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Massachusetts

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MA Sales Tax Relief Act, Question 3

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independent

Clifton Park, NY

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Oct 10, 2010
 

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its funny how the govt goes after gangster,you know the mafia for trying to make money.but here is the local/state and fed govt along with the irs acting worse than the mafia,they hit you with all kinds of taxes on your house,land and property,your vehicles,water and sewer tax,phone tax,food tax,retail tax,then taxes being taken from your pay check each week.what about how much the state gets from the lottery dollar tickets that people buy by the thousands every day and the state collects 90% of the revenue from this and mass megabucks and mass millions.its like where is all the revune the state is getting from all this going,then be whining and bitching about how much were 2-3 billion in debt.and now the state is bitching,whining and complaining again that if the sales tax is reduced from 6.25% to 3%,taxachusetts will lose 2.5 billion of our hard earned money that these scoundrels are taking from us low and middle class american people that the govt forces us to do or else they make you pay in penaltys and stiff fines that will be added to what they claim you owe in taxes that they use as a tactic to take our money to fund there asses.
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Gardner, MA

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Oct 10, 2010
 

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It's funny how John Kerry tried to avoid his tax responsibility by mooring his yacht in RI.
Patriot

East Weymouth, MA

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We already voted on this twice. Why bother again?
voting taxpayer

Stoughton, MA

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Oct 10, 2010
 

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The vote that will matter is the one you cast for candidates. Send a real message and vote out the incumbents.
Historic

Cambridge, MA

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Hahaha wrote:
It's funny how John Kerry tried to avoid his tax responsibility by mooring his yacht in RI.
There are more tax cheats & swindlers on the government payroll now than ever in history.

The people who write the laws are always the best at worming their way around them.
BurlGirl

Burlington, MA

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Oct 11, 2010
 

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3% is a little too low to handle all the social programs needed for inner city folk. Already we're seeing more violent crimes and bank robberies.We need to keep those economically Challenged citizens happy enough that they don't come out of their cages! LOL I'm fine with the original 5% if that is it. Don't like the nickel and dime additions for everything from local tax (.75%) to telephone/wireless/ cable fees like Universal Connectivity, PEG Grant?, 911 fee.
Agree that TIFF agreements with corp. like Oracle is questionable since my property taxes went up! Told those poor corp.s need 'incentives' to locate here. Guess great citizens from our neighborhood to work there isn't incentive enough.
Wondering

Revere, MA

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#56
Oct 12, 2010
 
what would happen if they did this:

7% income tax - it ends up being cheaper than all the other taxes being paid here and there

eliminate the sales and meals taxes to help the stores and restaurants (our biggest employers - maybe they'll be more jobs for the kids)

raise the gas tax 5 cents and eliminate all tolls (reassign the toll takers to other jobs) OR put tolls on 93 into Boston (why should only the bridge and tunnel users pay?)

benefits only to those who have worked and paid state taxes within the last 10 years (keep out of staters from moving here just for the bennies)

welfare only for those truly unable to work due to serious medical conditions (no anxiety please)

put out contracts to fix all state and city buildings to save water, heat and electricity instead of building windmills (those can be done later once everything is fixed up)

fix the damn roads and bridges before they fall down!!!
Uncle Tom

Cambridge, MA

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Oct 13, 2010
 

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Does it really matter? Does the State of MA ever take these votes into consideration? What happened when the citizens voted NOT to raise the Sales Tax to 6.25%? What happened back in the 90's with the Income tax vote? There have been others in recent history too. But, these are the 2 that really stick out in my mind. The State of MA will put this on the ballot and will totally ignore us when we vote it down and will pass some "emergency" legislation to do whatever they want anyway.

Does anyone actually believe that your vote on these things really matters?

What we need to do is to vote people in that will get this done. History proves that unless teh right people are in office, the things that we vote on get legislated behind our backs despite what we tell them we want.
Jim

Cambridge, MA

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Uncle Tom wrote:
Does it really matter? Does the State of MA ever take these votes into consideration? What happened when the citizens voted NOT to raise the Sales Tax to 6.25%? What happened back in the 90's with the Income tax vote? There have been others in recent history too. But, these are the 2 that really stick out in my mind. The State of MA will put this on the ballot and will totally ignore us when we vote it down and will pass some "emergency" legislation to do whatever they want anyway.
Does anyone actually believe that your vote on these things really matters?
What we need to do is to vote people in that will get this done. History proves that unless teh right people are in office, the things that we vote on get legislated behind our backs despite what we tell them we want.
Yep, the referendum questions are just so you can 'feel' like you have some say in things,
but in the end the legislators will do what they want.(or their party directs them to do)

The key is to dump all of these LIFETIME APPOINTED representatives, and find people who will do what their constituents want, instead of special interest.

And 'special interest' includes following the party line lock stock and barrel, even when it's NOT in the best interest of the people of Massachusetts (Healthcare bill anyone?).

Is electing Republican Reps going to fix things?

No, probably not,
so at worst we get a 1 term rep, and MAYBE the next guy (Democrat, or Republican) will have some respect for the people who elect them
(and I don't mean Unions, Special Interest Groups, Corporations, the Party Line, etc etc.)
Louie

Montgomery, AL

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Oct 13, 2010
 

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Sure, go ahead and vote no. Why not just turn your entire paycheck over the pigs on Bacon Hill?

