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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. 

Arlene September 29, 2012 at 01:27 AM
@ Linda Lamarre, All of the things you list are good things but these providers will not get any of it so why should they be forced to join?
deb of see-attleboro September 29, 2012 at 01:32 AM
I look forward to hearing much more from Jeff Bailey. His recent Sun Chronicle is a start. One of his agenda items is to roll back the sales tax to 5%. Yippee!!!!
Liz. F September 29, 2012 at 01:39 AM
It might help Timilty's case, however, to give some evidence of business groups who do support his treatment of small businesses. Those voices are conspicuously missing from the article. Timolty's statement that a bill urging home daycare centers to join state employee unions "does not affect private businesses" reveals a startling ignorance of the basic groundwork of a capitalistic society. Timolty's stance ignores the fact that a majority of child care providers will turn away written authorizations in an attempt to sidestep being being cornered into a Union. Unfortunately, families headed by single mothers will take the brunt of this move as they are left with fewer and fewer choices. Under the laws of liberty on which our country, and our state were founded, mothers do and should have the opportunity to choose where to send their children and who will care for them. Timilty's stand on small businesses not only short-circuits the rights of the small business owner, but those of the mother of the small household as well.
Samuel Barton September 29, 2012 at 02:15 AM
How will SEIU improve the quality of Childcare? They have no expertise in early childhood education. In fact the Union will actually make it more difficult to shut down poorly run daycares as It is now their role to defend these daycares. Enough is enough. Time for a change in the Senator from this district.
Kathy D'Agostino September 29, 2012 at 02:52 AM
I have never belonged to a union, Linda, but I am about to. And it is not my choice. And, yes, I am familiar with what unions have done. In fact, I would love to have health care, retirement, disability benefits. If that were true, I wouldn't be fighting this battle. I have other very important things to do, like care for and educate the children in my care. It's Bill H3986. Look it up online and read it for yourself. Then let me know if it's a good thing or not. Believe me, it's not. The legislators that voted for this sold us out, plain and simple.
Carol Bragg September 29, 2012 at 08:38 AM
deb of see-attleboro: One thing we can do to reduce government spending is to stop repaving roads. The price of asphalt is skyrocketing and, as discussed at the regional planning agency, the federal funds are drying up. Our former Town Administrator told me there's a wealthy community (I don't remember the name) that doesn't pave some of their roads. Fancy houses and the owners prefer not to have the roads paved because it cuts down on speed and also the number of people who drive into their neighborhoods. If we continue to maintain all our roads and bridges, we'll have to increase the tax dollars spent on roads and bridges and cut from education, law enforcement, fire/rescue or libraries, especially if we want to lower taxes.
deb of see-attleboro September 29, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Carol: Do you really think ignoring road repair is the way to go? Yeah. We all do slow down on crappy roads, don't we. But most of us are not wealthy and can't replace our cars every two years And I would think the municipal vehicles (esp police) would either avoid the area or take the beating. I think wealthy people also like their neighborhoods patrolled. I guess property values would suffer, as well. Come to think of it, are these really *wealthy* people or people pretending to be wealthy? Wouldn't speed bumps make more sense? Or do the wealthy have their neighborhood roads maintained while lower income neighborhoods get ignored. Imagine what that would look like in Seekonk! Talk about class warfare! Not sure if it would be worth it.. IMO, maintaining infrastructure is fundamental to good government and a strong economy.
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) September 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Carol, I am curious what city determined not doing road paving was a good idea. You wrote, "Fancy houses and the owners prefer not to have the roads paved because it cuts down on speed and also the number of people who drive into their neighborhoods." I have covered some of the wealthiest cities/neighborhoods in the country, and I have never heard of that before. This sounds interesting.
paul September 29, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Carol, seeing roads being repaved is one of the only times we get to see our tax money in action. Should we put off plans for another 40yrs to fix the Grist Mill intersection because the price of asphalt has gone up? Labor goes up every year as well and some of our roads have been reduced to cart paths. Our roads need repair not speed bumps that slow emergency response times.
Emcee of Seekonk September 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Historically, unions have been a wonderful thing, but they have become too big, too powerful, too political. Too greedy. As a result, it takes two or three, maybe four, non-union workers' taxes to pay for the services and benefits of union workers. As unions increase their ranks and non-union jobs (small businesses) diminish, we can see things start to fall apart in the form of failed cities. I think unions have seen their heyday and it is behind them. They promote corruption, big time by interfering with elections always skewed to the left. As for this Bill 3986, I'm just hearing about it here. Shame on me. But, if Timilty voted for it, then it appears that either he didn't do his homework or he's just voting the Democratic line.
Kevin Douglas September 29, 2012 at 04:06 PM
@ deb - do you even follow our current Senator's votes? Roll back to 5% sales tax; Timilty's a YES. Roll back the income tax; Timilty's a YES. Sales Tax Holiday; Timilty's a YES. So your choice here, as I see it, is: - a guy who has openly stated all of his policies are coming from Grover Norquist ("no new taxes" pledge - where have we heard that before) and Tom Keyes (who? someone who is about to be a 2 time loser in the State Senate race in Plymouth. Yea, a neverwas) OR - a guy who does support Unions (hard working people who pay taxes), but also consistently votes against his party leadership on issues concerning small businesses and taxes. (for those poo-poo-ing an 80%: check out that NFIB scorecard, the next highest D is a 57%) Oh and @ Kathy D'Agostino - you forgot to mention that the bill finally brings some oversight to your industry. I don't know you or your business, so this isn't personal, but I think even you'd agree that there are some 'Family Child Care Providers' out there that could use an inspection every once in a while if we're all going to pay for the vouchers they receive. Don't want the oversight and government involved in your business? Then don't take the vouchers.
