, Newburyport, MA


January 26, 2013

Column: Patrick knows he’ll win with tax-hike shell game


The almost $2 billion Patrick Tax Plan also eliminates 45 deductions from the state income tax — too many to list here but be sure to check them out before you support him “because he’s only taxing the rich.” You won’t get a state deduction for your contribution to Social Security or a public pension; the capital gains tax when you sell your home; your child under 12, his childcare costs or later, her college tuition and scholarships; health savings accounts, and, did you hope to deduct your septic system repair or lead paint removal?

I’d suspect that the governor has lost his mind except I know this is all a game. Who knows which parts of his package will remain when the Legislature gets through with the package? All these various subjects will bring in plenty of money for leading Democrats as they hold fundraisers through the spring: it will “behoove” special interest groups to show up with a check.

Question to the present majority of Massachusetts voters: What part of “taken for fools” don’t you understand?


Barbara Anderson is executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation and a regular contributor to the opinion pages.

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