• State House News Service: Group backs periodic reviews of tax breaks

    April 23, 2012 - The following content was created by the State House News Service and published by the Commonwealth Magazine.
    A state commission assembled to review a $26 billion budget of tax breaks, deductions, and expenditures unanimously approved recommendations on Monday calling for periodic reviews to assess the effectiveness of current tax expenditures and for certain breaks to sunset every five years.

    Bump said she was “extremely excited” by the results of the commission’s work, and pledged to continue with her own audit of businesses’ compliance with the tax breaks they routinely use each year.

    “We reached bi-partisan consensus on a framework and standards for evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of every existing and proposed tax expenditure. In the context of the polarization and paralysis that characterizes tax policy development at the national level, the collaborative work of this commission is both inspiring and encouraging,” Bump said in a statement.

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  • State House News Service: 53 targeted in in alleged food stamp fraud

    April 20, 2012 - The following content was originally created by the State House News Service and published by the Eagle-Tribune

    Fifty-three people were targeted as part of widespread investigation involving city, state and federal law enforcement agencies that resulted in the raid of a Quincy convenience store and several downtown Boston businesses, officials said.

    "We know that there has been food stamp fraud and an uptick in food stamp fraud. It's a trend that's literally sweeping the nation," Bump told reporters, adding, "This is a complete tragedy and works to the detriment of all that are deserving, some now more than ever."

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  • MetroWest Daily News: State auditor attends Marlborough’s annual senior conference

    April 20, 2012The following content was originally published by the MetroWest Daily News

    Just a few miles from the headquarters of Evergreen Solar, which declared bankruptcy after accepting tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks and subsidies, state Auditor Suzanne Bump said yesterday that a commission will release recommendations next week to bring more accountability to tax-break programs.

    Speaking at the 32nd annual senior conference at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, Bump said the review of tax incentives is one way her office aims to protect taxpayer dollars.

    During the conference, hosted by state Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, Bump said her office had reviewed about $2 billion worth of existing tax incentives. About half of those, she said, lacked certain identified attributes such as proper transparency or accountability.

    Many of them, she said, lacked an explicit purpose and several were without “clawback” provisions, or stipulations allowing the state to recoup cash if a business or entity reneges on their end of the tax break or credit agreement.

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  • Charlestown Patch: Life Focus Center to Shut Down in June

    April 18, 2012 - The following content was originally published by Charlestown Patch.
    Life Focus Center of Charlestown has received a contract termination notice from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) for all programs we provide, with an effective date of June 16, 2012. We are both surprised and severely disappointed that DDS abruptly ceased working with us after months of hard work trying to upgrade our management systems and comply with the State Auditor’s report.

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