BOSTON -- Democrat state representative Danielle Gregoire, who voted to raise her own pay earlier this session, is offering a surprisingly candid reason for her opposition to cutting taxes: Gregoire urged liberal activists to work against a proposed sales tax cut so the pay-raising Beacon Hill Democrats have more money to spend: "I need you to fight for me, because we need that money."
"After giving themselves massive taxpayer-funded raises earlier this year, Democrats are now being surprisingly candid about why they want to stop an effort to cut taxes, admitting that they 'need that money,'" said MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes. "Democrats will produce a lot of hot air this fall about the need for new taxes, but these comments reveal that they're only interested in using the taxpayers as their personal ATM."
REPS URGE HOME CARE WORKERS TO HELP DEFEAT SALES TAX CUT
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
By Katie Lannan
Telling home care workers that she'd go "to the wall" to fight for more money for them in next year's budget, Rep. Danielle Gregoire asked them to join her in another policy battle: the effort to defeat a ballot question seeking to lower the state's sales tax.
"There's a question on the ballot that would decrease the sales tax from 6.25 percent down to 5 percent, and that hurts us all," Gregoire, the House chair of the Elder Affairs Committee, said at a lobby day hosted by the Home Care Aide Council, Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts and Mass Home Care.
"So I'm here to tell you that I'm fighting for you, but I need you to fight for me, because we need that money," Gregoire said. "I voted for a sales tax increase in 2008 because we need that money, and if we go back, we're going to be in worse shape than we are now."