State income tax cut kicks in Thursday

 by Gerry Tuoti
Tuesday, December 30, 2014

While the $19 taxpayers will save might seem insignificant now, Rep. Geoff Diehl, R-Whitman, said that ballot questions, like the one reducing the income tax or the one that voters passed this November to undo a law tying the gas tax to inflation, will add up for taxpayers. “It is a cumulative effect of keeping more dollars in the household budget,” said Diehl. He added that the fact that the income tax was going down was also a sign of Massachusetts’ improving economy. “What I think is good is that we are clearly showing the state is bringing in the revenue we need,” Diehl said. While Diehl acknowledged the deficit that is looming in front of the Legislature, he characterized it as a “spending problem,” adding that he thought the Legislature would be able to get the deficit under control.

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State representative wants auditor to investigate DOT, cites high spending per road mile

 by Mike Deehan, MassLive
Thursday, December 4, 2014

BOSTON — Rep. Geoff Diehl, the Whitman Republican who helped lead the charge for the successful ballot measure that ended automatic increases to the state’s gas tax, asked Auditor Suzanne Bump Wednesday to investigate the finances of the state’s transportation department.

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Gov. Deval Patrick ‘open’ to Republican leader’s corporate tax amnesty proposal

Geoff Diehl, a Whitman Republican, said he will oppose any attempt to pass pay raises during an informal session. “This type of bill needs to have a full debate,” Diehl told The Republican/MassLive.com. Diehl said legislators should be required to go on record and take a formal vote on any bill that would raise the pay of public officials.

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Patrick, Baker differ on pay raise recommendations

by Gintautas Dumcius + Matt Murphy, Lowell Sun / SHNS
Monday, December 1, 2014

Several lawmakers have suggested pay raises would be difficult to approve during lightly attended informal sessions, where any single member can prevent a bill from advancing, and with the state in the midst of cutting programs and services. Whitman Republican Rep. Geoff Diehl has vowed to block any pay raise legislation since any single lawmaker can block a bill from advancing during informal sessions or bring such sessions to a halt by doubting the presence of a quorum.

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Commission backs big pay hikes for top elected officials

by Joshua Miller, Boston Globe
Monday, December 1, 2014

After passing a budget over the summer, the Legislature concluded formal business for the year. Still, it has met and advanced legislation in informal sessions. But in those sessions, a single legislator can derail proceedings. And state Representative Geoff Diehl, a Whitman Republican, has said he would block any pay hikes in an informal session.

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