickromney; dirtytricks4mitt; romney; romney4baker; romneycare
Is it just me or does this ex-Democrat/independent sound more conservative than the GOP Nominee Baker. If I were in Massachusetts I'd vote for Tim Cahill. He has embraced the Tea Party, he has embraced more conservative ideas than Charlie Baker who has a radical gay rights activist as a running mate who sponsored the "Transgendered Rights" bill that will further infringe on the rights of individuals and religious organizations to associate with whom they will. Cahill also did not vote for Barack Obama when he was still a Democrat and that is enough for me. Cahill's running mate is firmly Pro-life and a conservative Republican. Tim Cahill isn't perfect but the fairy elephant baby stomping Republican ticket makes him look golden and for Massachusetts he is actually refreshing.
1 posted on 04/28/2010 9:09:25 AM PDT by Maelstorm
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To: Maelstorm

Baker’s running mate Tessei is also openly gay, which is unusual for a “republican.”

2 posted on 04/28/2010 9:14:17 AM PDT by Boardwalk
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To: Maelstorm

Baker is a RINO-Democrat of the Romney-type.
Baker was chosen, not elected.

Cahill is far more conservative.

3 posted on 04/28/2010 9:14:46 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Article IV - Section 4 - The United States … shall protect each of them against Invasion)
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To: Boardwalk

The Tim Cahill Committee

4 posted on 04/28/2010 9:15:13 AM PDT by Maelstorm (Some want to enslave your body others your soul.)
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To: Maelstorm

Gotta agree. I’m starting to consider voting for Tim Cahill myself. At least he sounds like a fiscal conservative, which is what this state needs. I like him talking about cuts to gov’t.

5 posted on 04/28/2010 9:19:45 AM PDT by KEmom (Getting ready to hop on the Tea Party Express!!!)
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To: KEmom

He also has come out firmly against the stupid Transgendered rights bill. He isn’t as conservative as I’d like but he clearly isn’t an activist and Charlie Baker has a liberal activist as his running mate. Tim Cahill has a solid conservative as his running mate which means after Cahill Mass could get an even better governor rather than some pansy ass fairy gay activist.

6 posted on 04/28/2010 9:24:00 AM PDT by Maelstorm (Some want to enslave your body others your soul.)
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To: KEmom

Well I heard Cahill on the radio this morning and he made some ridiculous statement about unions being good for the state.

As a NH resident, but a MA income tax payer and subject to taxation without representation, I do not believe a Democrat can ever change their spots.

I am not a Baker supporter, but I believe he is better from my wallet than a Democrat who could not beat the incumbent in a primary.

7 posted on 04/28/2010 9:30:28 AM PDT by ArmedConservative (Visualize No Liberals!)
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To: ArmedConservative

I’m just worried Cahill and Baker will split the vote and that idiot Patrick will get in again!

8 posted on 04/28/2010 9:34:45 AM PDT by Boardwalk
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To: Maelstorm

Whatever. The upshot from this whole deal is that Obama’s butt-buddy Deval Patrick could very waltz into a second term because of Cahill and Baker splitting the opposition vote.

9 posted on 04/28/2010 9:37:43 AM PDT by St. Louis Conservative
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Better the GOP go down. Cahill has enough strength that I believe he will defeat Patrick and Baker. I just want the old insider soft Republican establishment to die and the only way it will die is to stop feeding it. Tim Cahill may not be all I’d like but giving both the Democrats and Republicans a defeat would be a delight.

10 posted on 04/28/2010 9:48:07 AM PDT by Maelstorm (Some want to enslave your body others your soul.)
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To: ArmedConservative

Timmy is tacking right but will govern left. Its in his roots. My current thinking is to vote Baker for his fiscally conservative views, and take Loscocco (Cahill’s “running mate”). Although gov candidates select a “running mate” LG, they are totally separate offices on the ballot. Cahill is a plant to elect Deville, but we can use his improved LG.

11 posted on 04/28/2010 9:54:04 AM PDT by C210N (A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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To: Maelstorm

My mother and I were at a fundraiser for Tisei’s replacement. We voiced our displeasure with him on the tranny bill. Tiesi completely disregarded my mother’s objection to a man in a dress in the Ladies’ Room effectively making women “second class citizens”. I also wrote a column about it. It got “spiked”! I’ve been writing “A Little to the Right, Please” for over ten years.

12 posted on 04/28/2010 9:55:02 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Maelstorm

A Baker-Tisei (by the way Tisei does not have enough signatures to get on the ballot) defeat will assure that Jennifer Nassour gets the boot from MASSGOP. She and Tisei go hand in hand on slapping the Traditional Values voting block in the face. But she’ll get her photo on the cover of Bay Windows, and that’s what’s important to her.

13 posted on 04/28/2010 10:04:55 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Maelstorm

I don’t see it. I don’t have a problem with Cahill, personally. I like him too. However, the worst case scenario is having the Obamabot Deval Patrick re-elected. You can’t expect to split the opposition vote against a Democrat and expect to win, even if Patrick’s approval ratings are circling the toilet.

14 posted on 04/28/2010 11:27:29 AM PDT by St. Louis Conservative
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To: Maelstorm; GOPsterinMA; Impy

Go Cahill !

15 posted on 04/28/2010 4:05:00 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: St. Louis Conservative; fieldmarshaldj; Impy

Better to re-elect Coupe than elect Baker. Baker is horrific.

Go Tim go!

16 posted on 04/28/2010 4:19:40 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Paul Ryan/Greg Abbott in 2012.)
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To: Boardwalk

I’m worried that Patrick and Cahill will split the anti-Baker vote and Baker will get in.

17 posted on 04/29/2010 5:14:25 AM PDT by cmj328 (Got ruthless?)
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