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).

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28 Responses to “Roll Back the Massachusetts Sales Tax from 6.25% to 3%”

  1. Erik says:

    Unfortunately this state is nearing disarray because of its government and its willingness to over spend budgets. Massachusetts acts and spends without consequences like an uninformed teenager (or adult) with credit access and limited resources to fully pay its debt in a timely manner.

    As a side note, please do not also forget the $$$ Billions of Dollars this state receives from our Country’s Government which has to be 100% spent each year (so we can line up for even more next year). Not only are we wasting our own taxpayer dollars (twice) but we’re also helping to drive our nation further into debt because Massachusetts cannot manage the 2006 #9 wealthiest tax revenue per capita budget in the nation. We need to take a page or two out of our neighbor to the north on how-to-run-a-state textbook. New Hampshire is ranked 48th – they have SMALL government, excellent roadways, state resources and even if they amassed some debt, they could raise taxes and still be ranked in the 40′s.

    Massachusetts is our state and we should take it back from the current government and stop creating more wasteful state jobs, eliminate pensions (like the rest of the business world) and build a state that can begin to prosper without the Beacon Hill anchor weighing it down.

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