WASHINGTON, D.C. – With Massachusetts’ legislature now convened for the 2012 session, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) has released an updated list of state elected officials in who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These legislators have made a written commitment to their constituents to never vote for a net tax increase. 


“With taxpayers in Massachusetts staring down the barrel of the largest federal tax increase in American history, which is set to kick in less than twelve short months from now, I applaud Massachusetts Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers for taking higher taxes off the table in their state,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “By making this commitment to their constituents, they clearly recognize that in light of the hundreds of billions in higher federal taxes to come out of Washington, D.C. in recent years, the last thing that Massachusetts taxpayers need is for lawmakers in Boston to pile on more job-killing tax increases at the state level,” Norquist added.


The list of those who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:


House of Representatives:

Robert Hedlund (S-Plym. & Norf.)

Paul Adams (Essex-7)

Demetrius John Atsalis (Barnst.-2)

Fred “Jay” Barrows (Brist.-1)

Richard Bastien (Worc.-2)

Matthew Beaton (Worc.-11)

Nicholas Boldyga (Hampden-3)

Angelo D’Emilia (Plymouth-8)

Vinnie DeMacedo (Plym.-1)

Geoffrey Diehl (Plymouth-7)

Peter Durant (Worcester-6)

Ryan Fattman (Worc.-18)

Kim Ferguson (Worc.-1)

Paul K. Frost (Worc.-7)

Susan Williams Gifford (Plym.-2)

Sheila Harrington (Middlesex-1)

Brad Hill (Essex-4)

Randy Hunt (Barnstable-5)

Steven Levy (Middlesex-4)

Marc Lombardo (Middlesex-22)

Jim Lyons (Essex-18)

James R. Miceli (Middlesex-19)

David Nangle (Middl.-17)

Shaunna O’Connell (Bristol-3)

Keiko Orrall (Lakeville-12)

Elizabeth A. Poirier (Brist.-14)

John H. Rogers (Norfolk-12)

George Ross (Bristol-2)

Todd Smola (Hamp.-1)

David Vieira (Barnstable-1)

Daniel Winslow (Norfolk-9)

Steve Howitt (Bristol-4)

Donald Humason (Hamp.-4)


State Senate:

Richard Ross (S-Norfolk, Bristol, & Middlesex)

Kevin Kuros (Worc.-8)


Americans for Tax Reform is a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose all tax increases.  For more information or to arrange an interview please contact John Kartch at (202) 785-0266 or by email at [email protected].