Will there ever come a time when the government feels that it has enough money to run the country, the state, or your town? I am beginning to wonder.
Holly Robichaud at the Boston Herald posted an article today about the tax bill passed by the Massachusetts House yesterday. While reading the details of this bill, please keep in mind that state revenue is presently $575 million above predictions. So what did the House do? They raised taxes!
The article reports:
How much are taxes going up? Bacon Hill says $500 million. Do you trust them? $500 million is just the first year. This is a tax package on steroids. It gets bigger every year with no end in sight.
Bacon Hill indexed the gas tax to inflation which means it will increase every year. This year it is an additional 3 cents. Next year it will increase again and the following year and the following year and the following year….. It is the gas tax increase to infinity and beyond.
Bacon Hill also tied the tax on underground storage tanks to inflation.
The cigarette tax is going up $1 per pack. This is a direct attack on poor people.
Unless the voters of Massachusetts change the way they vote, we can expect to see more of the same.
Marty Lamb, a Massachusetts small business owner, posted an article at the Holliston-Hopkinton Patch yesterday about the coming hikes in the Massachusetts gasoline tax. The article was entitled, “To Infinity and Beyond” and stated the following:
The new normal is over $3.50 per gallon. This high price is stretching family budgets. Whether it is filling up at the pump or buying food trucked to the market, we are getting hit hard in the wallets.
The situation is going to get worse if Beacon Hill lawmakers have their way.
Right now, a committee consisting of 3 House and 3 Senate members are meeting to negotiate the differences between the two tax bills. It is not a matter if the gas tax is increasing it is a matter of how much and how often.
What do I mean?
If the tax package is signed into law the gas tax will be forever linked to inflation. It is the gas tax increase “to infinity and beyond.” In other words, there will be an automatic gas tax increase every year. And the legislature never has to vote to raise it again. How convenient. But for the rest of us, it means taxation without representation.
There is no need for higher taxes. This week’s report from the Auditor shows close to $100 million in fraud just within the Department of Transitional assistance (welfare). The crime lab scandal is costing us $332 million. Overall it is estimated $1.8 billion of waste.
I urge readers to call the State House (617-722-2000) and express their opinion on the gas tax. There is no need for the tax increase and it should not be automatic. Taxation without representation should not be tolerated.
If the bill being discussed is passed, the State of Massachusetts can automatically raise gasoline taxes without a vote by the legislature. Therefore, no one has to go on the record and be held accountable for the tax increase. This is a liberal lawmaker’s dream and a taxpayer’s nightmare.