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Save Our State of Massachusetts

Still waiting for RE Tax Relief the Governor Promised?

update:  Suicide Pact: How to cripple your state in five easy steps. (+)

Well it’s not coming, but even if it did, the Governor would have found many other ways to get his pound of flesh out of the hard-working taxpayers of Massachusetts.

See what the Gov had in store for you, and then read on to see the people who are really working FOR YOU, and help them, HELP YOU.

Despite that Mass revenues exceeded projections by over 600 million dollars, Legislators settled on a 32 BILLION DOLLAR budget that relied on $500 million in tax increases.  If this doesn’t gall you, then consider what Governor Patrick proposed.  These increases would have increased the overall tax burden of residences and businesses of the Commonwealth by about $2 billion.

The Governor proposed: a 19% increase in the Massachusetts individual income tax rate from 5.25% to 6.25%, a 40% increase in the cigarette tax, expanding the sales tax to apply to candy and soda, and expanding the bottle redemption to bottled water and sports drinks (don’t kid yourself – this is a tax.)  Most towns and cities have curbside re-cycling where these bottles would ordinarily go except for being charged more at the cash register for them if Patrick had his way.  (Add to that the gas to get to redemption center).  And then, there is the INFAMOUS tax on gasoline to increase in perpetuity !!!!  that passed, (and MUST BE REPEALED, see  https://sosmass.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/the-most-important-thing-you-can-do-today/ ), and his proposing to do the SAME with turnpike tunnel and bridge tolls by 5% every two years, and registry fees by 10% every five years!

The Governor also wanted to ELIMINATE TAX DEDUCTIONS (45 deductions or exemptions proposed, each effectively a tax increase), like the exemption on capital gains on home salesSocial security and public pension deductionDependents under age 12Childcare expense deductionParents’ personal exemption for full-time studentsTuition deductionEmployer education programsMBTA PassesGroup life insuranceHealth Savings AccountsCommuter deduction. Corporate tax increases were not omitted, but are a bit more complicated so see  http://www.boston.com/business/personalfinance/managingyourmoney/archives/2013/02/proposed_massac.html  for further detail of this and all of the above. 

The Governor also proposed repealing the FAS 109 deduction, and to change the apportionment rule relating to services, so now you are supposed to THANK your legislators that ONLY raised your taxes by 500 million, when they had 600 million in revenues they had not anticipated.  But before you thank them, please turn your attention to the people who are really working for you, and help them, HELP YOU, and Save the State of Mass.

Dean Cavaretta
@DeanCav
25 August 2013
Dear Sen. Eldridge:
Thank you for your 8/21 email in response to my August 12th correspondence to your office calling on you to immediately support the full repeal of one of the most harmful pieces of jobs legislation you have ever supported during your tenure in the Legislature.
A growing number of voters believe, as I do, if no full repeal – no pathway to (uncontested) re-election.
Very similar to state Sen. Karen Spilka’s communities to our east, I would remind you that we come from the high tech center of the Commonwealth, and that the Middlesex Worcester District, in particular, contains some of the most highly skilled; highly trained work forces in the entire state. SHORT OF A METEOR SPEEDING TOWARDS EARTH, WHAT FURTHER EVIDENCE DO YOU NEED TO SEE THAT THIS NEW MA TECH TAX IS A DISASTER?
Are you listening to your constituents?
On this issue, does there comes a point when the Bold Progressive Legislator – becomes the Stubborn, Defiant Hyper-Partisan? Only you in your letter could go on record supporting FOUR new state taxes on the hard working men and women of our state senatorial district. This fragile Recovery cannot afford those kind of runaway, tax-hikes.
When FY 2014 state revenues exceed projections by over 600 million dollars – your solution to a more robust MetroWest, Merrimack and Nashoba Valley Regional Economy is NOT higher taxes on income, capital gains, fuel and computer services.
Thankfully, as you noted in your email to me, “There was not a majority of support for this {Eldridge} proposal from my colleagues.”  What your actions show is that you are more interested in scoring political points with your progressive liberal base than passing legislation that truly helps our Routes 495, 290 and 9 Innovation Economies.
Below, is Sen. Tarr’s comments on the Tech Tax you voted for. To suggest you were not duly warned about the harmful effects of this legislation on our part of the state – I refer you to my meteor speeding toward Earth comment above.
So Jamie, thank you in advance for your attention on this matter, and this week, I invite you again to publicly denounce this tax on our Entrepreneurs and Job Creators.
Dean Cavaretta

2012 (R) Candidate for State Senate
Middlesex Worcester District
617-285-6446 (cell)
PS: Below, is a recent press statement noting that you and the Majority Party were duly warned about the #TechTax, but went ahead and voted YES anyway – even though according to your recent letter to me, dated 8/21, you were “focused….on advocating for a [tax] proposal that did not expand the sales tax…”
Okay, if that is in fact true, then why the YES vote when one considers you reside in the Tech Capital of our Commonwealth?
———- Forwarded message ———-

SENATOR BRUCE E. TARR

1st ESSEX AND MIDDLESEX
ROOM 308
(617) 
722-1600

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

SENATE MINORITY LEADER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             CONTACT: Troy Wall or Michael Smith

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

                                                                                        Senator Tarr’s office

617-722-1600

troy.wall@masenate.gov

michael.smith@masenate.gov                                                                      

Senator Tarr’s statement on computer software services tax

 

BOSTON – Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) released the following statement today, following published reports that the new computer software services tax introduced as part of the transportation finance bill could be subject to further legislative review this fall:

 

            “It should come as no surprise to anyone that taxing the state’s innovation economy is a bad idea.  As far back as January, when the Governor proposed his version of the Fiscal Year 2014 state budget, Republican legislators have been warning that the new tax would seriously undermine the state’s competitiveness.

 

The new tax on computer software services was a bad idea when it was first proposed, and it’s a bad idea now.  We have opposed it consistently from day one, offering multiple amendments to eliminate or replace it, arguing at length during the transportation finance debate about its dire consequences, and we will be unyielding in our efforts to repeal it.  Putting a new tax on the innovation economy is no way to recover from a recession.”

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