Throughout my campaign for governor, I have often thought of a familiar adage: “Common sense is seeing things as they are and doing things as they should be done.”
Although this sounds like the perfect model for leadership on Beacon Hill, the Commonwealth has instead been rife with partisan politics, wasteful spending and rising deficits throughout the past decade. With more than 310,000 residents unemployed and thousands more living paycheck to paycheck, governmental inertia is the last thing we can afford.
Massachusetts is in need of common sense. We haven’t seen it from our current governor, who approved a 25 percent sales tax increase during an economic crisis and refused to sign gaming legislation that would have created 15,000 jobs.
Nor have we seen it from my Republican opponent, who burdened taxpayers with billions of dollars in Big Dig financing debt, and whose salary as a health care executive tripled while his company hit consumers with a 150 percent premium increase.
It’s decisions like these that endanger our residents. Governing means making difficult choices, but threatening the livelihood of our citizens is always the wrong choice.
Unlike my opponents, I come from a middle-class background and understand the daily adversity our citizens must overcome. As state treasurer for the last seven years, I have always made our communities my top priority. As governor, I will be guided by common sense principles that put the public interest first, strengthen our economy and make it easier for small businesses to succeed.
I’m running for governor as an independent to bring leadership defined by fiscal responsibility, job creation and entrepreneurship. I am the only candidate in this race with a proven track record for fiscal reform and the only one not beholden to party politics or special interests.
If you honor me with your vote, I promise to fight every day to ensure that your voice is heard on Beacon Hill. Together, we will form a partnership that provides employment for our citizens, a voice to our communities and common sense to Massachusetts.
– Independent gubernatorial candidate Tim Cahill is the state treasurer. Metro's gubernatorial guest column series will continue tomorrow with Republican Charlie Baker.
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