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Brian Herr on Budget & Economy

 


Limited Hopkinton annual property tax increase to under 2.5%

As chairman of the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen, Herr said, he ran the town like a private business, cutting spending in several areas and consolidating departments. The cuts allowed Hopkinton to limit its annual property tax increase, instead of raising taxes the allowed 2.5%.

Herr believes politics in Hopkinton is a microcosm of politics at the state and national levels and believes his experience there [demonstrates how to put] problem-solving before party politics and promote pragmatic budgeting.

Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette on 2014 MA Senate race , Aug 16, 2010

Control spending; oppose earmarks; reduce national debt

Herr says that government should and can be run like a business, with metrics used to measure return on investment. "You're never going to convince me that spending beyond your means is a good way to run an organization," Herr said.

To reduce the national debt, Herr said he wants to control spending and is willing to make difficult, unpopular decisions, such as opposing earmarks and "pet projects."

"We can't tax our way out of this," he said. While he thinks stimulus spending has only saved jobs and not created new employment or growth, Herr said he would like to see government invest in the digital backbone of the third district to encourage companies to expand. He also backs continued support for those still unemployed. "I'm not opposed to government," he said. "I studied it, and I like it."

Source: MetroWest Daily News on 2014 MA Senate race , Aug 16, 2010

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