(Original Story Here: http://www.lowellsun.com/opinion/ci_30112011/beacon-hill-sneaks-got-caught-this-time)
Did Massachusetts Senate Democrats push through an 11th-hour amendment to soften the rules to give illegal immigrants a pathway toward obtaining driver's licenses? You bet they did, and anyone who says otherwise isn't being truthful.
State Rep. Jim Lyons, an Andover Republican, caught Democratic State Sen. Tom McGee's sneaky maneuver and bellowed loud and clear about it.
Car engines on Beacon Hill already were revving in the reserved parking lot, readying for the stampede out of Boston for the Fourth of July weekend, so Lyons' objections weren't taken too kindly by the Lynn legislator and the liberal horde. Some tried to shout Lyons down.
But a good thing Lyons came, saw and spoke out. He was correct.
Click here to listen to Rep. Jim Lyons discuss Drivers Licenses for People Not Legally in This Country on 680AM WRKO: http://media.wrko.com/a/115828022/rep-jim-lyons-on-drivers-licenses-for-illegals.htm)
State Rep. Jim Lyons, R-Andover, spoke like a firebrand, at times.
"My office has been inundated with citizens telling them that they have been threatened with eminent domain," Lyons said.
He said the scenario typically went like this: someone knocks on a door and says to the homeowner that they are going to survey their property. The homeowner tells the Kinder Morgan representative, No. they may not survey the property, after which the representative tells them that they will pursue the property through eminent domain.
“It is time that Kinder Morgan stopped threatening our communities,” Lyons said.Read more
State Rep. Jim Lyons, R-Andover, has secured $822,193 in funding for local road and bridge repairs for the town of North Andover. The funding was included as part of a $200 million Chapter 90 bond authorization approved by the House of Representatives on March 30.
“This is great news for North Andover because it means additional funding will soon be available to address the town’s needs during the 2016 construction season,” said Lyons.Read more
State Reps. Jim Lyons, R-Andover, and Jim Miceli, D-Wilmington announced last week that the Town of Tewksbury will receive $916,494 for local road and bridge repairs.
The funding was included as part of a $200 million Chapter 90 bond authorization approved by the House of Representatives on March 30. Matching Governor Baker's requested amount, the funds are raised via 30-year bond sales and go directly to capital improvement projects, road repair, and other transportation-oriented improvements across the state.
“This is great news for Tewksbury because it means additional funding will soon be available to address the town’s needs during the 2016 construction season,” said Lyons.Read more