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Citizens Economic Research Foundation

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Taxpayers sandbagged by Senate Republicans!

You’re not going to believe this!

Our earlier update today gave you our memo to the entire Massachusetts Senate, urging adoption of the Republican amendment to rollback the income tax rate for 2005. The amendment had been filed for Governor Romney by five of the seven Republican senators: Minority leader Brian Lees, Bob Hedlund, Michael Knapik, Scott Brown, and JoAnn Sprague. Senators Tarr and Tisei did not sign on.

Today, ignoring Gov. Romney’s request, Sen. Brian Lees pulled the amendment. He did not want to upset Democrat Senate Ways & Means Chairman Therese Murray. As of right now, there will be no vote on the rollback during the Senate debate, no roll call to use during the fall election, no acknowledgment of the will of the voters.

Because, heaven forbid, it might upset Therese Murray, who has an opponent this year. A Republican opponent. Whom Republicans in the Senate should be supporting, not undermining.

If your state senator is a Republican, please contact him or her by noon tomorrow (Wednesday) and ask him or her to put the income tax rollback amendment back into the budget for debate.

If you are a Republican, please contact all the Republicans (below) by noon tomorrow (Wednesday) and tell them that your party’s strategy this year is to DEFEAT Democrats, not protect them. That their Governor is taking the lead in rolling back the income tax rate, and should be supported.

Remind them that they are Republicans, who are supposed to support the income tax rollback -- not protect the entrenched Bacon Hill Cabal!

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