April 14, Revolution 2010

Tax Freedom Day

Today is Tax Freedom Day, the day the Washington-based Tax Foundation has determined that the taxpayers of Massachusetts have finished working for the government and can now work for themselves and their families for the rest of the year.

Among the 50 states, Massachusetts has the 6th latest date on which its taxpayers stop paying federal, state and local taxes.

Also according to the Tax Foundation, Massachusetts per capita tax burden is 5th highest in the nation, behind only Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Maryland.

Coincidentally, today is also the day the Tea Party Express comes to town. CLT members have been tea-partiers since CLT was founded in 1974. At the federal tax level, we especially share the Tea Party concern about the national debt, which is simply higher taxes (or bankruptcy) that are being passed on to our children and grandchildren.

The power to tax (and run up extraordinary debt) is the power to destroy. This, even more than wanting to keep more of our own money, is why CLT members and many other tea-partiers support tax limitation.

Every tax is a pay cut ...
... A tax cut is a pay raise

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