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Bailey Attacks Sen. Timilty's Small Business Record

The senator says his record is good and business groups agree.

Jeff Bailey, the Attleboro Republican attempting to unseat Democratic state Sen. James Timilty, recently attacked the incumbent's treatment of small businesses. Timilty responded that his record is good and business groups agree.

Following last week's announcement from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development* that statewide unemployment had climbed from 6.1 percent in July to 6.3 percent in August, Bailey issued a statement that Timilty didn't understand "how vital small businesses are to our state." He said his evidence was the senator voting in favor of a bill recently signed by Gov. Deval Patrick into law that Bailey described as "forc[ing] home daycare centers to join state employee unions."

Bailey wrote, "That's about as anti-small business as you can get. Our families deserve a senator who is focused on job creation not fighting for the Boston labor unions."

When asked about this statement, Timilty said what was actually approved did not affect private business. He noted the only people eligible to unionize under the measure are independent childcare providers who work out of a home and receive compensation through state vouchers.

"It makes certain that those who are taking care of our children in a state-supported setting are reimbursed at a livable wage since they are doing the most important job, which is taking care of our kids, while individuals are away at work," Timilty said.

The senator also took exception to Bailey's characterization of him as not being a supporter of small businesses. He said he speaks to business leaders regularly, especially at ribbon-cutting events hosted by the United Regional Chamber of Commerce, to find out what their needs are. Timilty also noted that he received an 80 percent rating in the National Federation of Independent Business' 2011-12 Legislator Report Card and was named one of the"Great 8" legislators for 2011-12 by the state's Restaurant and Business Alliance.

This has been a mostly quiet campaign for the seat of the Bristol and Norfolk District, which includes portions of Attleboro (Wards 4, 5, 6 and Precinct B of Ward 3), Mansfield, Norton, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Foxborough, Medfield, Walpole and portions of Sharon (Precincts 1, 4 and 5). Bailey has been the senior pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Attleboro for 23 years and founded the church's K-12 school. This is his first political run. Timilty, a resident of Walpole from a family with an extensive history in Massachusetts politics, was first elected as senator in 2004.

During the summer, Bailey had challenged Timilty to nine debates. The senator reiterated this week a statement he made during the summer, that he would debate Bailey as long as the host were "an organic, non-partisan entity." The two are yet to meet in a debate, but they will both appear at an event next month in Norwood hosted by local League of Women Voters groups. One of the organizers stressed the event, which will feature contestants in other political races, is a forum and not a debate.

The forum, hosted by the League of Women Voters of Norwood and the League of Women Voters of Walpole/Westwood, will take place at Norwood Town Hall on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. An organizer said the portion involving Bailey and Timilty is expected to take place after 8 p.m.

*August unemployment was 9.6 percent in Attleboro and 8.4 percent in Seekonk. 

Kathy D'Agostino September 30, 2012 at 01:16 AM
@Kevin Douglas - I'm not sure what oversight to Family Child Care Providers you're referring to, as licensed family child care providers receive already receive visits from the state. Many of us belong to food programs, also requiring 3-4 visits yearly. Not to mention the parents or guardians dropping off and picking up their children at various times during the day. Yes, there are some FCCP's out there that are not running quality programs, as you see in any profession. But the union is not going to be visiting FCCP's homes. The only thing they will be able to do is negotiate with the state for increased voucher rates. We do not need a union for that. We need the state to put their money where their mouth is and pay for the high quality they say is so important for ALL children in their early years. The legislators can do that without a union, but when the union is paying for their campaign mailings...well, just follow the money. Unions are supposed to fight for the worker...not line the pockets of the employer, in this case, elected officials.
Gretchen Robinson September 30, 2012 at 02:07 AM
deb: I think the sales tax should be rolled back to 5% sales taxes are regressive, they affect the poor more than the wealthy but at least clothing and food are exempt, unlike some states
ARVT October 01, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Dear "deb" - RE: "I have not followed Timilty's record for a few years. Did he vote to raise the sales tax 25% in the first place?" Sales Tax Increase was passed in Senate in May 2009. Language can be found here: http://www.masenate.gov/Bills/186/Senate/S02054 Vote [Yeas and Nays No. 45 ] can be found here: http://www.mass.gov/legis/journal/186/sj051909.htm "Timilty, James E." is in the NO column if you're too lazy to follow the links. Facts are useful. Keep lying though, its worked great so far... Sincerely, -AttleboroRepublicanVotingTimilty
deb of see-attleboro October 01, 2012 at 10:15 AM
What did I lie about? Did he vote for forced unionization of family day care providers or not? From the article: (In case you're too lazy to read it) "...Timilty said what was actually approved did not affect private business. He noted the only people eligible to uionize under the measure are individual childcare providers who work out of the home and receive compensation through state vouchers". "ARVT", Here are a few questions. 1) Are family day care providers simply "eligible" to uionize if they want to continue accepting vouchers OR are they "mandated" to join the union. 3)Is it true that corporati day care providers who accept vouchers are exempt from the law? 4)Are family day care providers private or public? Timilty seems to imply the act of accepting vouchers makes them public. Maybe you agree. Perhaps rather than attacking me, make yourself useful and take on Ms. D'agostino .Her very first post on this thread builds a strong case as to why this bill is hurtful to small business. Explain to her how her Rep and Senator are doing her a big favor with this legislation.
Emcee of Seekonk October 01, 2012 at 11:46 AM
@deb... "What did I lie about?" If I've learned anything on Patch it is that 'they' will put you on the defensive every time. They ask outrageous questions or make false statements and accusations until you finally come up for the bait (and I do far too often). These people are very offensive. A meaningful discussion is next to impossible. Mitt Romney .. Sean Bielat .. Scott Brown .. and Jeff Bailey for 2012.

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