Except for the City of Boston -- where we still need petitioners to be working through the
weekend to insure our success -- it's all over but for the pick-up at every city and town
hall later this month, then the final count on November 30th.
From what we've seen and delivered and heard about that volunteers
dropped off themselves, the feeling is good that we've turned in enough signatures to not
only qualify, but -- as far as I'm concerned after the last nightmare experience, even
better yet -- to prevent another teachers union challenge well into next spring, and if
need be, to handily win it if they try.
If you dropped off petitions with city and town clerks yourself, send
us the receipt at the above address. Do NOT go back to pick them up (you'll only
confuse our system). Our drivers will "sweep" the city and town halls when ALL
our petitions have been certified and bring EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM in to us for
the final count.
Again, thanks to all of you who actually stepped away from your
computers, turned off the TVs, and participated in the first step of liberating the
taxpayers of Massachusetts from a broken promise and years of tax over-payments. Thanks
for actually doing something constructive. We couldn't have accomplished it
without your hands-on activism!
Most taxpayers will never appreciate what you selflessly did for
them, how much they're about to save every year thanks to you, your commitment, and your
sacrifice ... but here at CLT, we certainly do!
CLT NEWS RELEASE
November 17, 1999
As the Legislature puts in one of its first full days of work this
year, spending the over-collection of income tax revenue, taxpayers who work full-time all
year completed their petition drive to rollback the income tax rate to 5 percent.
The constitutional deadline for turning in signatures on initiative
petitions was 5 PM today. Governor Cellucci's team and CLT activists spent the day driving
to city and town halls across the commonwealth dropping off petitions to be certified by
city/town clerks. We have five extra days to collect signatures in Boston.
We need 57,100 certified signatures. Between us, we have over 100,000
"raw" signatures for the tax rollback. With an additional amount in Boston, we
hope to have enough certified signatures to discourage a Massachusetts Teachers
If we are successful on the 2000 ballot, we will prevent some of the
Legislature's over-collecting, over-spending and over-riding in the future.
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