Frequently Asked Questions
- It will reduce the sales tax to 3%, effective January 1, 2011
- It will create 33,000 new productive, private sector jobs
- It will get us half way to a level playing field with New Hampshire’s 0% sales tax and help save our Massachusetts retailers – and jobs.
- It will attract shoppers from Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. Another boost for Mass. retailers and jobs.
- It will reduce state government spending less than 5%, (about $ 2.5 billion out of $51.8 billion). It leaves local government spending and all essential services intact.
- It will rollback the state budget to the 2009 level. That’s all!
- It will force politicians to cut government waste, bureaucracy, and sweetheart deals.
- An estimated $688 to each of 3,400, 000 taxpayers and workers. Over $900 per family. Every year.
- Each time you shop you’ll save 3.25% on taxable items such as appliances, household items, pharmaceuticals, computers, electronics, furniture, cell phones, back-to-school supplies, gifts, collectibles, sporting gear, dining out and prepared meals.
- Buy a $10,000 car and save $325 in reduced sales tax
- Buy a $20,000 car and save $650 in reduced sales tax
- It will ratify and keep Beacon Hill’s sales tax increase to 6.25%
- It will continue to fund state government’s overspending and waste
- It will take away the only tool we have for rolling back taxes and cutting government waste in the near future. There are not enough pro-taxpayer legislators – even if every challenger were to win this November – to pass a tax cut. A vote was taken to reduce the sales tax twice this year, and it lost by sizable majorities.
- Vote on Tuesday, November 2nd. Polls are open 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
- Find your polling place by entering the My Election Information form.
- Find other voters you know who want a tax cut. Ask them to mark their calendar and to Vote YES on 3!
- Everyday workers, job-seekers, taxpayers and shoppers who believe our current taxes are too high and government spending is too high
- Retailers, restaurant owners, car dealers and other small business owners and their employees
- People who understand that we must rein in government waste and force the legislature to reduce reckless overspending in order for our state to get out of this recession and prosper
- Workers who are tired of funding government largess, including high government worker salaries and lucrative pensions, health care and other benefits that do not exist in the private sector.
- A surprising number of teachers, fire fighters, police officers and other government workers who are fed up with their unions and who want change.
- Dozens of candidates running for office in Massachusetts who endorse YES on 3.
- Economics 101: Tax cuts stimulate the economy and create new jobs.
- Economics 101: Tax hikes worsen the economy and eliminate jobs.
- A Beacon Hill Institute study in 2009 and their subsequent analysis in 2010 showed that Question 3 will lower the overall level of unemployment, stimulate economic activity and create 27,199 new private sector jobs.
- Remember in 2008 when they said “Vote no” on ending the income tax – or else we’ll have to cut aid to cities and towns? A majority of voters responded by voting no. What did the legislature do earlier this year? They cut local aid.
- Lesson learned: They will cut local aid whether you vote no or vote YES.
- Encourage friends, family, neighbors, fellow club and church members and coworkers to vote “Yes” on Tuesday, November 2nd
- Send an email to Massachusetts voters you know now.
- See our Take Action page for ideas – like hand out fliers and put up yard signs
- Donate to Rollback Taxes to help fund our efforts, any size donation is appreciated!
- Remember in 2008 when they said “Vote no” on ending the income tax – or else we’ll have to raise other taxes? A majority of voters responded by voting no. What did the legislature do the next year? They raised FIVE new taxes: the Sales Tax, Meals Options Tax, Alcohol Sales Tax, Satellite TV Tax and a Telephone Wire Tax (raising your utility bill).
- Lesson learned: They will try to raise your taxes whether you vote no or vote YES.
- Sales tax will be reduced to 3% on all taxable purchases, starting January 1, 2011 (right after Christmas!)
- Yes, Massachusetts ballot initiatives are implemented automatically without needing legislative approval. That’s why they are the most powerful tool available to voters to directly change government policy.
- Since 1919 there have been 57 questions put directly to the voters of Massachusetts; 26 have passed and stand as law today. (Source: www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elebalm/balmpdf/balmtype.pdf; updated manually for 2006 and 2008)
- The overwhelming majority of ballot initiatives that were approved by voters stand as law today — including the last 2 tax cut initiatives to pass. Together they have saved Massachusetts taxpayers $12.7 billion over hte last 10 years!
The following Massachusetts initiatives were placed on the ballot, passed by voters in the year indicated below and stand as law today:
- 2000 – state income tax is now 5.3%, reduced from 5.95%. This has saved Massachusetts taxpayers $7 billion so far.
- 1998 – state income tax rate for interest and dividends is now 5.3%, reduced from 12%. This has saved Massachusetts taxpayers $5.7 billion so far.
- 1994 – rent control was repealed
- 1994 – prohibition on stores opening on Sunday morning and holidays was repealed
- 2002 – schools are required to teach only in English
- 2008 – dog racing is banned
- 2008 – marijuana is decriminalized
- 1984 – the Bottle Bill requires shoppers to pay a deposit on bottles and cans.
- 1980 – Prop 2-1/2 forces local governments to restrict property tax increases to 2-1/2% unless an override is passed by voters
- Tax cuts in Massachusetts happen by ballot initiative, not by the legislature. This has been true for decades.
- The Legislature has shown their willingness to increase the sales tax, not decrease it. They voted to increase the sales tax by 25% effective August 1,2009 (from 5% to 6.25%). Twice in the spring of 2010 the legislature took a vote to roll it back to 5%. It was soundly defeated both times.
- The legislature is overrun with incumbents who want to keep Massachusetts state spending high.
- Voting YES on 3 lets YOU decide – instead of the legislature.
- If every legislative challenger on the ballot this November were to be elected, and if every one of them was a tax-cutter, there would not be enough votes to reduce the sales tax.
- Unless Question 3 passes to reduce the sales tax to 3%, there will be no broad-based tax cut for everyday voters.
- Politicians hand out high salaries and generous benefits to government unions and government contractors.
- As a result, government salaries are higher than in the private sector. Government fringe benefits are dramatically higher than in the private sector.
- Government employees are allowed to retire 13 years earlier than the average private sector worker. At much higher pay.
- In many cases, we’re paying the cost of two government employees when only one is actually doing a job.
- Voting YES on 3 puts your tax dollars back into the productive, private sector where we pay only one person to do one job.
- Rolling back the sales tax to 3% cuts total state spending by less than 5%. No reduction in local spending.
- Total Massachusetts state spending is $52 billion.
- Beacon Hill politicians spend $1 billion every week.
- How much would rolling back the sales tax to 3% reduce state spending?
- $2.34 billion. Out of $52 billion.
- Less than 5% of total state spending.
- How much of that $52 billion is government waste, pork, patronage, and sweetheart deals? 20%? 30%? 40%?
- Keep in mind that $52 billion is just what the state government spends. Cities and towns spend an additional $22 billion, every year, paid for by your local taxes (on top of the $5 billion cities and towns get in “local aid” from the state.)
- Rolling back the sales tax reduces state spending by 5%. It requires no reduction in city or town spending and no reduction in local aid.
- Does cutting state spending just 5% go far enough?
How much have Massachusetts families been forced to cut during these hard times?
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