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Warren Talks Taxes, Business During Tewksbury Campaign Stop

Democratic Senate candidate meets with local firefighters and members of the Democratic Town Committee.

Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren made a campaign stop in Tewksbury Tuesday morning and pounded away on a familiar theme – Sen. Scott Brown and other Capitol Hill Republicans are working for the super rich and letting the middle-class foot the bill.

“I don’t believe in holding 98 percent of families and 97 percent of small businesses hostage to give the top two percent tax breaks,” said Warren. “Scott Brown is working for a Republican majority in the Senate and that’s bad for Massachusetts.”

Warren spoke to a small gathering of supporters and media in front of the Tewksbury Central Fire Station.

Warren dismissed suggestions by Brown that the tax policies she supports would be “job killers” by stymying the growth of small businesses.

“The system is rigged against (small business),” said Warren. “They have to deal with a complicated tax code with tons of loopholes built by lobbyists.

“I don’t want to hurt anyone but I do want an even playing field.”

During her visit, she was greeted by about two dozen Tewksbury firefighters and was given a tour of the station by Capt. Mike Sitar.

During the tour, Sitar and Warren chatted about grants, equipment and the need for a new Central Station. Warren, who has been endorsed by the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, promised that, if elected, she would advocate for federal funding to support the needs of local fire departments.

"In part, that's what this election is about. It's about votes," said Warren.

According to Warren staffers, the stop in Tewksbury was something of a last-minute decision at the recommendation of Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, who campaigned with Warren on Tuesday. Warren stopped in Tewksbury on her way to Methuen to receive the endorsement of Methuen Mayor Stephen N. Zanni and former mayors Bill Manzi and Sharon Pollard.

It could be said that by visiting Tewksbury, Warren was campaigning in enemy territory. Tewksbury has a strong Republican core and voted heavily in favor of Brown when he was first elected to the Senate.

However, members of the Tewksbury Democratic Town Committee, who turned out at Central Station to support Warren, said it may be premature to put Tewksbury in the Brown “win” column on Nov. 6.

“There are many independent, moderate leaning people in Tewksbury,” said Marie Sweeney, who sits on the Democratic Town Committee, the State Democratic Committee and is Chairwoman of the Greater Lowell Democrats. “And with President Obama at the top of the ticket, I think that’s going to go a long way.”

Tom October 24, 2012 at 08:03 PM
This is actually to Neil. Do you know why the Republican are trying to weaken unions? It is because towns & states are broke. You know what is killing them the most, pensions & healthcare for public sector union employees. I'd love to see the percentages of tax money that goes to retired workers some still in their 40s. The unions don't want to budge. Everyone else has had to tighten their belts because of the economy not the unions. The SS retirement age for me has gone up to 67. The unions think that should not apply to them. If it was the private sector I don’t care. But when it comes to my tax dollars I have issues with that.
Neil October 25, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Tom, Unions are not the problem. In fact, strong unions make for a strong middle class. State and town's budgets are in crisis because of the great recession caused by the financial crisis created by Wall St. It was entirely avoidable. 8.5 million jobs were lost, and $14 trillion in homeowner value in the great recession. Tax revenue is down because of job loss. Pension funds took a big hit too becuase they like everyone had bought the toxic mortgage-backed securities that Wall St so;d worldwide as AAA quality. It wasn't. From 2000-2007 the majority of corporate profit increase came from cuts in salary and benefits according to a study done by JP Morgan. At the same time corporate America was seeing record profit. All of the profit is flowing to the top, even as productivity increases. Unions are not the problem.
Bob October 25, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Neil, Kennedy care so much about safety that he pushed to allow physicians from schools outside the US who were not eligible to work in US hospitals, to work in VA hospitals. Kennedy was so for the middle class that he tried to remove the estate protections his family enjoyed so us in the middle who aspired to be in the upper wouldn't get the same. He was a real prince! Forget the sexual assaults and murder in his own war on women! Thank God we have one Senator that isn't a total embarrassment! As for Warren, funny since she out in her "controls" credit card interest rates and fees have skyrocketed! I wonder if that is why she is getting so much money from them? Nah couldn't be! Right?
Bob October 25, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Neil, State budget gaps have closed by half but their debt has barely changed over the last year. The states have about $2.8 TRILLION in unfunded liabilities! California just announced that they made 1% return on their public employee retirement funds. They are paying out at a rate that requires about 7.5% return. This means California will have to pay more to fund pensions. They are dying and the public unions don't care as long as they get theirs!
Rick M October 31, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Has anybody posted about the reason that Warren stopped at the Tewksbury headquarters? She went there because that is where we will need federal funding to rehab/rebuild. Tbury is in the same straights as everyone else and is in no shape to take out more long term debt to get this done. Fed support with some state and local help is the only way this will be a reality. Too bad no selectman were there to discuss what help she can give us if she is able to knock down brown. Has the standing senator ever been to our town in this campaign? I live in south Tewksbury, "southie" as I affectionately call it and am surrounded by working class all the way....not a lot of brown signs down here. This is the highest concentration of population in town, be interesting to see how many of us are getting out there to vote! I love that debit card reform that Warren pushed for. Before if I overdrafted my account, the bank would approve the purchases and whack me for $32 a pop....now if there's no money, it declines just like my credit card would if I went over my limit.

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