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  1. #1 'Taxachusetts' Voters May Eliminate State Income Tax 
    'Taxachusetts' Voters May Eliminate State Income Tax
    Tuesday, October 07, 2008

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    BOSTON — For years, Massachusetts was known derisively as "Taxachusetts." But voters could help shed that label in November by completely eliminating the state's income tax in a single stroke.

    If approved, the ballot initiative would wipe out 40 percent of state revenues and give back to each taxpayer an average of $3,600.

    The Massachusetts proposal is the most notable of several tax-cutting questions that will appear next month on ballots around the nation.

    Others include a North Dakota initiative to cut individual income tax rates in half and trim corporate rates by 15 percent; an Arizona measure to mandate that any initiatives requiring spending or tax increases be approved by majority of all registered voters, not just those casting ballots; and a Maine plan to repeal new taxes on beer, wine and soda.

    In Massachusetts, critics say there's no way to chop $11 billion out of a $28 billion budget without decimating services, which could include closing schools and fire stations. Aid to cities and towns would also decline, placing enormous pressure on property taxes.

    Gov. Deval Patrick has called the proposal "just a dumb idea" that would set the state on a road to fiscal ruin. He's the highest-profile member of a chorus of public officials, including the House speaker and Senate president, who have blasted the proposal.

    Supporters of the idea say Massachusetts doesn't have to look far to see that a state can operate quite nicely without an income tax.

    New Hampshire, Massachusetts' neighbor to the north, is one of nine states with no income tax.

    "We're looking at New Hampshire and asking ourselves why not?" said anti-tax activist Barbara Anderson. "They have winters too. They have roads. They have schools."
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    We've been evaluating the possibility of moving to NH within the next couple of years for just this reason. It would be nice if MA decided to do this as Boston is much closer to civilization than Portsmouth or Nashua! NH still has the advantage, however, that in addition to no state tax, there's no sales tax either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    Interesting.

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    It will never happen .Those crooks in the legislature will never allow that petition to see the light of day and even if it passes they will totally ignore it.

    The people floated a petition to repeal the Gay marrage law that was illegally voted in the Mass.House at midnight and they voted it down even after hundreds of thousand voters voted to repeal it .

    People in Massachusetts are stupid and with so many progressive liberals living and going to school there Conservative family people haven't a chance.There are several openly queer legislators who seem to have their way every time a pro family bill comes up for a vote.
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    You see how well all those tax Prop's have worked in CA with a 15 billion deficit. If this passes, the politicians will just increase other taxes like property taxes to make up the shortfall. The problem with these left wing loony Yankee politicians is that their spending is out of control, and they have never seen a tax that they did not like.
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