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.
Gee, thanks, Gov. But let’s set the record straight. Question 3 is NOT an “advisory referendum” – it’s a binding law. If a simple majority of voters say YES this November 2nd, it automatically becomes law. The sales tax drops to 3% on January 1st.
Governor Patrick, we are cutting your allowance (or that of whoever is Governor this January 1st). And the legislature’s allowance (or that of whichever candidates hold a seat after this November election). Consider it our thanks for you raising the sales tax, raising other taxes, and adding thousands to the state government’s ranks – while tens of thousands of private sector workers lost their jobs, took pay cuts, or remain at risk of losing their jobs.
Can the legislature and governor raise the tax after we make it the law? History suggests they wouldn’t dare. The vast majority of ballot initiatives that have passed in Massachusetts stand as law today – including the income tax reduction of 2000.
In fact, the ONLY broad-based tax cuts to become law in Massachusetts in the last 30 years happened by ballot initiative. Until the 2000 election, we were paying 5.95% income tax. As a result of its passage, we now pay 5.3%.
$7 billion. That’s how much the successful YES vote to cut taxes by ballot initiative in 2000 has saved Massachusetts taxpayers. $7 billion less in government coffers. $7 billion more in the pockets of the taxpayers who earned it.
But there was one more. The tax on interest and dividends was 12% – until voters knocked it down to 5.3%. Another $5.7 billion saved over the last ten years – because of the ballot initiative.
Voters now have the opportunity to give back $2.4 billion to taxpayers – every year – by voting YES on 3 to Roll Back the Sales Tax to 3%.
Best of all, YES on 3 vote is the ONLY way to directly and immediately stimulate the economy – and create 33,000 new, productive, private-sector JOBS.
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