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NEW: Claros Pledges Not To Accept Per Diems

Monday, June 24, 2013


Today, Carol Claros, candidate for State Representative in the 16th Worcester District, pledged not to accept per diems and challenged her opponents to make the same commitment to the taxpayers.

“I’m a single mom who knows how tight family budgets are. I drive 75 miles round trip to my job as a nurse. No one pays me to drive to work. Our tax dollars should not be going to pay legislators to drive to the State House. It’s an expense they should have to deal with like all Worcester residents. Today I am pledging to the people of Worcester that I will not be taking this perk,” said Claros.

As our next State Representative, Claros plans on filing legislation to end this perk for legislators. She feels strongly that it is wrong for the legislature to be increasing the cost of driving to work when they don’t have to pay for gas or the gas tax. Claros is also opposed to raising the gas tax annually. She will oppose the linkage of the gas tax to inflation.

“How can the House pass a gas tax increase when they don’t have to pay to drive to the State House like the rest of us?” asked Claros.

“I am calling on the other candidates in this race to make the same promise to the people of Worcester,” stated Claros.

Claros has lived in Worcester for the past 17 years. She is a graduate of Worcester’s North High School and received her certification as an LPN from Montachusett Regional Vocational Tech in Fitchburg. Professionally, Claros is a nurse at MCI-Concord Correctional Facility. Previously, she worked at Worcester’s Adcare Hospital helping people recover from drug addiction. Most importantly, Claros is a devoted mother.


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