* Committed to maintaining current levels of local aid to fund schools and municipal services while protecting core programs by finding efficiencies and eliminating unnecessary or unwarranted expenditures
* Appointed to serve on Special Municipal Relief Commission to explore ways to ease financial burden on cities and towns
* Chaired Revenue Committee and supported legislation to allow increase in local option meal tax and hotel tax for cities and towns
* Led passage of 2008 law closing corporate tax loopholes and reducing corporate tax rates, resulting in increased revenues and fairer distribution of the tax burden among corporations. This reform lowered the corporate-tax rate from 9.5% to 8.0%, while leveling the playing field for small businesses and home-grown Massachusetts companies.