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ummer vacation squads haven’t even begun and already the BPPA has beenfocusing on its fall work schedule and the November 4th election season.Certainly picking a new President is veryimportant and the greatest nation on theearth will make that decision on that date.But there will also be another crucial deci-sion made on that date by the voting publicof Massachusetts. A decision that could sig-nificantly alter the way we all live and work today.The BPPA leadership has and is deeplyconcerned with the current trends in theeconomy and believes that it could have asignificant impact on the voting public’smindset and thought process in November.So to our membership I ask, let the con-versation begin here. On the November bal-lot, every citizen in the Commonwealth will be asked to vote on a ballot proposal thatcomes from the Coalition for Small Gov-ernment, led by one-time Libertarian Partycandidate for Governor,
The ballot question would phase out thestate income tax by cutting it from 5.3 per-cent to 2.65 percent in 2009 and subse-quently eliminating the income tax alto-gether in the year 2010. The question begsto be asked; should you vote for or againstthe ballot initiative? Should you vote to keepthe Massachusetts Income Tax or end it?You probably want to make an informed decision.As the economy continues to go southmore and more people are worried aboutlosing their jobs, their homes. The price of gas just topped four bucks and foreclosuresare seemingly outpacing the war spending.The silence from Washington is deafen-ing and the voting public is sick and tired of the helpless feeling and they want somefeeling of power. They’re sick and tired of paying taxes, hell so are we. All you haveto do is look to the many recent overridevotes to understand my point. They are sick of broken promises and they’re looking for answers, some say they are looking for someone to blame.Back in 2002 we were in a similar situa-tion; the nation was in the grips of a reces-sion in the post 9/11 world. An identicalquestion was proposed in Massachusettsand it got 45 percent of the vote. Duringthat campaign and if I might add during anemotionally different time period, propo-nents of the measure promised as I am surethey will again that if you vote to repeal theincome tax, the average taxpayer (3,000,000of us) will save about $3,600.00 per year.They will promise that it will shrink gov-ernment and Massachusetts will be all the better for it. I say that these people have been hugging trees to long. This proposalis so bad that even
isreluctant to support it. If this tax roll back issuccessful it would require the Common-wealth of Massachusetts to operate on thesame level a budget signed into law in 1995(about 17 plus billion). Could you pay your bills or do your business if you were to lose40 percent of your income? Could you payyour bills and have the same quality of lifethat you have today on the same budget thatyou had in 1995. Of course you couldn’t.Let me give you another visual of what thistax roll back would do to the state revenues.First of all,
14 BILLION dollars
will im-mediately disappear from the state revenues.
a private policy consultant whostudies the state budget recently reported that if the Commonwealth of Massachusettsrecently reported that if
stateworker were laid off that would represent
Your quality of life andwork opportunities areat stake in thisconversation.
on the income taxroll back initiative.Don’t live in themoment, vote your future. The decision isyours and here inMassachusettsit is as important aspicking a President,enough said.
about 5 billion dollars. What do you think happens next, where do you think that theywill find the other 9 billion dollars? Localaid, Quinn bill, pensions, health care, paid details; I could go on and on about the thingsthat affect you. How about a page right outof the Kevin White playbook, police, fireand teacher layoffs. Don’t think it won’thappen, there are still plenty of peoplearound and still on the job that experienced his political lies and nonsense, just ask themhow serious an impact it had on them and their families. Think that it is worth $3,600 per year, I don’t. If this initiative is success-ful, we will all be looking at a serious newway of living and frankly not for the better.Do we want to pay fewer taxes, absolutely, but at the expense of every thing else, noway.So please, speak to your family, friendsand loved ones during the couple of months,and have a factual conversation about thisill-conceived initiative.Your quality of life and work opportuni-ties are at stake in this conversation.
on the income tax roll back initiative.Don’t live in the moment, vote your future.The decision is yours and here in Massa-chusetts it is as important as picking a Presi-dent, enough said.In closing and as always, please be safeout there.