BOSTON -- An editorial in yesterday's edition of The Lowell Sun slams the Democratic candidates for governor, who "can't wait to tap into state taxpayers' wallets." With the graduated income tax plan ruled unconstitutional, Democrats are left adrift, grasping for more ways to tax the hard-working people and families of Massachusetts. Their reckless approach stands in stark contrast to the Baker-Polito team's record of respecting taxpayers:
"By keeping a lid on taxes, Baker has turned 'Taxachusetts' into the business-friendly Bay State. Evidence of that can be seen in robust tax collections. Massachusetts collected $1.1 billion more in tax revenue than projected in fiscal 2018, and has maintained that higher-than-anticipated pace in fiscal 2019."
Dems hunt new ways to reach in our pockets
By The Editorial Board
Jay Gonzalez and Robert Massie just don't get it. The two Democratic pretenders for the right to challenge Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in November can't wait to tap into state taxpayers' wallets.
We assume they believe the more schemes they can muster to shake down businesses and the hard-working residents of the commonwealth, the better their chances of winning the Democratic primary.
That's probably about as far as either should look. In this state, under the prudent fiscal management of Baker, a return to the tax-and-spend ways would be a giant step backward -- and decidedly against the wishes of most Massachusetts' residents.
Both Democratic hopefuls had the wind taken out of their spendthrift sails when the State Supreme Court struck down the millionaires' surtax ballot question.
That removed approximately $2 billion in potential revenue, which was targeted for education and transportation. But don't worry, both candidates told the State House News Service they have identified a host of other ways to relieve residents of their money.
Gonzalez, the former secretary of administration and finance under Gov. Deval Patrick, has proposed taxing people according to their income, raising the existing 5.1 percent income tax rate, and wiping out some unspecified business tax breaks -- or perhaps all of the above. We assume Gonzalez forgot that Massachusetts' voters unanimously approved a ballot question in 2000 to gradually lower the state's income tax burden to 5 percent.
Massie, on the other hand, would rather tack on higher fees for registering heavy vehicles and increase property transfer taxes. Sure, why not make the skyrocketing price of residential property in this state even more unaffordable?
And what would Massie do with this added revenue? According to his wish list, he'd like to provide free public higher education, expand the MassHealth insurance program that already consumes 40 percent of the state budget, and move aggressively toward a single-payer health-care system.
We have a few figures these two would be well-advised to heed.
By keeping a lid on taxes, Baker has turned "Taxachusetts" into the business-friendly Bay State. Evidence of that can be seen in robust tax collections. Massachusetts collected $1.1 billion more in tax revenue than projected in fiscal 2018, and has maintained that higher-than-anticipated pace in fiscal 2019.
The state's jobless rate in June stayed steady at 3.5 percent, compared to the 4 percent national unemployment figure.
But we agree with Jay Gonzalez on one point. He told the News Service: "There will be a very clear choice for voters in this election."
And these numbers indicate who that clear choice is.