Vote no and they'll take that as yet another mandate that you haven't had enough and will again raise your taxes.
Hmmmm

Longmeadow, MA

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Yes vote in your boy Baker then vote for the sales tax cut and just watch how he'll follow through on all those promises he made.

He probably will start by giving himself a large payraise.
Jim

Cambridge, MA

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Hmmmm wrote:
Yes vote in your boy Baker then vote for the sales tax cut and just watch how he'll follow through on all those promises he made.
He probably will start by giving himself a large payraise.
Did you happen to notice that our last Greedy Republican Governor was so money hungry that he never even collected a paycheck from the state for the job.

Cadillac Deval sure did collect one tho,
and then he hired an overpaid assistant for his wife on the state's dime,
(only his wife did not have a state job).

I guess you mean Baker will do stuff like that,
right?
Hello

Delmar, NY

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Jim wrote:
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Did you happen to notice that our last Greedy Republican Governor was so money hungry that he never even collected a paycheck from the state for the job.
Cadillac Deval sure did collect one tho,
and then he hired an overpaid assistant for his wife on the state's dime,
(only his wife did not have a state job).
I guess you mean Baker will do stuff like that,
right?
Thanks for the memories, Jim. How quickly we forget!
Site Ranger

Stoughton, MA

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Oh yes, well the Heally's took enough home with them to compensate for the Romneys x 10, but hey, lets not even include that tiff agreement in BEVERLY (kind of like hillbillies) FARM!

Are you serious? You are trying to lump every republican under the same rock because one was so wealthy taking other peoples jobs that he didn't need to collect on one he pursued solely as a stepping stone to get what he wanted......the Presidency!

Bought and paid for: just like your taxes. You pay it one way or another. Only a sucker can't see what's in their face. Why is it when it comes to this issue,
taxes, the popular and embraced saying, "you get what you paid for" never enters your thought process.
Jim

Cambridge, MA

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I didn't lump every republican together,
I mentioned our last 3 elected Republican Governors.
(+ Swifty).
Checks & Balances in Mass usually means everyone is a Democrat, with one token Republican in the corner office to keep the cards on the table.
That's about as close as Mass gets to a two party system.

I like the 2 party system (tho a real 3, or 4 party system might be better).

I was concerned when we had GWB in the White House, with a Republican House & Senate,
luckily they spent more time arguing than shoving the party line up our @$$.

Unfortunately now that the tables are flipped, some bad paper has passed through the Democratic House & Senate, and happily signed by a Democratic President.

I'm not sure what you mean by 'you get what you pay for'(I guess that means an overpaid Deval is better than a free Mitt),
but if you are a taxpayer, I don't think you are going to get what you pay for as this beauty of a healthcare bill comes fully into play.

Honestly, everyone knew Mitt was just here for a stepping stone (even though he denied it),
and leaving the vacuum that Cadillac Deval has filled is the worst thing Mitt did as our Governor.

the welshman

Hanson, MA

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Jim wrote:
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Yep, the referendum questions are just so you can 'feel' like you have some say in things,
but in the end the legislators will do what they want.(or their party directs them to do)
The key is to dump all of these LIFETIME APPOINTED representatives, and find people who will do what their constituents want, instead of special interest.
And 'special interest' includes following the party line lock stock and barrel, even when it's NOT in the best interest of the people of Massachusetts (Healthcare bill anyone?).
Is electing Republican Reps going to fix things?
No, probably not,
so at worst we get a 1 term rep, and MAYBE the next guy (Democrat, or Republican) will have some respect for the people who elect them
(and I don't mean Unions, Special Interest Groups, Corporations, the Party Line, etc etc.)
This is the only way, dump the all and start over, maybe we can get some people that realy represent us.
the welshman

Hanson, MA

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If you cut the sales tax back, nothing will change st the state level, the only thing that will be affected will be local aid, don't vote to cut the sales tax/
Patriot

East Weymouth, MA

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How quickly we forget. Last year there was a "Revenue shortfall." That means, the state didn't collect enough taxes. Their answer to the problem was to raise taxes and fees. Huh? What don't they understand? People are BROKE, or choosing to NOT PARTICIPATE to save money. You can't squeeze blood from a stone.

The answer to this problem is a bottom up approach. Refuse to participate.

1. Grow or make your own.

2. Don't use that item being taxed through a fee.

3. Avoid the toll road, leave sooner and take another road.

4. Buy the items in another state.

5. Barter.

There is a nation wide underground economy of people refusing to participate. We have no control over the storm, but we have the ability to adjust our sails. The government assumes our income belongs to them and allows us to keep only what we will tolerate being left with. If we don't show up with our marbles, the game is over.
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Delmar, NY

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Oct 14, 2010
 

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Anyone who does not vote YES on this question is sending a clear message back to Boston. And that is....we just love being taxed to death...keep up the good work!

Well, that's not the message I want to send!

Since: Oct 10

Greenfield, MA

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#69
Oct 14, 2010
 
I believe that we need to reduce the sales tax, we will be able to keep stores in massachusetts and boom the retail market. this will make shoppers leave their own state and come to massachusetts to save therefore providing enough revenue to stablize the windfall.

Not only that but mass residents will be able to benifit from the tax decrease and be able to spend more in their own state.

This should also drop a few cents off gas prices.

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