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Cahill: 'Decision Has Been Made' on National Education Standards

Posted by Christopher Geehern on Sep 15, 2010 12:05:00 PM

Independent candidate for governor Timothy Cahill today pledged to support the commonwealth’s recent adoption of national education standards, even though he has opposed the move during the campaign.

CahillCahill told business leaders at an event sponsored by Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education that as governor, he will support the so-called Common Core standards as long as they do not water down the success of the Massachusetts education reform.

“I’m not here to fight old fights. I’m all about results, that’s what I care about,” Cahill said.

“You have a commitment that we will work hard and closely with you because we share the same goals.”

Cahill struck a pragmatic tone during remarks at the first of three AIM/MBAE gubernatorial forums on education and its importance to the Massachusetts economy. The state treasurer maintained that his experience restructuring the sprawling state school construction program underscores his ability to manage complex problems, promote efficiency and forge alliances with labor unions and other groups that are key to improving public schools.

On the issues, Cahill supports merit pay implemented at the school-system level, continued progress on education reform and attention to what he calls the “unspoken achievement gap” harming students in small communities that lack the political clout of large cities and affluent suburbs.

He also maintained that the commonwealth’s ability to improve its schools depends upon its ability to improve its economy. He said he does not intend to reduce funding for public schools but that “everything is on the table” given the current fiscal crisis.

“At the end of the day, we can’t solve any of our problems if people aren’t working,” he said.

The candidate said his approach to education reflects personal experience with public schools. One of nine children, he said the eldest four siblings in his family received better educations before the imposition of Proposition 2 ½ than the younger five children did after the measure that limited increases in local property taxes. He sent two of his own children to private school because of delays and political wrangling over the construction of a public high school.

But it is the school construction program, Cahill said, that offers the best glimpse into his approach for building a sound financial basis for educational improvement. The treasurer pushed aggressively during 2004 for a school finance reform bill and has since used that law to reduce construction costs, compress timelines for building schools and create more accountability among local school disctricts.

“We build schools and pay for them as we are building them,” he said.

AIM will post video of Cahill’s remarks in the next several days.

The next session in the AIM/MBAE series will take place September 22 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. as Republican challenger Charles Baker discussed education issues. Incumbent Democrat Deval Patrick will speak on September 29 from 8:30-10 a.m. Contact Candace Kydd for registration information.

Topics: Race for Governor, Education, Timothy Cahill

Charles Baker Speaks at AIM/Denterlein Candidate Series

Posted by Christopher Geehern on Jun 4, 2010 1:54:00 PM

AIM and Denterlein Worldwide yesterday wrapped up a series of forums with the candidates for governor with Republican candidate, Charlie Baker. The forum series gave candidates the opportunity to discuss their approaches to business and economic issues with a small audience of executives from throughout the commonwealth.

Mr. Baker yesterday covered topics ranging from the regulatory process and budgetary planning to health care reform, education and taxes. AIM President and Chief Executive Officer Richard C. Lord introduced the program.

 

AIM has posted segments of candidate remarks at these forums to give employers an opportunity to hear directly how each intends to steer Massachusetts out of the deepest recession in 80 years. Please share on our blog, your questions for any of the gubernatorial candidates, and AIM will attempt to secure a response.

Governor Deval Patrick visited the forum in March. State Treasurer and Independent candidate Timothy Cahill visited the forum in April. Click the links below to hear their remarks.

Patrick Remarks

Cahill Remarks

Topics: AIM, Massachusetts economy, Health Care, Deval Patrick, Candidates, Taxes, Massachusetts, Richard Lord, State Budget, Business Costs, Timothy Cahill, Charlie Baker

Cahill Calls State Financial Incentives 'Upside-Down'

Posted by Christopher Geehern on Apr 29, 2010 3:18:00 PM

State Treasurer and independent candidate for Governor Timothy Cahill argued today that Massachusetts state government maintains an "upside-down" system of fiscal incentives that punishes conservative financial management and rewards irresponsible spending.

Mr. Cahill told business leaders attending the second of three AIM/Denterlein Worldwide gubernatorial candidate forums that he would stimulate job growth by lowering both corporate and individual taxes.  The commonwealth can cut taxes and maintain services, he said, in much the same way that the school building program overseen by his office has used efficiencies to expand school construction through lean financial times.

"We are not a competitive state when it comes to the cost of doing business ... But not many people on Beacon Hill know that," Mr. Cahill said.

Asked about his status as an independent candidate, Mr. Cahill responded, "The message is that the two-party system is no longer solving our problems. People are fighting from the left and from the right and bickering is not helping the economy, which is the number one concern."

Mr. Cahill opposes the Cape Wind project approved Wednesday by federal regulators on the grounds that it will increase electricity costs for Massachusetts consumers and employers. He believes that resort casinos represent the most reasonable method for extending the gaming that has taken place through the Massachusetts lottery for the past 30 years.

On this issue of controlling health care costs, Mr. Cahill drew a parallel to the Big Dig construction project - when consumers don't know the cost of a service, the price generally increases.

Topics: Associated Industries of Massachusetts, AIM, Candidates, Election, Timothy Cahill

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