Mass. Sen. Kerry docks yacht in RI, s...

Mass. Sen. Kerry docks yacht in RI, saving $500K

There are 113 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Jul 23, 2010, titled Mass. Sen. Kerry docks yacht in RI, saving $500K. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is docking his family's new $7 million yacht in neighboring Rhode Island, allowing him to avoid paying roughly $500,000 in taxes to the cash-strapped Bay State.

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Prove me wrong

Latham, NY

#1 Jul 23, 2010
Do as I say, not as I do. (John Forbes Kerry)
Brian in MA - not MN

United States

#2 Jul 23, 2010
"Where I come from, it's not patriotic to pay taxes." Sarah C Palin
Dave Harding

Hillsdale, NY

#3 Jul 23, 2010
At least he docked it in one of the 50 United States. He could have docked it in his second home in Basel, Switzerland.( Is Basel on the water?)
No sense

Cobleskill, NY

#4 Jul 23, 2010
The rich get richer and us poor smucks pay. where is the fairness in that?
True Patriots

Clockville, NY

#5 Jul 23, 2010
Brian in MA - not MN wrote:
"Where I come from, it's not patriotic to pay taxes." Sarah C Palin
Then Kerry is and Kennedy was the two biggest patriots this country has ever seen (in addition to being the two biggest hypocrites). They continually voted for higher taxes and continually found loopholes to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.

Do as I say, not as I do! Indeed. This IS the liberal mantra.
Cowboy Up

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Jul 23, 2010
You have no shame!

www.youtube.com/watch...
Bart

Williamstown, MA

#7 Jul 23, 2010
Even one of the state's Senators is dodging taxes in Massachusetts. That tells you two things - the integrity of the senator and that Taxachusetts is aptly named.

“Everything is local”

Since: Apr 08

Great Barrington, MA

#8 Jul 23, 2010
He claims it is docked there for repairs. The picture in the Boston Herald shows a fine looking yacht and ready to sail. Not only is he a cheapskate, but a liar.
Astounded

New York, NY

#9 Jul 23, 2010
Jealous! It's her money, not his!
hard dude

Easthampton, MA

#11 Jul 23, 2010
It would seem that his wife could pay the taxes, for a senator of his own state, as a christmas gift.

This little tactic will not serve him well. But, he's tired of the job anyway.

And to the above posters: ALL rich people avoid paying taxes -- that's why there're so rich.

(nice try though pointing out a couple dems.)
Your Own Medicine

Springfield, MA

#12 Jul 23, 2010
Bart wrote:
Even one of the state's Senators is dodging taxes in Massachusetts. That tells you two things - the integrity of the senator and that Taxachusetts is aptly named.
Income and property taxes are much lower in MA than in surrounding states. Taxachusetts indeed.

Perhaps if one owns a yacht, or other luxury item, the taxes are huge. But then again, they should be.
buba

Boca Raton, FL

#13 Jul 23, 2010
And you A-hole Democrats from Massachusetts wanted this phony for your president. You got what you deserve !!
real professor

Gansevoort, NY

#14 Jul 23, 2010
Bedroom money maker and Vietnam war hero with $400.00 haircut is the best representative of disgusting dermoRATic creatures. Could be the President too along liar and thief Edwards. Were is this country going? What can be more ugly than "liberal" dermoRAT? Hope he will sail into sunset forever!
True Patriots

Clockville, NY

#15 Jul 23, 2010
hard dude wrote:
And to the above posters: ALL rich people avoid paying taxes -- that's why there're so rich.
(nice try though pointing out a couple dems.)
Very true, however, Repubs are up front about NOT wanting to pay excessive taxes. Dems, on the other hand, consistently want to raise taxes and scold the Repubs for not wanting to pay them all while they take advantage of every loophole to avoid paying their fair share.

