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My October 1, 2012
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.
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