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Massachusetts House of Representative
Debate on Income Tax Rollback
April 24, 2006

State House News Service
House Session - Monday, April 24, 2006

Question came on an amendment offered by Rep. Jones (1593) relative to reducing the income tax rate. Rep. Binienda offered a further amendment calling for a study by the Department of Revenue.

Rep. Binienda said, I hope that the further amendment is adopted. The amendment before us by the gentleman from North Reading has a revenue impact of $800 million. My good friend from New Bedford earlier told me that there are four schools closing in our district as we speak. I know everyone would like to roll back this income tax, but it would mean an extra $12 dollars a month for the average taxpayer. And I would rather keep our schools open. The Legislature has already moved to bring back the income tax, and we will continue to do that. We will continue in an orderly way to get that to 5 percent. If you'll recall, we had a capital gains situation where we had a problem getting money back to our constituents. And as you heard earlier, we have gone into the stabilization fund for an almost $300 million.

Rep. John J. Binienda's (D-Worcester) Amendment: Notwithstanding any special or general laws to the contrary, the provisions of this section shall not take effect until such time as the department of revenue has furnished a study of their impact on the state's economy and the revenue cost to the commonwealth and its cities and towns, including, but not limited to, a distributional analysis showing the impact on taxpayers of varying income levels, the current practice of other states, any anticipated change in employment, and ancillary economic activity, to the Joint Committee on Revenue.

Rep. Jones asked that when a vote is taken it be taken by a vote of yeas and nays. The chair called a roll call vote. Time was 3:04 pm.


The House adopted the amendment as amended.

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