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Citizens Economic Research Foundation

Monday, April 13, 2009

CLT supports Tax Day Tea Parties

For Immediate Release

Since the nation fell down the rabbit hole a few months ago, we have seen people around the country, many of whom have not been politically active before, trying to find a way to influence events.  Massachusetts of course is in the midst of one of its regularly scheduled fiscal crises (overspend high taxes in good economic times, leading to trouble in next recession; cut services, raise taxes, start over).

The latest data from the Tax Foundation shows Massachusetts per capita state and local tax burden is 5th in the nation.  Tax Freedom Day – the day we start working for ourselves and not the federal, state and local governments – is April 16th.  This does not count what we each owe as part of the national debt, state debt, and unfunded liabilities.

The Tax Foundation reports that the national average Tax Freedom Day is today, April 13th. Massachusetts is three days later, 7th latest state in the nation.

This being April, many taxpayers’ fancy turns to thoughts of tea parties.  Several events have been planned by various groups in Massachusetts and CLT’s associate director Chip Faulkner will attend and speak at three of these events.  "What I'm planning at this point is to attend and speak at the Boston Tea Party, then take the train back home.  I'll head west to attend the Worcester Tea Party in late afternoon and from there head up to Lowell to speak at the Sandi Martinez Tea Party in Lowell around 6:30/7:00 PM."

As executive director of CLT’s political action committee, Chip Faulkner will focus on the need to regain control of our government through its new campaign, "No Re-election for Tax Hikers."  And because of his association with Americans for Tax Reform, he will talk about Grover Norquist’s "Leave Us Alone" coalition and the "No New Taxes" pledge.

Massachusetts Tax Day Tea Parties
State Coordinator:  Corie Whalen

When:  April 15, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
(main events 11:00 am -1:00 pm and 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
Where:  Statehouse

When:  April 15, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Where:  Lincoln Square (in front of the Auditorium)
Ken Mandile 508-987-62111

When:  April 15, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where:  JFK Plaza/Lowell City Hall
Sandi Martinez 978-256-7943

Cape Cod
When:  April 15, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Where:  Hyannis Airport Rotary
Other Info:  Pasta dinner and speeches following the protest

When:  April 15, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Where:  Park Square

When:  April 15, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Where:  Post Office, corner of Main and Liberty Streets

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