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Massachusetts Liberal

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Problems with new math

There must have been some changes in math since I went to school because I'm getting confused. How does subtraction equal addition?

Here we are with the state running a budget gap north of $2 billion for the upcoming fiscal year and all I see are proposals to cut taxes: foreign firms; homegrown firms; Hollywood firms protecting previous cuts.

OK, there's the $5 break on Registry counter service (so much for the thought of from my lips to Deval's ears). And the potential granddaddy of them all -- a roll back of the sales tax and elimination of the new sales tax on booze.

Um, what's going to go to close the gap?

The Globe just completed a nice two-parter about the staggering cost of health and pension benefits for municipal employees and retirees and the Boston Foundation is coming out with a report talking about the potential cost savings to cities and towns if they switched over to the state's health insurance system.

All that requires is action by the Legislature. You know the same folks who will be considering all those tax breaks for business.

And figuring out how to make even deeper cuts than they already have in services people have come to demand -- even if they don't want to pay for them.

Any thoughts Charlie?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

In some ways this whole recession has been cathartic. People who couldn't afford the houses they bought have lost them, guess they'll learn to save in the future. Governments, state and local are being forced to evaluate where limited tax dollars go. Instead of death by a thousand cuts (slow increases by government in all our taxes) the prisoner is off the hook.

March 05, 2010 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the sales taxes went up, I stopped buying things in Massachusetts. With the exception of a few necessities, I buy everything online now. The tax savings more than makes up for the cost of shipping. When the state cut back on my services (I'm handicapped), they told me to "prioritize". Now, maybe they should start doing the same. No more free helicopter service... No more special cars... A few years ago, a Boston paper mentioned a college librarian receives $70K a year. Salaries like that could easily be cut to make up for any loss in revenue. Sauce for the goose...

July 21, 2010 8:31 PM  

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