YES on 3 is the ONLY way to cut reckless government overspending and to create JOBS. YES on 3 is the ONLY way to give millions of taxpayers and thousands of small businesses tax relief. YES on 3 is the ONLY way to save Northern Massachusetts Retail Businesses - and draw shoppers from out of state.

Roll Back the Massachusetts Sales Tax from 6.25% to 3%

The Roll Back Taxes ballot initiative (“Question 3″) campaign was the boldest tax cut measure in America in 2010. Despite a $4.5 million campaign by the Teachers Union to defeat it, and despite Massachusetts being among the biggest of Big Government states, nearly one million voters (43% of the vote) said Yes to rolling back the state sales tax from 6.25% to 3%.

For more bold, small government ideas and proposals, visit the web site of the initiative’s sponsors: the Center For Small Government.

If Roll Back Taxes had passed, it would have:

  • created 33,000 NEW Private Sector JOBS!
  • given back an average of $688 – every year – to each taxpayer. Average of over $900 / family.
  • forced state politicians to cut government waste.
  • kept shoppers in Massachusetts– instead of driving them to New Hampshire’s 0% sales tax.
  • attracted shoppers from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont and New York – another boost for Massachusetts Retailers.

Four Massachusetts legislators were elected in 2010 (three newly elected, one incumbent) who pledged their support of rolling back the sales tax to 3%: Representatives Dan Webster (6th Plymouth), Ryan Fattman (18th Worcester), Steven Levy (4th Middlesex) and Geoff Diehl (7th Plymouth).

$3.8 Trillion Obama budget way too high? Republican budget: $3.7 Trillion

Second Open Letter to the 242 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives:
Last year, you campaigned against President Obama’s reckless, irresponsible, ‘socialist’ budget of $3.8 Trillion. You promised voters to roll back federal spending. We elected you to do just that.

What are you giving us? A federal budget of $3.7 Trillion.

No Federal Bailouts for State Governments or Local Governments

An Open Letter to the 242 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives
From Michael Cloud and Carla Howell
The Center For Small Government

Thanksgiving ‘Thank You’ – from Carla Howell & Michael Cloud

Dear Tax-Cut Supporter, Thanksgiving is a truly American holiday. It celebrates production and prosperity – and gratitude. This Thanksgiving, we are celebrating you. Your work for Ballot Question 3, to roll back the sales tax to 3% advanced the cause of small government. You publicized and promoted the blessings of reducing tax burdens. By talking [...]

Hooray! Treasurer-elect Grossman to put state checkbook online

Treasurer-elect Steve Grossman announced he will fulfill one of his key campaign promises: put state checkbook online:

A Big Thank You to YES on 3 Supporters

The final results are in, and we did not roll back the Massachusetts sales tax – this time. We’ll have much more to say about yesterday’s election results. But for now, we just want to say: Thank you to the approximately 965,000 voters of Massachusetts who voted YES on 3. This was our highest vote [...]

Turn your ballots over – Question 3 is on the back of the ballot

Question 3 is on the back of the ballot please be sure to turn your ballots over and Vote Yes on Question 3 to Roll Back the Sales Tax to 3%.

Economists Give ‘Thumbs Up’ to Question 3

“Ballot Question 3 would create 27,199 more private sector jobs…Increased competitiveness and the demand for labor would result in a $73.50 million increase in annual investment, while gross wages would increase by $1.03 billion.”

- Research findings by independent Economists at the Beacon Hill Institute

Will you do these 2 simple things?

Your vote tomorrow FOR Ballot Question 3 matters. Morally and politically. Your YES on 3 vote tomorrow FOR rolling back the sales tax to 3% could actually tip the scales – and give us a victory. The vote margin may be razor thin. Ask US Senator Harry Reid. In 1998, he won the US Senate [...]

Election Night Celebration

7:00 PM – ? British Beer Company Pub at Best Western in Framingham 120 Worcester Road Route 9 Eastbound Please join us Tuesday evening any time after 7:00 PM at the BBC (British Beer Company), which is the pub at the Best Western in Framingham. Directions Half way between I-495 and I-95 / Route 128 [...]

The Shameful Greed of the Teachers Unions

Despite claims of “painful cuts,” spending on K-12 schools in Massachusetts has gone up every year during this recession. More school spending, more hiring, pay increases and bigger benefits – in the middle of the worst economy since the Great Depression.

Are they really doing what’s best for your children? Or what’s best for the Teachers Unions?

