Rep. Birmingham criticized the redistricting plans for Massachusetts representation in Congress as being wrong, commenting that the Republicans seemed fearful that they would be buried under a rising tide of Democracy, during a May 25 address to the Pioneers in Lawrence (Boston Globe, May 26, 1931, p. 16).
Birmingham said he opposed splitting up of any city into two districts, such as had been proposed for Lawrence.
In addition, Birmingham said that the Old Age Pension bill should be put into effect in 1931. He said he favored a $1 per capita tax on men and women, although he would be willing to exempt women who were not employed.
Birmingham estimated that it would cost $1.5 million from the state to carry out the provisions of the bill this year. The $1 per capita tax on men would raise $1.25 million, he added.
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