Tewksbury, MA . . . .Today Jeff Dufour, (R Tewksbury) candidate for State Representative in the Essex 18th House district, criticized incumbent Tram Nguyen’s recent vote which would open the door for government bureaucrats to create and raise taxes.
“We are in the middle of a pandemic. Over 1.1 million people have applied for unemployment in Massachusetts. Our state has the highest unemployment rate in the nation. So what does our incumbent do? She votes for a bill that will give authority to government bureaucrats to create and raise taxes. People don’t need another tax increase. Yet, she voted to put Taxachusetts on Red Bull,” said Dufour.
The incumbent voted for H.4912 “an act creating a 2050 road map to a clean and thriving Commonwealth.” This bill transfers taxing authority from the legislature to government bureaucrats. It will allow for the creation of a new carbon tax and the increasing of the gas tax. It is estimated that the gas tax will increase 17 cents per gallon in the first year.
“In 2014 voters were clear. They did not want automatic gas tax hikes. They believe that the legislature needs to do their job of representing people. Unfortunately, the incumbent has completely rejected the will of the people. Taxation is the job of the legislature. She has voted to abdicate her responsibilities. We need a new Representative who will listen and help,” said Dufour.
“Just this year the incumbent has voted to increase our gas taxes 21 cents per gallon at a time when families can least afford it. Ouch,” said Dufour. “As the next State Representative, I will work to revive our economy and put people back to work. I will never vote to abdicate legislative duties to government bureaucrats.”
In March, Rep. Nguyen voted for the Transportation Bond Bill that raised the gas tax 5 cents and the diesel tax 9 cents and put new fees on UBER and Lyft.
Background on Jeff Dufour
Jeff Dufour is a leader for the people – not the insiders or the special interest groups. Having lived in the region for more than 35 years, he truly cares about the direction of our district and state. This is not a stepping stone for higher office or implementing an extreme agenda for him. It is about being our voice at the State House.
Jeff grew up in a paper mill town in Maine where his mother was a school teacher and his father worked as a grounds superintendent at the local university. He was raised to work hard, respect others and appreciate the value of community. Jeff is the third generation of his family to give back through public service. Jeff and his wife Marie have lived in Tewksbury for the past 24 years.
Jeff earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maine and has received education certificates for project management and financial planning from Merrimack College. Presently, he is an Information Systems Project Manager with over 25 years of corporate management and financial services experience.