YES on 3 is a Great Deal for Cities and Towns – and You!

The opponents of Question 3 are threatening that, if it passed, the legislature would be forced to cut subsidies to local cities and towns. This is merely a scare tactic to get you to vote No.

But what if they did cut local aid? How would your town – and your family – fare?

Endorsement: Vote ‘yes’ on Question 3

Gloucester Times Massachusetts voters will have a chance in Tuesday’s election to finally put the brakes on the unrelenting appetite of elected officials for tax increases. And despite many state and local officials’ hue and cry to the contrary, voters should seize this landmark opportunity. Question 3 would mandate a cut in the sales tax [...]

Question 3 on NECN

Question 3 featured in Bloomberg News

Bloomberg News 10/20/10: Massachusetts voters will weigh a proposal to cut the state sales tax to 3 percent from 6.25 percent as of Jan. 1. If passed, the plan would yield $900 in annual tax savings per family and $688 per worker, force the state government to cut spending and draw shoppers from neighboring states, [...]

Teachers Union Flunks 4th Grade Math – in their attacks on Ballot Question 3

Is $2.5 billion really 50% of $12.4 billion?

Is $12.6 billion really less than $11.6 billion?

“Yes,” says the Massachusetts Teachers Union Ads, Fact Sheets, and Spokespersons. (1)

Kamal Jain makes case for Yes on 3 – Fox News Debate

Carla Howell on Howie Carr Show Tuesday 10/19/10

USA Today features YES on 3 on Front Page

USA Today headline story of today (10/18/10) features Massachusetts ballot Question 3 to roll back the sales tax to 3% : “Carla Howell, chairwoman of the Alliance to Roll Back Taxes, hopes the Massachusetts vote will start a national movement to cut sales taxes, just as California’s Proposition 13, which cut property taxes and [...]

National Taxpayers Union Endorses YES on 3

The National Taxpayers Union released their 2010 Ballot Guide, a comprehensive catalog of about 100 statewide and almost 460 local ballot measures in 33 states, affecting tax and spending policies that will be decided on November 2, 2010.  NTU gave Ballot Question 3 their highest pro-taxpayer ranking, and highlighted us on the Front Page of [...]

Lifelong liberal has had enough of government waste

Lifelong liberal has had enough of government waste!

Boston Herald Endorses YES on 3

“The predictions of doom and disaster are well underway…predicting the end of civilization as we know it…Count us in the Yes on Question 3 camp…The state spends too much!…enough already!…Taxpayers and voters are just fed up with lawmakers who listen more to special interests, more to public employee unions, more to advocates than to those [...]

Carla Howell and Steve Crawford debate Question 3 on Fox News

Watch the debate between Carla Howell and Steve Crawford

Carla Howell’s debate with Michael Widmer on NECN hosted by Jim Braude

Carla Howell’s debate with Michael Widmer on NECN hosted by Jim Braude.  Watch the debate here

Boston Globe Column: End the waste by cutting sales tax

Check out this great Boston Globe column by Christine Morabito.

Carla Howell debates Question 3 with Broadside host Jim Braude on New England Cable News

Watch the 7-minute debate between Carla Howell – for YES on 3 to Roll Back the Sales Tax to 3% – and NECN host of Broadside, Jim Braude, who opposes.

NECN covers Question #3 in light of Sales Tax Holiday

Via NECN: (NECN: Tom Langford – ) – Saturday is the start of a sales tax holiday in Massachusetts. Shoppers are expected to make millions of dollars in tax-free purchases this weekend The Massachusetts Retailers Association says stores are expected to see about five times the business of a normal August weekend, meaning hundreds of [...]

Boston Globe Poll Results Vary From 2 Other Statewide Polls Conducted at Same Time

UNH/Boston Globe Poll: Conducted Sept 17-22 Suffolk University Polling:  Conducted Sept 16-19 Western New England College: Conducted September 19-23 3 Statewide Massachusetts Polls were conducted at roughly the same time. Suffolk University Polling and Western New England College Polling both find Deval Patrick 7 points ahead of Charles Baker. Roughly the same lead polls have [...]

Massachusetts ‘Taxpayers’ Foundation’s Attack on Question 3

A group that regularly defends high taxes and high state government spending, once again, issued a “report” loaded with the usual doom-and-gloom threats if Question 3 passes and we roll back the sales tax to 3%. But who are they? The Massachusetts “Taxpayer” Foundation is an Orwellian name con. To be honest and accurate, they [...]

