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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.
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.
BUT NO SOLUTIONS
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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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