Carol Bragg September 29, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I'll try to find out. As I say, I was told this by a former Town Administrator after I reported to him that the regional planning agency said we're headed for real problems with maintaining our current roads. He said he'd driven through a very wealthy area and was puzzled that there were dirt roads and inquired why that was so. I asked at the planning agency meeting how we would make decisions about which roads to maintain and which to allow fall into disrepair and they said the rule of thumb is to maintain the roads in better condition. It's clear that our current road system is not sustainable. In any event, it was not the town that decided not to pave but a wealthy area that preferred to have dirt roads. It turned out less expensive and not a huge problem. I have a sister who lives on a well-inhabited dirt road in New Hampshire that's maintained by the town, including the plowing. When/if it gets too rutted, they simply re-grade. It's much cheaper than trying to maintain a paved road that cracks from freezing and thawing. My street is a bear for the DPW to maintain because it's used as a cut-through for heavy trucks. Perhaps if it were dirt, the trucks would not use it or would at least slow down.
deb of see-attleboro September 29, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I have not followed Timilty's record for a few years. Did he vote to raise the sales tax 25% in the first place? How many fees and taxes has he voted to raise? Has he ever cut anything? (Please do not include the stupid sales tax holiday) Let's be serious. All these guys make backroom deals before they cast votes. Timilty can vote yes on this. Some other guy votes no. EVERYBODY"s happy. It is all about the next election. How many terms has he served? It is time for Timilty to move on. As for the idea that family day care providers now have to "pay to play"? Extortion...brought to you buy James Timilty. Do you really think this will bring more oversight? More likely it will send providers underground.
deb of see-attleboro September 29, 2012 at 04:43 PM
And, BTW, having had a ringside seat as someone I knew was trying to become a licensed day care provider, I hardly thought it worth the effort. This was without the thought of vouchers.
Carol Bragg September 29, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Paul: The Grist Mill intersection should have long since been done. Part of the reason it hasn't been done is the state's inability to set priorities. I asked why the Baker's Corners project was involving so much more than the intersection and was told that the state insisted that Rte. 152 be repaved all the way to the Attleboro line. I felt 152 was in pretty good shape. The Grist Mill intersection has had to wait.
deb of see-attleboro September 29, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Last night I caught part of a previous BOS meeting. Seems we are going from consideration of a signal and minimal reconstruction to a possible two lane rotary. Two lanes? That's alot of asphalt!
Emcee of Seekonk September 29, 2012 at 05:36 PM
@deb... "Two lanes? That's alot of asphalt!" And a whole lot of ugly. In the meantime, Luther's Corner will remain the antiquated bottleneck that it always has been. But, we'll have a fancy, modern two-lane rotary emptying onto a narrow horse-and-buggy road coming and going.
Gretchen Robinson September 29, 2012 at 08:29 PM
my family of origin would not have survived without the carpenter's union my father belonged to. Stop tarring all unions as bad when smaller unions, which is the majority of them, are now more necessary than ever. Unions stand up to corporations that oppose the minimum wage and workers rights to a safe workplace. Unions built this country. I'm proud my father was a union man!!!
Gretchen Robinson September 29, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Jeff Bailey isn't going to tell you he's conservative on social issues and is a Creationist. In fact the school he heads teaches Creationism and thus it ill prepares the students to understand real science. Geography, anthropology, in fact, all the sciences are based on the scientific reality of Darwinian Evolution. Since Darwin's time, evidence has mounted to support Evolution. Look up "evolutionary development" on wiki for a glimpse of why this is so.
deb of see-attleboro September 29, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I certainly hope he includes Creationism in the curriculum. How ignorant it is for you to suggest a Christian pastor should do otherwise.
Gretchen Robinson September 29, 2012 at 08:53 PM
many many Christian pastors affirm Evolution and the scientific method. As does the Roman Catholic church and every advanced nation in the world. Only the USA has ideologues who cling to this form of willful ignorance.
deb of see-attleboro September 29, 2012 at 08:55 PM
And another thing, Gretchen. The other day you were complaining there is too much religion in politics. And once againit is YOU who jumps into a thread with your anti-Christian bigotry.
Gretchen Robinson September 29, 2012 at 09:00 PM
not true at all to say this is anti-Christian. I simply want our children to learn real science not pseudo science. Read The Devil in Dover to see how Creationism/ID in a case that pitted the two. The judge, a conservative Republican, ruled against Creationism. The ID people ("intelligent design, which is warmed over creationism) people had not legitimate facts to base their case on and just folded. The case for science was strong and valid. The judge lays out the whole legal challenge and how he had to decide as he did.
deb of see-attleboro September 29, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Many, many Christians accept the theory of evolution and the scientific method. That does not mean they have panned Creationism.
Carol Bragg September 29, 2012 at 09:55 PM
The state originally recommended the rotary as a better way of keeping the traffic flowing, but the BOS nixed it. I was involved in the early discussions and suggested trying one-way on Arcade to 44 for a while, to see whether that would help make the intersection safer. Lots of communities when they increased traffic do some one-ways. This would have been an inexpensive experiment. But no one else liked the idea. Anyway, I understand that the traffic lights would cause congestion and also take more land. When I'm returning from Route 6, I often turn left onto Waterman Ave and take Commercial Way to Route 44 to avoid Luther's Corners. Greater distance but shorter time.
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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