Pure hypocrisy! Do as I say, not as I do!
Thelma

Williamstown, MA

#16 Jul 23, 2010
real professor wrote:
... What can be more ugly than "liberal" dermoRAT? Hope he will sail into sunset forever!
A corporate bought and paid for republican.
rickf

East Otis, MA

#17 Jul 23, 2010
So? Each and every one of you who buy on-line to avoid taxes, who goes to another state to pay less(New Hampshire anybody?), who orders cigs from the indians or overseas to avoid taxes is just as guilty. We need a flat rate tax that EVERYONE has to pay on their income.
Zippy Pinhead

Northville, NY

#18 Jul 23, 2010
Across Connecticut right now, state lawmakers are shaking their heads. Today's Connecticut Mirror reports state budget analysts are completing calculations on Fiscal Years 2009-2010 and have concluded that revenue collections fell short to the tune of $108 million. In fact, the Mirror says that nine of the 12 major state taxes did not raise the expected revenues. Moreover, the income and sales taxes, which provide 80% of the money for the General Fund, are two of the categories that came up short.

What makes this so interesting is the fact that last September, Connecticut's State Legislature voted to impose a number of fees and raise the taxes that are now coming up short. The tax hikes include:

A new high-income earners tax bracket and a broader economic nexus standard
Higher tax rates on cigarettes and tobacco products
A surcharge on "large" businesses
An increase in "preference tax" on combined return filers for businesses
An increase in the conveyance tax on foreclosed properties
Source: Center for Budget and Policy Priorities

In enacting these tax hikes, Connecticut lawmakers assumed that the state would be able to raise $700 million to cover protected losses in revenue and $250 million extra. Yet Connecticut finds itself $108 million short of expectations. Clearly, this is not a matter of forgetting to carry the one. It's also a concern as the Constitution State faces a projected $3.7 billion deficit in the next fiscal year.

The problem with Connecticut is that the poor economy and the high tax burden have hampered economic activity in the state. If the money is simply not there, increases in tax rates will not yield more collections. Instead of raising taxes, the state needs to find ways to reduce the size of the tax burden to encourage economic activity. When there is activity there is revenue generated. In a positive sign, Connecticut lawmakers are talking about wholesale tax reform. I hope the talk continues and lawmakers hold off more tax hikes in Connecticut.

Economics 101: Higher taxes = less tax revenue

Read Dr. Thomas Sowell- Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy
hard dude

Easthampton, MA

#19 Jul 23, 2010
Dems, on the other hand, consistently want to raise taxes and scold the Repubs for not wanting to pay them all while they take advantage of every loophole to avoid paying their fair share."..........

I'm sure anyone that gets more than $200,00 a year has a bright accountant familiar with the tax code.

And your blanket statement that all dems want to do is raise taxes and complain the reps don't. Well, that blanket does not cover the cold truth that most governments, fed, state and local spend more than they get. It's sort of a world wide affair. Greece stands out as a prime example -- along with California.

One problem there is they get used to having so much money,(real or projected) they spend like drunken sailors. And taxes is like a third rail. We have two wars going,(never mind fixing bridges, health costs, and all the rest) that run a few Billion a year -- but no increase in taxes. We were told to go shopping for christ-sake.

A major problem with ALL of this -- govt and voter alike --- there should be a time when[people act like rational, thoughtful, honest ADULTS. We're doing little more than swimming in a sea of turds.
real professor

Gansevoort, NY

#20 Jul 23, 2010
rickf wrote:
So? Each and every one of you who buy on-line to avoid taxes, who goes to another state to pay less(New Hampshire anybody?), who orders cigs from the indians or overseas to avoid taxes is just as guilty. We need a flat rate tax that EVERYONE has to pay on their income.
OK, vote for this useless crook again - to represent such massholes like you he is a perfect guy. Massholes choose ugly crooked massholes! Logic is perfect. Blinds are leading the blinds!
hard dude

Easthampton, MA

#21 Jul 23, 2010
In a positive sign, Connecticut lawmakers are talking about wholesale tax reform. I hope the talk continues and lawmakers hold off more tax hikes in Connecticut.

Economics 101: Higher taxes = less tax revenue"......

Very interesting post there. I'm no economist -- balancing the check book is more than a core. Nobody, even me, likes to pay taxes. From what you wrote, I would guess that many loop holes were placed in those Tax reforms. There is a lot of money in connecticut -- both personal and corporate. How to pay the bills of running a government is beyond me, so I plead stupid on the subject and topic. I only have opinions, and for the most part, of no significant value.

But it's clear that the system has developed into a non-working affair. and EVERYONE invovled, probably from the start is responsible.(Ben Franklin was it said, Two things you can be sure of: death and taxes.)

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