Vote No on Three in Massachusetts

by hedy on October 22, 2010 I try to keep this blog apolitical, which is hard sometimes.  However, today I’m going to talk about something I cannot stay silent about-the upcoming Question 3 on the November 2, 2010 Massachusetts ballot.

Question 3 is a proposition to reduce the state sales tax to 3%, from 6.25%.  I am not a fan of sales taxes in general due to their regressive nature.  However, the Massachusetts sales tax provides support for crucial services such as education, roads, and public services.  Halving this tax would have a negative effect which is outweighed by the benefit of lower taxes.

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Kristen October 23, 2010 at 7:39 am

Agreed!! And I am sure that those who vote yes on 3 will also be the first people to complain when our public schools have to lay off teachers and our fire departments close.

Dirac October 25, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I love scare tactics. The above mentioned items, schools and fire, should come out of property taxes and NOT sales taxes. I think it funny how politicians will punish the public for not giving them money to which they are not entitled. Rather than look at non-essential (see patronage) areas to eliminate/reduce, hey, let’s cut the most visible things to show the voters how stupid they are to cut our money.

I hope the yes passes, even though it is not binding.

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