WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).
Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury).
#11) Do you feel Massachusetts residents are over-taxed? How will you balance the need to provide government services to the taxpayers & fund the government with most taxpayers’ desire for no tax increases? Can you point to anywhere in the state budget where you believe there is waste, fraud or abuse? What will you do about it?
When it comes to taxes, I’m the only candidate who is running to put the taxpayers first. I’m the only candidate who has worked to lower our tax burden by collecting signatures for a ballot question to reduce the sales tax and establish a permanent tax free weekend. I’m also the only candidate who has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to oppose and vote against all efforts to raise taxes. That’s because Massachusetts doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. Our spending is at a record high. The current revenue is $1.2 Billion higher than what was originally projected. So please don’t be fooled by the same ol’ Beacon Hill song and dance that we, that taxpayers, need to give more of our hard earned money to the government in order to provide the necessary services. The money is already there. It’s simply a matter of priorities.
As far as fraud, waste and abuse? $1.8 Billion is the number that always stands out to me. That’s the amount we, the taxpayers pay to provide benefits and services for those who are here illegally. And if Massachusetts becomes a Sanctuary State. That amount will grow. That is why I have been a bold “NO” to Massachusetts becoming a Sanctuary State since launching my campaign last October. I also consider $18 Million in legislative pay raises to be a waste. Which is why I’m the only candidate to pledge to never vote myself a pay raise if there’s an increase to the base salary, I will donate it to charity.
#12) Former State Representative Jim Miceli was known through the district for his extraordinary constituent services. Do you pledge to provide a similar level of constituent services if elected? How will you be responsive to requests for help from residents of Wilmington and Tewksbury?
Constituent services, just like customer services, are people services. As a branch manager at a local bank, I’ve been working in people services for well over 10 years. Individuals and small businesses come to me on a daily basis and I meet their needs. The same will hold true as State Representative. I love people and I enjoy helping. Mr. Miceli did too. He was amazing at that and no one will ever be able to compare. I will be reachable morning, noon and night and will bring a unique skill set to this office of being a career professional. It has been very rewarding to have individuals already reaching out to me for help and guidance. They tell me I’m very approachable. Must be the lawn smiles. 🙂
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