Kamal Jain is Co-Sponsor of YES on 3

Republican Primary candidate for Massachusetts State Auditor Kamal Jain strongly endorses ballot Question 3 to roll back the sales tax to 3%. In fact, he’s a co-signer of the original petition. Check it out! Kamal Jain’s vision of Total Transparency would make rolling back the sales tax to 3% easy. With his plan to put [...]

Tax Spenders Lobby Group Issues Its Latest Comedy

The business lobby group that calls itself the Massachusetts “Taxpayers” Foundation, which in reality represents some of the state’s biggest Tax Spenders, has issued their latest comedy illustrating why they share the legislature’s utter incompetence – if not outright betrayal of taxpayers – when it comes to identifying and eliminating government waste. Their latest screed [...]

Earl Sholley Endorses Yes on Question #3

Earl Sholley, candidate for the MA 4th Congressional seat, endorses ‘Yes on Question #3′.  Click play on the video and he’ll explain why!

Carla Howell talks with Channel 5′s Janet Wu on Question 3.

Voters Weigh In On Slashing Sales Tax On Ballot

Listen to Carla Howell on Howie Carr

Listen to Carla Howell on WTKK with Braude and Eagan

YES on 3 at 54% in polls!

54% now favor rolling back the Massachusetts sales tax from 6.25% to 3%, reveals Statehouse News Service Poll (9-8-10): 54% favor 44% oppose 2% undecided Support FOR our tax roll back has increased from 49% in May to 54% today. YES on 3 vote now leads by 10 points – double what it was in [...]

Carla Howell Explains To WTKK’s Michael Graham Why YES on 3 is Voters’ MOST POWERFUL TOOL…

…for rolling back taxes and cutting government spending this November 2nd.

Governor Patrick Pledges to Support People’s Choice to Roll Back Sales Tax to 3%

Perhaps Gov. Patrick’s campaign advisors have told him he better tell voters that, even if he doesn’t want to cut taxes, he won’t stand in their way. He just announced that he will uphold the will of the people if we vote YES on Question 3 to Roll Back the Sales Tax passes this November. [...]

Emerging Controversy: Private-Sector Unemployment VS. Government-Sector Unemployment

Despite yelps and howls over alleged “painful cuts” in the government sector, government workers have been relatively unscathed by the current recession. Private sector workers have had to bear almost the entire brunt of job losses: Why Don’t Politicians Really Care About Unemployment? by Michael Cloud U.S. Unemployment: Private Sector VS. Government Sector by Edward [...]

Where will taxpayers and their families be forced to cut spending if we keep the sales tax at its new high of 6.25%?

Some want to know, “Where will we cut government spending if Question 3 passes?” We present many ideas at this web site for where to cut. But politicians, special interests and the media seem to care only about government. They want this to be the only question you ask. What about the other side of [...]

Jump Start the Massachusetts Economy and Create Jobs!

Vote Yes on 3 to Roll Back the Sales Tax to 3% 94,200 Massachusetts workers lost their jobs in 2009. What did Governor Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts state legislature do? They raised the sales tax from 5% to 6.25%. They added new taxes on alcohol, meals, hotels, satellite TV, and telephone poles. They raised [...]

Thanks John Kerry for “endorsing” Ballot Question 3, the sales tax roll back to 3%

Well, not exactly an endorsement. But as much help as we can expect the senator to lend Question 3, the ballot initiative to roll back the sales tax to 3%: John Kerry boat flap boon to tax ballot question

We’re Question #3

The Elections Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has officially notified us that our Initiative to Roll Back the Sales Tax is Ballot Question 3 on the November 2, 2010 Ballot. Voting Yes on 3 will roll back the sales tax to 3%. Here’s the Argument In Favor we submitted for the [...]

111,000 Voters Sign Ballot Initiative to Roll Back Sales Tax to 3%

Final  Petition Signatures to be Filed Wednesday, July 7 at 1:15 pm with Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Elections Division To: All News Media For Immediate Release Alliance to Roll Back Taxes “33,000 new, Private Sector Jobs will be created by rolling back the Massachusetts Sales Tax from 6.25% to 3%,” said Carla Howell. [...]

Sales Tax Roll Back in the News

Our having submitted sufficient signatures to put Roll Back the Sales Tax to 3% on the November ballot is prompting news coverage: Carla Howell on Howie Carr (scroll ahead to 2:30 minutes into broadcast) Front page of today’s Boston Globe (add your comment!)

