Help save yourself -- join CLT today!

CLT introduction  and membership  application

What CLT saves you from the auto excise tax alone
Join CLT online through PayPal immediately

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Open Memo to Governor Patrick
From Barbara Anderson

Open Memo to Governor Patrick
From Barbara Anderson
Citizens for Limited Taxation

In response to:

Appearing yesterday on WBUR, Governor Patrick tried to downplay his support for a progressive income tax and said, “And sooner or later we’re going to have to start having a mature conversation about that, and not treating the whole question of taxes as a dirty word.”

October 27, 2010

Dear Governor Patrick,

Let’s have that mature conversation right now, so the voters know what you think before Tuesday.

I actually thought we’d had a mature conversation about the graduated income tax in 1962, 1968, 1972, 1976, and 1994, when proposals to change the Massachusetts flat income tax rate to graduated rates were on the ballot. There were forums, op eds, debates: then the voters said No. Every time.

I suppose it would be immature of me to ask you, what part of “No” don’t you understand?

Where did you get the idea that “taxes” is a dirty word? Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society, or at least, that’s what Oliver Wendell Holmes said in 1904, before we had income taxes at all.

Here are the dirty words/phrases, Governor, from the Beacon Hill dictionary. Abuse of taxpayer trust. Arrogance. Broken promises (property tax relief promised, sales tax hike delivered). Corruption. Deficits. Inefficiency. Mismanagement. Patronage (as in your probation department). Unfunded liabilities. Waste.

When you became Governor, I wrote to congratulate you and offer to have a mature conversation about taxes then. Never heard back.

Would it be premature to assume your idea of a mature conversation is you telling us we need to pay a lot more than our current tax burden, which is 5th highest per capita in the nation? Is another tax increase your plan to deal with next year’s budget deficit?

Do you consider “enough already” an immature response to this?


Barbara Anderson
Executive Director
Citizens for Limited Taxation

This ad appeared on page 12 of today's Boston Herald,
paid for by CLT's 2½ PAC.

CLT's 2½ PAC
Legislative Candidates on the Ballot
On This Year's 25% Sales Tax Hike


Citizens for Limited Taxation    PO Box 1147    Marblehead, MA 01945    508-915-3665