Massachusetts: Yes on Question 1

by Sal on November 3, 2008

in Economy,Election 2008,Politics

Turning to my own home state for a moment, I urge all residents of Massachusetts to vote “Yes” on ballot question 1, which will eliminate the state income tax by 2012. 

The Teacher’s Union and other pro-liberal groups are out in force to try to scare people that essential government services will be cut if the state income tax is eliminated.  The truth is, out of a $47.3 billion budget, only about 5 billion is given to towns to help support schools and other services, and eliminating the state income tax will only take $12.6 billion from the state budget, leaving the state $34.7 billion to play with.  Among the items that can be cut, from

  • $7 billion in refinancing cost for the Big Dig
  • $2.55 billion MORE added this year to the lucrative pensions for retired state government employees – who get 2-3 times the retirement income you’ll get if you’re an average taxpayer. Government employees retire in their 40′s 50′s and early 60′s – while you have to work until your late 60s.
  • $1 billion in tax subsidies to multi-billion dollar bio-tech pharmaceutical corporations.
  • $138.7 million tax subsidy to millionaire movie stars and directors. 
  • Several billion dollars/year in excess government employee health care benefits. Bring their co-pays, deductibles and coverage in line with the average taxpayer.
  • $60,000 to $70,000 a year paid to toll collectors – plus benefits, plus pensions. This is for UNSKILLED jobs – counting and making change. A job that can be done by public schools 5th graders, high school dropouts, people trying to get off welfare, or even mentally challenged individuals who want to be contributing members of society.
  • Several hundred million dollars every year spent on unnecessary and overpriced public school construction. Example: $200 million high school in Newton, Massachusetts. A large fraction funded out of the state government budget.
  • $3 billion to $5 billion we could cut from the budget and give back to taxpayers by renegotiating the terms and money of government pensions for state government employees, city and town government employees, and public school teachers.

In the last 50 years, government has grown at every level: Federal, State, and Local.  It keeps growing at unprecedented rates, and keeps getting more and more entrenched into our lives.  It will only stop when the people of this country wake up and draw a line in the sand.  Question 1 in Massachusetts is one way to do so.  We must force the government to stop wasteful spending, and get back to the principles of small, limited government that spends money wisely, and provides only needed services.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Wilson Reyes November 3, 2008 at 1:16 pm

if we lived like this for the past 50 years we can make it forever, so get a grip and wake up.


whall November 3, 2008 at 1:21 pm

I don’t know if it matters to anyone reading this, but Texas has no state income tax, a balanced budget and even has a budget surplus from this last year.


Sal November 3, 2008 at 2:42 pm

It matters a lot, Whall. Texas is a good example, although not perfect, of how government should work. To Wilson, no we can’t make it forever. States are in debt, the country will go bankrupt in 10 years unless something is done about Social Security, and Medicare is not far behind.

The New Deal/Great Society has stumbled for 50 years without achieving its objectives, and in another 50 we’ll be bankrupt or behind China, India, and other newly-industrialized nations as they run pro-growth governments that do NOT tax and spend to death.


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