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FALSEHOODS ARE NOT SOLUTIONS
-Fair income tax plan is constitutional
-Tax fairness linked to tax transparency
-Laugenour would refuse unconscionable loophole

"Massachusetts taxpayers, who are already taxed unfairly, are footing the bill for Smitty Pignatelli's federal income tax.”


Contact:
Friends for Scott Laugenour
Kalin Jordan, Campaign Manager
hq@scottlaugenour.org
413 551 9222 / www.scottlaugenour.org

November 2, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lee Scott Laugenour affirmed a commitment to service and solutions, following the three debates that he participated in against Smitty Pignatelli, the ten-year Democratic Party incumbent.

Laugenour is the Green-Rainbow Party candidate for State Representative in the 4th Berkshire District. It is a two-way race that will be decided on November 6.

FALSEHOODS BUT NO SOLUTIONS

“Smitty Pignatelli has not offered one solution to budget and tax fairness, the current absence of which is harming middle class enterprise, jobs creation, and progress towards real health care reform. He chose instead to spread misinformation and falsehoods. He is wrong when he says a constitutional amendment is needed to change the income tax as I have proposed to make it fair. If he is against my plan he should offer a better one.”

The state income tax system now combines a $4400 exemption followed by a flat 5.3% tax rate only on income above it. Laugenour's proposal would be for a $46,000 exemption followed by a flat 8.3% tax rate only on income above the exemption. This plan would grant immediate tax relief to income earners making less than $90,000 a year and would also raise $1.5 billion in additional revenue. “Let's start putting public money, collected fairly, directly and wisely into quality expanded public health insurance and public higher education that does not put anyone into debt or bankruptcy. Our middle class will be locally enterprising when it is healthy, educated, and solvent. This is the message that I have been repeating during the campaign.”

TRANSPARENCY OVER SECRECY

Laugenour makes his income tax filings public whenever he seeks taxpayer employment as he is this year. He has pledged to continue making his and his husband's joint tax records public when, upon election, he will draw a taxpayer-funded salary.

“It's no surprise that I, the candidate who is for tax transparency, am also for tax fairness, while Smitty practices tax secrecy and fails to offer solutions," Laugenour continued at the last of the three debates. "Smitty does not wish for voters to see that he pays no federal income tax thanks to a legal but unconscionable deduction, which I will refuse, and which Senator Ben Downing has said he refuses. The deduction is available only to state lawmakers. Amounting to $311 per day, it can far exceed the true travel expenses that have already been reimbursed to Smitty by state taxpayers. Massachusetts taxpayers, who are already taxed unfairly, are footing the bill for Smitty Pignatelli's federal income tax.”

“Smitty does not take tax and budget fairness issues seriously. A strong independent voice like mine is needed to advance popular progressive and proven solutions. There are powerful entrenched interests that benefit from keeping things just the way they are, operating in secrecy, so the fight is not easy. I am the candidate for voters who want their representative to start taking real steps towards solutions and open transparent government.”

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