State spending is out of control. Instead of tightening its fiscal belt like all families have done, our state government has hiked taxes, depleted the stabilization fund, and shifted hardships to towns by cutting local aid. I will propose to cut taxes by cutting state spending. We can stop waste and fraud, create cost-effective reforms, and encourage entrepreneurial government. The worst thing to do in a recession is to increase tax burdens. Tax freedom day, the day when people have earned enough money to pay all their taxes for the year, arrives on April 16 in Massachusetts. People should not be paying more when we could do a much better job with the tax revenues we already have by making government work smarter. I pledge never to support an increase in tax burden while I serve as your State Representative.