August’s revenue numbers are a good example. According to the state Department of Revenue, preliminary revenue collections for August totaled $1.543 billion, $121 million or 8.5 percent more than the state took in last August. That’s $64 million above the monthly benchmark that the state was hoping to collect.
Massachusetts government is having a very profitable year. There was no need to pick the pockets of one of the brightest spots in our economy. Let’s hope that the next time lawmakers take a run at the goose laying the golden eggs, they don’t cook it.