MA Legislators are out of touch with the Massachusetts average WORKING MAN when it comes to assessing fines, taxes and penalties.

MA Legislators are out of touch with the Massachusetts average WORKING MAN when it comes to assessing fines, taxes and penalties. Politicians typically have higher wages, higher savings, live in better homes and worry less about their next paycheck, groceries, and making their next mortgage  payment than the average MA tax payer who in fact they are supposed to represent.

Massachusetts, like most states, does not have a law requiring motorists scrape snow and ice off their vehicles before driving. State law, though, does declare people cannot “pile, push or plow snow or ice” onto a state highway.

State Rep. Cleon Turner, D-Dennis, filed legislation at the State House last month that would require drivers to remove ice and snow from their vehicles before hitting the road. His bill, which doesn’t specify fines, targets vehicles with roofs larger than 10 square feet with at least one-quarter an inch of snow or ice.

A similar yet unsuccessful snow-scraping bill was filed by former state Rep. Brian Knuuttila, D-Gardner, two years ago. The measure called for imposing a fine of up to $500 and up to six months in jail for failing to remove snow and ice from a vehicle. Knuuttila’s bill was rejected by the joint Transportation Committee.

Even though people cannot be cited for not cleaning off the ice from their vehicle roofs, they could still face financial penalties, Westborough Police Chief Alan Gordon said.

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Massachusetts company making diesel with sun, water, CO2

Massachusetts company making diesel with sun, water, CO2

This Oct. 26, 2010 photograph provided by Joule Unlimited shows the company’s ethanol and diesel production testing facility in Leander, Texas, where arrays of bacteria gather sunlight and carbon dioxide and convert them to fuel. (AP Photo/Joule Unlimited, Felicia Spagnoli) NO SALES
 
Jay Lindsay, Associated Press, On Sunday February 27, 2011, 10:28 am

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts biotech company is claiming it can produce renewable diesel fuel using the same ingredients that make grass grow.

Joule Unlimited in Cambridge says it has invented a genetically-engineered cyanobacterium that simply secretes the diesel — or ethanol — at remarkable rates.

The organisms live in water and take in sunlight and carbon dioxide. They then produce and directly secrete ethanol or hydrocarbons — the basis of various fuels, such as diesel — as a byproduct of photosynthesis.

Other methods for making fuel from solar energy use “biomass,” such as corn or algae. Joule says its technology is far less expensive.

Joule claims its work can change the world, but skeptics say the company may have trouble efficiently collecting the fuel they produce and also must demonstrate their technology on a broad scale.

MA Sen. John Kerry Puts his $7 million yacht in Rhode Island, Avoids MA Boat Tax,

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is docking his family’s new $7 million yacht in neighboring Rhode Island, allowing him to avoid paying roughly $500,000 in taxes to the cash-strapped Bay State. Its ironic because these are the same kind of taxes from which Kerry is paid to represent the people of Massachusetts.

Kerry Yacht

“Isabel,” the 76-foot yacht owned by Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, is undergoing repairs at the Hinckley shipyard in Portsmouth, R.I., Friday, July 23, 2010. Kerry is docking his family’s new $7 million yacht in neighboring Newport, R.I., allowing him to avoid paying roughly $500,000 in taxes to the cash-strapped Bay State. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

If the “Isabel” were kept at the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee’s summer vacation home on Nantucket, or in Boston Harbor near his city residence, he would be liable for $437,500 in one-time sales tax. He would also have to pay $70,000 in annual excise taxes.

(How is it that any average Massachusetts voter can feel this Multimillionaire could EVER represent their best interests? It just is not possible…)

Rhode Island repealed those taxes in 1993. That has made the state something of a nautical tax haven.

Kerry spokesman David Wade said Friday the boat is being kept at Newport Shipyard not to evade taxes, but “for long-term maintenance, upkeep and charter purposes.”

Wade noted the vessel was designed by Rhode Island boat designer Ted Fontaine and purchased in the state. It was built in New Zealand by Friendship Yachts.

A Department of Revenue spokesman said Kerry would be liable for Massachusetts taxes if he berthed the boat in the Bay State within six months of its purchase. If the “Isabel” were brought to Massachusetts after that period, the state would have to decide if it wanted to pursue the taxes.

Massachusetts, like most other states, has been grappling with plunging tax revenues. Last year’s budget decifict was $600 million, and officials are bracing for a $1 billion deficit this year.

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Heinz and Kerry live an affluent life. They own a six-floor, $7 million townhome in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, a $9 million ocean-front home on Nantucket, a $5 million ski retreat in Idaho, a $4 million estate in Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania near the Heinz family’s home base of Pittsburgh, and a $5 million home in Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood.

He is entitled to lavish in and enjoy his wealth but one question come to mind.

How does this guy represent the average Massachusetts resident? He is too far removed…He does not have a clue of today’s average man’s struggles. He is an elite.

The people of Massachusetts need to elect political representatives who live in the same income range as they do. Otherwise the people of MA will get representation that mostly reflects the wants and needs of the disconnected, far removed elite and which does not serve them well.

Evergreen Solar Moves Massachusetts Factory to China

Evergreen Solar Moves Massachusetts Factory to China
Evergreen Solar, the third-largest manufacturer of solar panels in the United States, will close its main American factory in Devens, Mass., and relocate the production facility to China. Evergreen, which has yet to turn a profit in three years of operation at this facility, will lay off approximately 800 workers at the end of March. More

USA  to Boycott Evergreen Solar Products