CLT News Release
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Citizens for Limited Taxation
Supports the Governor’s Budget Recommendation


Contact: Barbara Anderson

Having read the Executive Summary, CLT is happy to support the Governor’s FY ‘16 budget.

We also looked through the Outside Sections, but without the past concern we’ve had with recent budgets that a tax increase would appear there. Our favorite budgetary concept is avoiding new taxes in order to focus on government efficiency.

This was why we worked with former Gov. Cellucci on a ballot question to roll back the “temporary” state income tax hike, and we are pleased that Gov. Baker honors that 2000 vote and taxpayer message by supporting the rate reduction to 5.15 percent. Of course the rate of 5 percent is long overdue, but if Gov. Baker’s vision for “economic competitiveness and jobs” works, we hope to see that traditional rate again as state revenues rise with a stronger economy.

We wish that liberals could understand this vision, and stop arguing for an increase in the state income tax and other taxes that would derail it. Focus on “good, effective government” that helps everyone.

We don’t necessarily agree with all the House One priorities, but it’s not our budget document: we recognize Gov. Baker’s expertise in budget matters, especially in the health care arena. We do support the removal of the film tax credit: that was just an excuse for some politicians to hang out with movie stars.

Let’s see how it all works out; we look forward to living in a commonwealth that works.




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