CLT News Release
Monday, May 6, 2019
Yes on S-1776 and
Roll Back the Sales Tax to 5%
To: Members of the
Joint Committee on Revenue
June 16, 2017
RE: Yes on S-1776 and H-2545
It took 207 years in the storied history of Massachusetts to reach
its first $10 Billion budget.
Then in 1989 the Dukakis "temporary" income tax hike package was needed
to fund a $12.3 Billion budget.
In 2009 the Legislature passed and Gov. Patrick signed a tax increase
package totaling $1 Billion more to fund a state budget of $27.4
Billion. That more than doubled state spending in just two decades. It
included the 25 percent hike in the sales tax, from 5% to 6.25%.
Now, a mere decade later, the House of Representatives has passed its
proposed state budget for the coming fiscal year that totals $42.8
That is over $15 Billion more spending than just ten years ago; a 55
percent spending increase.
Even when adjusted for inflation, that 2009 budget would be the
equivalent to $32.9 Billion in 2019 dollars. The currently proposed
House budget seeks to spend an adjusted increase of $10 Billion over
just one decade ago.
Taxes simply cannot continue to be piled upon past tax increases over
and over, new taxes devised and imposed in perpetuity, to spend ever
more. There is a limit, if Massachusetts is to avoid further crushing
productive taxpayers or chasing even more of them out of the
The sales tax was hiked from 5% to 6.25% in 2009. Spending has increased
by 55 percent since then. With that amount of revenue (taxpayers' money)
pouring in and being spent as quickly as it arrives, the state can
certainly "afford" to roll back the sales tax to 5 percent -- and the
Legislature certainly does not need to confiscate more of taxpayers'
hard-earned income -- what remains of it.
So of course Citizens for Limited Taxation supports (S-1776) sponsored
by Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr and (H-
2545) sponsored by Rep. Marc
Lombardo, to roll back the state sales tax to 5 percent.
Though rolling back the sales tax is a small recognition for the many
sacrifices made by taxpayers to fund all of state government, it would
demonstrate a degree of appreciation.
We hope that you too will appreciate this is well past due.
Citizens for Limited Taxation ▪ PO
Box 1147 ▪ Marblehead, MA 01945
▪ (781) 639-9709