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 Official Massachusetts Information for Voters guide, which will be mailed to 4,400,000 voters:

Question 3 – Sales and Use Tax Rates
Argument In Favor

Last year, the State Legislature and Governor Deval Patrick raised the sales tax to 6.25%.

Thousands of people lost their jobs.

Your YES vote rolls back the sales tax to 3% and:

  • creates 32,929 productive, sustainable jobs
  • gives back an average of $688 – every year – to each taxpayer
  • saves Northern Massachusetts Retail Businesses and jobs by keeping shoppers here – instead of driving them to New Hampshire’s 0% sales tax
  • attracts shoppers from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont and New York.

It safely trims fat: 5% from $52 billion in total state government spending. It does NOT reduce spending for cities and towns, police, firefighters, schools, roads — NOR any essential service. Not a dime.

Vote YES to reduce:

  • Government Waste
  • Bureaucracy
  • Sweetheart Deals for rich corporations
  • Union-inflated plush pensions that give government employees full retirement pay as early as age 54.

Vote YES for fiscal responsibility and desperately-needed JOBS.

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