About the Alliance to Roll Back Taxes

We’re the Alliance to Roll Back Taxes, a non-partisan, grassroots campaign committee formed to put Question 3, the 2010 Massachusetts ballot initiative to Roll Back the Sales Tax to 3%, on the ballot and to give you a way to vote yourself a tax cut this November 2nd.

We represent everyday workers and taxpayers from all walks of life who believe taxes are too high and government spending is too high.

We’re funded by individuals who make modest donations and who will get no government hand-out in return.

In contrast, our opponents are groups which profiteer from high taxes, high government spending, and government protections: Teachers Unions, Government Employee Unions, Government Contractor Unions and politically-connected corporations.

More than 99% of the opposition’s donations come from government-funded Special Interests, i.e., paid for by your tax dollars – not from the general support of individual taxpayers and voters.

Our campaign was formed by co-sponsors Carla Howell, Chair, and Michael Cloud. This is our 3rd ballot initiative campaign that we’ve spearheaded to offer Massachusetts voters substantial, broad-based tax cuts. In 2002 and 2008, we ran ballot initiatives to End the Income Tax (both termed “Question 1”).

We run ballot initiatives because they are – bar none – the single most powerful tool available to voters. In fact, they are the only means currently available to cut taxes in Massachusetts (or just about anywhere). They give voters a chance to directly cut their own taxes and force overdue cuts in government spending.

Only a handful of groups have managed to put just one statewide tax cut initiative on the Massachusetts ballot in the last 20 years. We have succeeded in qualifying three ballot initiatives, all in the last 10 years, by collecting thousands of signatures statewide and meeting the requirements of six separate signature drives (two required to place each initiative on the ballot).

Both of our End the Income Tax ballot initiatives demonstrated that bold tax cuts enjoy broad support – even in Massachusetts. Both initiatives won nearly a million votes in the face of overwhelming opposition from special interests, the mainstream media, and incumbent politicians. The 2002 initiative to End the Income Tax nearly won with 45% of the vote. The 2008 End the Income Tax initiative won even more votes, won endorsements from the Wall Street Journal and Steve Forbes and forced the opposition to spend $7 million to defeat it.

Carla Howell and Michael Cloud ran for public office in Massachusetts. Carla Howell ran for Governor in 2002; for U.S. Senate in 2000; and for State Auditor in 1998, winning the endorsement of the Boston Herald. Michael Cloud ran for U.S. Senate in 2002.

Kamal Jain, another sponsor and supporter of ballot Question 3, is running this year for State Auditor in Massachusetts. He is spearheading the Total Transparency Plan aimed bringing total financial transparency of state spending to every Massachusetts taxpayer.

Carla Howell and Michael Cloud also head the Center For Small Government, a unique organization which advocates specific proposals to shrink the size, scope, authority, taxation and spending of today’s Big Government.

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