Vispoli: Don’t Move the Lawrence Registry

Alex VispoliAndover Selectman and candidate for the State Senate, Alex Vispoli spoke out in opposition to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, in Lawrence, being moved from the Plaza on Rt. 114 to near City Hall where there is very limited parking.
“We are talking about the Registry so I think moving the location where there’s easy access and parking is plentiful to a location where parking is limited is questionable. This is a prime example of state government failing to be responsive to their customers,” said Vispoli.

“As the next State Senator, I am going to push for the small business bill of rights that will help create jobs and revitalize areas. Moving the registry from one location to another is not an economic plan just a reshuffling of the deck. The people of this district need long term solutions,” said Vispoli.

Vispoli is supporting the Small Business Bill of Rights package that includes the following initiatives to help grow jobs:
Small Business Bill of Rights

* One-year adjustment period before a new regulation can take effect
Businesses need certainty. By creating a one-year waiting period, businesses will have the time to prepare for the new requirement and make the appropriate adjustments. It will make it more affordable for them.
* Require a systematic cost-benefit analysis of regulations every 5 years
The Patrick administration has been reviewing some regulations, but it should occur every 5 years to ensure that regulations have not outlived their usefulness.

* Allow people to freelance work and allow businesses to hire freelancers
The Massachusetts state law on independent contractors makes it almost impossible to hire a freelance person. By correcting the definition, we will be creating more opportunities for businesses to test new positions which often lead to full time positions.

* Require a cost-benefit analysis of all new energy projects
The cost of doing business in Massachusetts is very expensive. We have some of the highest utility costs in the nation. Before beginning a utility project, there should be a cost-benefit analysis to determine the worthiness of the project.

* Require hearings before taxes are increased

The tech tax is a perfect example of legislators voting to increase taxes before knowing the full impact. By holding hearings around the state, businesses will be able to educate legislators as to the direct impact before there is a vote.

* Limit treble damages to willful actions

These hefty fines should only be imposed on small businesses when there is willful action on wage disputes, not for innocent mistakes.