Legislators cautious before November elections

Tough issues often dealt with shortly after new session begins

BOSTON (WWLP) –  State lawmakers in contested races were more mindful on their votes this year because they know constituents are watching closely. But things could be drastically different beginning in January when the newly-elected take office.

Those legislators have already kicked off their campaigns, doing what they can to win over as many constituents as possible. But after November 4, the elected will go two years without another race, which makes issues, like raising taxes, much easier to vote on.

For example, the Legislature approved a 25% sales tax hike within the first six months of the formal legislative session back in 2009. Last year, a tax increase on cigarettes and gasoline kicked in just seven months after the new legislature was sworn in.

Click here for a complete listing of contested races across western Massachusetts this year.

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