Memo to the Legislature
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
FY 2014 Budget and
Remember, the Legislature has already passed a tax hike on gas, cigarettes, and computer
services “for transportation” that adds an additional $500 billion plus to the burden of already
Remember, Massachusetts taxpayers already pay the 4th highest state and local tax burdens, percapita, in the nation. The Washington-based nonpartisan Tax Foundation also reports that in2013, Massachusetts was the fourth-latest state to reach Tax Freedom Day, the date on whichwe BayStaters can finally begin working for ourselves after every cent we earned prior went tofederal, state and local taxation. For the nation overall, that date was April 18th; forMassachusetts it was April 25th.Therefore: CLT sees no reason to increase taxes
What is the connection between transportation funding and smokers and computer services?
It eludes us how the "transportation tax" specifically supports transportation, when it is spent inother areas.
Over the years we’ve seen the gas tax spent on other things, while the
infrastructure is still neglected; hence our lack of trust. Do you blame us?
Tying the gas tax hike forever to inflation (while ignoring potential deflation) automatically
without any future consideration or courage of a vote in the Legislature
is irresponsible andcynical. The tax on computer services is irresponsible because no one knows how much damageit will do to how much of the economy.
Is there a desire to elicit taxpayer gratitude for ignoring Governor Patrick’s legacy tax hike wish
-list of some $1.9 billion? Another half billion of our dollars transferred from our pockets to
government’s coffers is still a problem for us.
Year after year, decade after decade, the Legislature unconscionably keeps incrementallyincreasing the burden on taxpayers while the cost of state government spending continues itsapparently inexorable skyward spiral.
Even when the voters in 2000 mandated “roll it back to5%” the income tax remains “frozen” at 5.25%.
Why don’t most legislators respect the voters?
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