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Green-Rainbow Friends For Scott Laugenour
Holley A. Linscott, Treasurer
PO Box 612
Lenox, MA 01240-0612

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BUDGET & TAX

My October 1, 2012 press release is a call for better budgets and fair taxes.

The public budget is a reflection of our values, priorities and philosophy. Where infrastructure is concerned I believe in direct funding and oppose a trickle-down philosophy. The fair tax system that I advocate is progressive. A value equation will be attached to the taxes that everyone pays.

House Speaker DeLeo's stewardship of the budget process is one factor in my pledge to vote against confirming him to another term as House Speaker.

Fair progressive taxation requires those who make more to pay a higher percentage of their wealth in taxes. The philosophy and practice was first introduced to the world by the United States, which is a heritage of ours for which I am proud. At present, however, our tax and fee system for public services is no longer fair or progressive. New taxes and fees, an over reliance on property taxes to fund infrastructure, and reductions in capital gains taxes are making the system unfair and regressive.

I will propose making the Massachusetts income tax more fair by increasing the personal exemption of base income by over 700% - from $4400 to $46000. After that exemption is agreed upon I will argue for increasing the tax rate on income above that from 5.3% to 8.3%. This will result in a lower tax bill for those making less than ~$90,000 per year and will result in ~$1.5 more revenue to the public treasury.

I will not vote for changes in fee or tax schedules that do not shift the burden in a fair direction.

Related blogs:

May 02, 2011:   We Are All Wisconsin
Nov 12, 2010:  
 Bi-Partisan Fiscal Responsibility
Nov 09, 2010:   
Services Regression
Jul 26, 2010:
  New Budget Priorities
May 25 , 2010:  Progressive Property Taxes
May 12, 2010:  Tax Fairness

 

 

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