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Opinion

April 8, 2014

Unfair taxation looming here again

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The median household in Massachusetts, according to the U.S. Census, is $66,000. Therefore, the cream of middle-income earners in Massachusetts, the so-called “working class,” would be the primary recipients of a “graduated” (higher) level of income taxation. The blow to fledgling business start-ups and job creation will be devastating.

You may remember that last year legislators said no to Governor Patrick’s massive tax increase proposals. Since it is politically difficult to pass a sizable, “across-the-board” increase, a graduated structure will provide an opportunity for a more stealthy solution by allocating increases to new brackets across the entire spectrum of wages. This would largely be done behind closed doors in committees without any public input, amply supported by the constitutional amendment.

Constitutional amendment proposals provide a saving grace for Massachusetts voters. It requires a lot of votes and effort to pass them. Voters must become keenly aware of this perennial attempt by progressive Democrats, who seek to make our already overburdened taxation even more burdensome.

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Joe D’Amore lives in Groveland.

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