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Massachusetts Liberal

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Fish or cut bait, Part 2

Another voice heard from in the ongoing debate over how Massachusetts needs to deal with a fiscal situation that is forcing people to choose between police or libraries.
"Something has to be done and continuing to raise property taxes isn't going to solve the problem for very long," said Barbara Anderson, executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation. "The Legislature will respond responsibly when they absolutely must, and it's our job to make sure they must by not giving them more revenues, either local option or higher property taxes."
No disagreement there, Barbara. Property taxes are too high --despite the implied promises of your Proposition 2 1/2. Reducing the property tax is one of the campaign goal of that liberal Democrat who stole the Corner Office after 16 years of your GOP cronies.

But it's very inappropriate for the self-described No. 1 voice of the "little guy" -- who has had an opinion on ever issue under the Golden Dome is 25 years -- to leave it as "something has to be done."

Same question as that directed at Sal DiMasi: are you going to use your political capital and offer a suggestion or simply stay on the sidelines and criticize whatever decision is reached?

Since I assume any solution you would offer doesn't involve new taxes -- what else do we cut beside libraries? Police? Fire? Teachers?

What say you Barbara?

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