The Outraged Liberal ponders the governor's plan to increase the income tax but cut the sales tax:
As a practical matter, the proposal was dead on arrival. But it will no doubt launch a loud and raucous debate about the quality of life and services in Massachusetts and our neighbors. That alone would be debate worth having -- and may have been an... Read more
The Globe reports Gov. Patrick will propose an increase in the income-tax rate to pay for improvements to our transportation and education systems, in his state-of-the-state address tonight.
What Would You Cut? - Budget simulation game from the Globe.
To clarify: the Globe wants to continue the state income tax because they have a huge sexytime crush on Mike Widmer, send pot smokers to Guantanamo Bay forever,... Read more
A Proper Bostonian comes up with Swiftian reasons to vote for the measure (as in Jonathan, not Jane).
It's a wild idea that I've been giving serious consideration to: abolishing income tax for Massachusetts residents. How would saving "the average taxpayer about $3,600 a year" a loss of about $12.5 billion a year, "roughly 45 percent of the state's budget of about $28 billion" actually affect Massachusetts? Would schools suddenly shut down, hospitals and police crumble?... Read more
The Herald takes a look at the people paying Carla Howell's salary as she tries to convince people to repeal the state income tax:
The push to scrap the state income tax - billed as a grassroots movement - is heavily bankrolled by an odd-ball collection of libertarians who don't even pay taxes in Massachusetts, including a crackpot who’s likened Homeland Security to the... Read more
Rick Holmes, opinion editor at the Metrowest Daily News, explains why he isn't buying Carla Howell's effort to repeal the Massachusetts income tax in November:
Carla Howell, the leader of the income-tax-repeal effort, came in to see me last week. I have an editorial here about the question I keep asking: Is the point of the referendum to "send a message" or enact... Read more
On the heels of the MBTA pay-raise story comes the news that people are paying more in property taxes on houses that are worth less. The Outraged Liberal, who predicts disaster if Question 1 passes, hopes:
... Hopefully those folks who plan to speak out against Question 1 are hard at work for a campaign that will launch right after Labor Day... Read more
First state pensioners, now detail-lovin' police, but there's an endgame in mind here and it's not necessarily Washington:
... Make no mistake, Patrick has an election in mind all right. It's the November referendum on Question 1, the income tax repeal. Polls suggest voters are unhappy enough that they could vote their wallet and not their best interests. Sacred cows need to fall.
If... Read more
The Outraged Liberal explains why we're no longer all that highly taxed and why the ballot question to end the state income tax will actually accelerate the number of people fleeing Massachusetts.
Chris Lovett gives it good odds of passage in part because this year has some parallels to 1980, when Prop. 2 1/2 was passed: An economic slowdown, a presidential election and, in Boston, a seeming mayor for life.