AUBURN, Mass. – Auburn Selectman Steve Simonian is blaming legislators, including state Sen. Michael Moore, D-Millbury, for a CNBC report that sent Massachusetts tumbling in business rankings, but Moore said these claims are baseless and unjustified.
CNBC came out with a report this week that said Massachusetts suffered the biggest decline in the nation for the “top states for business.” Massachusetts sank to the middle of the nation in CNBC’s latest ranking, falling from sixth to 28th.
Simonian, the Republican candidate for the 2nd Worcester District seat now held by Moore, is trying to take advantage of this negative news in this election year.
“This troubling news is positive proof that Massachusetts needs competent leaders ready to fix the oppressive regulations that are eliminating jobs in this state, and representatives on Beacon Hill who are determined to lower taxes to keep businesses here,” Simonian said. “Costs continue to skyrocket for Massachusetts working families and they deserve better than the same old policies of my opponent.”
But Moore, his opponent, said he has advocated for new economic development programs, in addition to direct involvment in identifying and addressing small business concerns.
“It is unfortunate that my opponent has selectively chosen to highlight a small portion of negative economic data,” Moore said. “He has tried to distort my efforts instead of looking at all of the positive economic data and the many important measures that I have both initiated and voted for to support and expand businesses throughout the Commonwealth.
“Over the last three and a half years, I’ve been proud to play a leadership role in passing some of the state’s most comprehensive programs in efforts to expand job growth and put people back to work,” Moore continued.
In the CNBC report, Massachusetts ranked 49th in cost of doing business, down from 41st, which was one reason for the drop, according to CNBC.
Other factors included a lagging economy, which went from 15th to 21st, and infrastructure, which reflected the state’s biggest decline from 29th to 45th.
“From CEOs to small businesses, the Massachusetts business climate appears to be rather bleak, due largely in part to policies that are not working,” Simonian said.
But despite this negative report, Moore said Simonian is missing the positive areas in Massachusetts.
“What my opponent has conspicuously left out is that Massachusetts has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation at 6 percent, well below the national average of 8.2 percent,” Moore said. “The same report my opponent cited states that we are seventh in the nation in technology and innovation, we are rated first in the nation in access to capital, and third in the nation in education.”