Nearing the end…Signatures are in. Need YOU!

Today the final signatures were submitted by 5:00 P.M. required to put Roll Back the Sales Tax to 3% on the November ballot. We’re in good shape – thanks to all who collected, delivered, and donated! We still need your help… This ballot initiative is the ONLY way to give Massaschusetts taxpayers substantial tax relief [...]

Petitioning Deadline Approaching Fast – Need Your Help NOW!

The second of two required signature drives to put Roll Back Taxes on the ballot is nearing the deadline – we need your help now! We already collected over 93,000 raw signatures last fall to get us this far. We need another 19,000 raw voter signatures now. Please sign up now to get one with [...]

Fox News Headline: Should Massachusetts Reduce Its Sales Tax?

Fox News (national, not local) ran a feature story on our Roll Back the Massachusetts Sales Tax ballot initiative on Friday, 4/30/2010. A few corrections for the record: (1) Carla Howell is registered INDEPENDENT. Our Sales Tax Roll Back ballot initiative is a non-partisan, grassroots campaign. (2) $28 B is only part of total state [...]

Get rid of what Boston Globe calls “bloat and dysfunction” in state and local spending

Who’d a thunk it? Even the Boston Globe concedes that politicians continue to give away “utterly unjustified concessions to their public employees.” In an editorial on 5/2/10,  the Boston Globe, fearing our sales tax roll back initiative might win this November, pleads MA legislators to make REAL government spending cuts — especially bloated government employee [...]

An Open Letter emailed April 28, 2010 to Representative Richard Ross via his campaign web site for State Senate

Rep. Ross is running for State Senate in the Special Election on May 11, 2010 for the Bristol, Norfolk, Middlesex District Dear Representative Ross, As you know, there is a ballot initiative to roll back the sales tax to 3% expected to be on the November 2nd ballot this year. Both the intent of this [...]

True Massachusetts Government Transparency: SHOW US THE MONEY

An Open Letter to the Massachusetts State Legislature

Honorable Legislators,

On behalf of the 3,200,000+ taxpayers of Massachusetts,

For the purposes of Massachusetts state government transparency and accountability,

We request that you show us the money: open the books for all Massachusetts State Government income and spending.

Sales tax campaign LEADS in polls!!!

“49 percent of registered voters support reducing the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 3 percent, while 44 percent oppose the question and 7 percent were undecided.”

Cat’s Out of the Bag: Former Mass. Secretary of Administration and Finance Baker Confirms That State Government Spending Really IS $51 Billion

Finally, a prominent Massachusetts politician goes on record exposing what we have long contended: the state budget is NOT a mere $28.2 billion as politicians routinely claim and as the mainstream media regularly reports. It’s actually $51 billion ($51.8 billion, to be exact). Charlie Baker, a 2010 Republican candidate for governor, was Secretary of Administration [...]

Big Government Politicians Oppose Our Sales Tax Cut Ballot Initiative

The average private sector worker in Massachusetts two years ago is lucky if he / she did not suffer: A lost job Reduced work hours A Furlough Pay cut Multiple pay cuts Going out of business Home foreclosure They’re lucky if their job isn’t a whole lot more at risk than it used to be. [...]

Success! We're Headed for the November 2010 Ballot!

Today we filed a bullet-proof, challenge-proof number of validated signatures to roll back the sales tax in Massachusetts from 6.25% to 3%.

Teachers Union Gives Up On Trying to Challenge Our Signatures

The Teachers Union ran a “blocking campaign” to try to convince voters not to sign our Roll Back the Sales Tax petitions — which failed miserably. Apparently, they’ve elected to pass on dumping more money into a fruitless effort to keep us off the ballot by challenging our petition signatures.

Christy Mihos…Major Republican Governor Candidate Endorses, Campaigns For, and Donates to Our Initiative to Roll Back the Sales Tax

Christy Mihos told 50 city and business leaders at the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce that he is working with Carla Howell, of the Alliance to Roll Back Taxes, on a 2010 ballot question that would lower the state sales tax from 6.25 percent to 3 percent.

A Big Win for the Citizens of Massachusetts!

Why can one simple sales tax reduction can jump-start the Massachusetts economy, revive retail businesses, create tens of thousands of NEW private sector jobs, and put cash money in the pockets of Massachusetts shoppers?