Question 3 Sales And Use Tax Rates (P...

Question 3 Sales And Use Tax Rates (Part 1)

Posted in the Adams Forum

Since: Oct 08

Clockville, NY

#1 Oct 8, 2010
Why I believe it is a wise decision to vote "NO" on ballot Question #3 Sales and Use Tax Rates:

Voting "yes" to reduce the Massachusetts tax rate to 3% is not only unwise but would also be foolish at this crucial point within this current recovery of the economy of our Commonwealth. Our roads and bridges, our infrastructure, are dangerous if not deadly and are in dire need to our immediate attention. A "yes" vote will make repairing our infrastucture practically impossible for how will we pay the workers? We also have to have all of that snow cleared off of our highways and streets too. A "yes" vote will cause less money to funnel into that (for salt, for sand, and for deicer materials) and could very well domino into less people employed to plow away that snow as quickly and efficiently as usual within a possible wintry storm emergency. Some towns are already calling for other towns' fire departments to respond to burning buildings that are out of control because they just do not have enough resources to extinguish the fire alone (Lawrence, MA - A fire that broke out at a building at 65 Park St. on June 26, 2010 became a four alarm blaze. The City of Lawrence had recently been hit with budget cuts, which made assistance from other towns necessary. The city is currently staffed with only 3 engines and a ladder due to these cuts). A "yes" vote will literally bring the roof down on the fire departments (especially in the smaller towns) and you will witness more fire station closures than ever before due to budget cuts, and there will also be less police on the beat to protect you and/or your children and the rest of your family and your community in general (especially in the smaller towns) as well. Some of our cities and towns are undergoing library and school closures because of the country's past economic recession; the lucky ones that remained open resulted in eliminating staff, like teachers, and/or reducing the hours of which they are open. A "yes" vote would definitely call for less teachers and increasingly crowded classrooms where students are most likely to receive the attention and education that they deserve due to cutbacks. MassHealth, Commonwealth Care, has already had cutbacks to make of its own because of the number of people who depend upon them now (some unemployed who cannot find work and some *disabled* who are *unable* to work and the *elderly* that MassHealth also assists [in addition to their Medicare] will endure further unfortunate setbacks). A "yes" vote would further devastate their lives and some chances of recovery, howbeit financial and/or medical where lives might have been saved. Also let us not forget about all of the people who are currently receiving (or will receive) food stamp assistance, or, fuel assistance during the cold and wintry months; these people who live at or below the poverty line will go hungry and children will go hungry too due to cutbacks that will be foisted upon the food stamp division resulting in people, in familes receiving less food stamps a month. The disabled and the elderly of our communities will have to invent new ways to try to survive and to stay as warm as some of us do during the winter because they will no longer be able to afford heating like some others can, hopefully not dying in the process (as they had before). It is obvious what a "yes" vote would result to the least of us...

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