Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Roll Back the Sales Tax from 6.25% to 3% is on the November 2, 2010 Ballot

Carla Howell has done it again.. it's official and may even pass this year. While some of the candidates have endorsed a roll back to 5%.. .as I do, this one ballot question alone, will shake the foundations of our budget if passed by the voters. Lets see how Beacon Hill and the others comes out against this.

11 Comments:

At July 14, 2010 at 1:38 PM , Blogger abby said...

Roll it back. We pay way too much in this state already. Time for the state to live on a more reasonable budget.

 
At July 14, 2010 at 1:50 PM , Blogger Eric said...

Of course everyone wants to pay less, we are all broke. But if we roll back the sales tax, the state has less money to spend on local aid, and then our property taxes will go up to cover the shortfall from the state. We are going to pay this somewhere. I think a sales tax is much more equitable as it effects everyone, renters, visitors, everyone, not just home owners.

 
At July 14, 2010 at 1:57 PM , Blogger fed up in framingham said...

Howe is suggesting a roll back. I am curious. Does she have a better plan, or is she just figuring it makes her look good to suggest this even though she knows it will cause huge problems?

 
At July 14, 2010 at 2:17 PM , Blogger B. Murray said...

If we have to cut services so be it. We can not keep asking people to pay more out of their own pockets to cover the states budget expenses. No one is jumping in to help me cover my expenses, why should I help the state?

 
At July 14, 2010 at 2:34 PM , Blogger Linda and George said...

Rolling back the sales tax is a mistake. Are you people all idiots? We are cutting necessary services now, if we decrease the money the state takes in, are you too dumb to realize that means you have to decrease the money the state spends? Sounds to me like those who support this roll back are of the same mindset of the existing politicians.

 
At July 14, 2010 at 3:42 PM , Blogger Frank S. said...

For every cut in income, there has to be a corresponding cut in spending. Anyone who proposes any plan that impacts one side of the equation has to have a plan to make the other side balance. Of course people are suggesting a cut in the sales tax. Who would not like to spend less money? The people to pay attention to are the ones who can tell us how they would make that cut work for the state.

 
At July 14, 2010 at 4:06 PM , Blogger Derek said...

Pillsbury you say you support a roll back to 5%. So do I if it can work. What is your plan for covering the loss of that 1.25% of income to the state? Here is a perfect opportunity for you to explain your position. Lets here it.

 
At July 14, 2010 at 4:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sales tax cut makes no difference to me. I have no money to buy anything, so I don’t pay any sales tax at all. Is that unemployment extension going to get passed and if so when? That is what makes a difference to me.

 
At July 14, 2010 at 5:08 PM , Blogger Jerry G. said...

Curious about how much of an actual decrease in income this would be for the state. Can you tell us that Jim?

 
At July 16, 2010 at 10:02 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

I would start by seeking advice from the world renowned economic experts here in Mass on my ideas.

I'd ask them about making the retirement age for state workers to be 65. I would put up open road tolls on Rte 93 and Rte 3. I would tax and regulate cannabis and allow industrial hemp and medicinal cannabis. I would stop all un funded mandates, make municipal unions join the GIC heath care program. Stop all Quinn funding and mandate civilian flaggers. Repeal the Pacheo Act and open all agencies to private contractors bidding. Make the Legislature a volunteer legislature with a stipend. End all quasi public agencies. Furlough all non violent drug offenders from our jails. Export all current illegal immigrants in our jails, back to their countries of origin. Reduce medical fraud by 90%. End pension abuse, MCAS and useless paid state councils, like the Governors Council. Support a constitutional amendment to bar corporations from being considered people.

Encourage with incentives, hydro electric in all our water ways, 1000 industrial grade wind turbines off our coast, 100,000 acres of industrial hemp, solar farms on brown fields. Get the Indians to build one casino, allow slots at tracks and allow the sale of fireworks in the State.

I'm guessing more could be done to reduce spending and increase efficiencies by the State, but will submit my ideas as a way to address the 1.5 billion in decreased sales tax revenue.

Jerry.. I heard Deval say on TV this week, that the roll back in sales tax to 3%, would represent 3 billion dollars in decreased revenue. .

 
At July 16, 2010 at 10:10 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

I'm sure most of us accept that to take care of those in our society who are helpless or need help, revenue through taxes are the only way to do so.

But when tax payers continue to see the waste, fraud, inefficiencies, corruption, cheating, political nepotism, all out theft and large groups of organized labor take advantage of us and our money, with no way to make them accountable for spending our money wisely, tax hawks like Carla will seize the moment with ballot questions.

And keep in mind, IF it were to pass, as you know from the past, the legislature can and will ignore it.

 

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