Frustration with DCF evident among lawmakers at hearing

by Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Rep. Geoffrey Diehl, a Whitman Republican, spoke about criticisms made by Judge William Young about the agency, that it had not even followed its own internal policies, and asked Roche what those specific policies were. “She pointed repeatedly to the fact that they will be working on issues with outside groups, but it seems to be there was little internal review done in the past, other than to in some cases I suppose fire people, in cases that were public,” Diehl said afterwards. “If you’re being told by a federal judge that you’re not even meeting your own internal policies, let alone state and federal standards, then I think you have to take a real strong look at what’s going on.”

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Gas Tax Indexing Opponent Irked by Revenue Chair’s Observations

by M. Norton, SHNS/Nashoba Publishing
Monday, February 3, 2014

“I am deeply disturbed by Senator Rodrigues’ failure to recognize that Rep. Diehl testified on behalf of the 120,000 people who signed our petition to stop automatic tax hikes. I am one of those private sector workers who could not afford to take the day off from work to go to the State House to testify,” said Steve Aylward, a Republican state committeeman.”

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Shaunna O’Connell unveils her Small Business Bill of Rights

by Charles Winokoor, Taunton Gazette
Thursday, January 30, 2014

The biggest impediment to small business owners adding workers and expanding operations, she said, is uncertainty… Other GOP legislators who worked with O’Connell on the bill of rights include Geoff Diehl; Leah Cole; Randy Hunt; Lenny Mirra; Kevin Kuros; Marc Lombardo; Jim Lyons and Shawn Dooley.

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Massachusetts Lawmakers Flock Into the Twittersphere

by Neal Simpson, The Enterprise
Saturday, January 25, 2014

Diehl said he sees that personal touch as key to connecting with constituents over Twitter. “You need to dedicate yourself to a regimen, because clearly people are going to be able to tell a legislator who is really using Twitter or Facebook from someone who is having their staffers do it,” he said.

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MA Residents Face Among Highest Transportation Costs in US

by Zeke Wright, GoLocalWorcester
Thursday, January 9, 2014

“We don’t think it’s a funding issue,” said Rep. Geoff Diehl, a Republican representative from Whitman involved in the repeal campaign, who pointed to current above-benchmark tax collections halfway through the fiscal year. Diehl said opponents of the adjusted tax didn’t contest the 3-cent tax increase included in the transportation bill, but he did say there were other ways to raise revenue still to explore, including a tax amnesty plan or by cutting down on government waste. We just feel that we have more steps to take before asking taxpayers to pay more.”

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