Archive for Legislative/Political

Friday, January 27th, 2017 @ 2:04PM

Are some MA legislators hypocritical on pay raise vote?

Background Seemingly out of the blue, a hearing was hastily called a couple of weeks ago to weigh the merits of a December 2014 commission report on elected officials’ salaries. That hearing, which did not feature the text of a pay raise bill, was followed by the release of House…

Sunday, September 13th, 2015 @ 7:59AM

A case against legalization of recreational marijuana

There are a number of aspects to consider when weighing the merits of a ballot question that would legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes in Massachusetts, including: Gateway drug debate Science of the developing brain Relative harm of using marijuana versus alcohol, prescription medications, and other illicit/licit substances…

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 @ 11:13AM

Vote “Yes” on Question 1: An Accountant’s Perspective on the Gas Tax

The November 2014 ballot in Massachusetts contains four questions that were brought by citizens’ petition. Question 1 would repeal the automatic increase of the gasoline/diesel excise tax based on inflation. Background In 2013, legislators passed a 3-cent per gallon increase in the excise tax to raise funds for bridge and…

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 @ 8:29PM

Illegal immigration: Do states have a role to play?

The Federal Role Section 8 of Article I of the U.S. Constitution declares that Congress has the power to establish a uniform rule of naturalization. It is one of the so-called enumerated powers, specific and exclusive to Congress. That being the case, the states cannot create their own laws relative…

Monday, August 4th, 2014 @ 9:00AM

Join email lists for updates on joint committee activities

In an effort to improve communications and transparency, I am creating email notification lists for constituents who are interested in the activities of any or all of my three joint committees. I will post advance notices of hearings and track activities of key bills moving through the committee process. Complete the…

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 @ 11:17AM

Rep. Hunt discusses governor’s immigration plan on Fox 25 Boston

See my interview with VB about the governor making plans and commitments with zero input from local, state or federal elected officials. http://www.myfoxboston.com/clip/10411827/state-rep-randy-hunt-discusses-unaccompanied-minors

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 @ 6:16PM

Open letter to Governor Deval Patrick regarding disparaging comments made about the select board and residents of Bourne

Dear Governor Patrick: I am State Representative Randy Hunt. I feel an introduction is necessary because of your comment made on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in response to a question from Fox Boston reporter, Sharman Sachetti, who read a portion of a communication I authored stating that the Commonwealth of…

Saturday, July 19th, 2014 @ 9:48AM

Detaining illegal immigrants on Cape Cod is a bad idea

The first communication I got from Governor Deval Patrick’s office was Friday morning, July 18, 2014, to let me know that the governor would be holding a press conference to announce his plea to the Obama administration to send illegal immigrant minors to Massachusetts. Situation Evolving On Tuesday, July 15th,…

Friday, July 18th, 2014 @ 10:49AM

Governor Patrick’s FAQs regarding his plan to shelter illegal immigrants

Massachusetts Governor Patrick held a press conference this morning to explain how the state is planning to assist the Federal government in dealing with the immigration crisis, particularly as it relates to unaccompanied minors, who are crossing the border in South Texas in large numbers. The governor distributed two frequently…

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 @ 1:38PM

Deval Patrick’s failed leadership and why it should inform the November election

It’s déjà vu all over again, it’s déjà vu all over again, its… Leaders lead. They don’t type every word of a regulation; they don’t make every decision; they don’t shoot the bullets in a war. Leaders lead by creating a vision, building an organization, setting goals, hiring the right…

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 @ 11:30AM

Commissioner Roche cannot end DCF crisis

The disappearance of five-year-old Jeremiah Oliver sometime between September and December 2013 touched off a crisis at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF). Criticism has been non-stop, much of it waged at DCF Commissioner Olga Roche but also at our seemingly lightly engaged governor and the state’s oversight…

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 @ 10:32AM

Can we have our money back? Pretty please?

Similar scenarios to that which is unfolding in the Town of Sandwich, Massachusetts, are happening around the commonwealth. Every town and city is in the same boat. On January 16, 2014, the select board listened to the Department of Public Works director lay out plans for dealing with the town’s…

Friday, January 3rd, 2014 @ 2:02PM

Jerry Madden, leading the way on crime reforms

I caught up with Jerry Madden, retired Texas state representative, in Dallas on November 27, 2013 to ask him how Texas became one of the first states to pass sweeping crime and justice reforms in decades. Texas, with its reputation for locking ’em up and throwing away the key, not…

Sunday, October 13th, 2013 @ 12:15PM

Finding out what’s in ObamaCare

Listening to Paul Krugman on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, you’d believe that the measure of success for ObamaCare is someone being able to log into the insurance exchange and create an account. He assures us that these glitches will be resolved. Read more…

Friday, July 5th, 2013 @ 9:06PM

Fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts; driving while on the phone is not

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), consumer fireworks in 2011 caused 17,800 fires in the United States which “resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths.” Two things stand out in this factoid: 1) Like guns, cars and kitchen knives, fireworks generally do not injure or kill people…