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CLT Update
Friday, January 21, 2000


"Despite our repeated efforts to cut your taxes, Massachusetts still has the highest personal income taxes of any industrial state. We are the fifth most heavily taxed state in the nation. Local, state, and federal taxes consume a larger share of a Massachusetts family's budget than almost anywhere else in the country. Time after time, the Legislature has refused to keep its promise to eliminate this tax when good times returned. That's why Jane Swift and I have taken our tax cut to the people with a referendum that will mean $600 a year more for the average family of four. If the Legislature won't join us and cut your taxes, we'll beat them at the ballot box in November and do it ourselves."

Excerpt from
Gov. Cellucci's State of the State Speech

"There won't be any money left to do anything, so if you go through the speech, you'll see there's virtually no new spending, no new programs," responded state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst).

Yes Stanley, "No new spending, no new programs"! Enough is enough. You and your cronies have doubled the state spending to $21 billion in only the past dozen years.

In a news release, the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers is now whining because state spending on human services increased only 4 percent per year since 1997 while "spending on all other programs rose almost twice as fast -- by 6.7 percent annually." Haven't they heard of Welfare Reform?

MCHSP is using the deceptively-named Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation's report to make their case that they too are deserving of more lavish funding, a deeper dip into our pockets. That would be only fair, you know.

We recognize their belief that More Is Never Enough ("MINE, MINE, MINE!") and never will be.

In November there will be something we can do about it, at long last.

We can take our money away from the pols and put it somewhere safe, where the Gimme Lobby can't get at it any more.

Because we recognize that the Bacon Hill cabal just can't resist the spending urge so long as our tax over-payment is available.

Barbara and CLT responded with a news release to state Senate President Tom Birmingham's silly "roadshow" forum idea.

Sen. Birmingham has designs on the corner office and just broke the record for legislative fund-raising, with $1.1 million in his campaign chest.

He'd like to travel around the state with Gov. Cellucci in what would immediately become the opening shot of the 2002 gubernatorial campaign, if he gets his way.

Please spare us!

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Chip Ford

PS.  This morning Barbara is a guest on WESX AM-1230 with Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer debating the tax rollback and the MTF report.

Associated Press
Friday, January 21, 2000

Cellucci wants math teachers tested,
e-commerce protected from taxes

By Martin Finucane

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) Gov. Paul Cellucci added some new twists to old favorities tax cuts and teacher testing in his State of the State address.

While using the opportunity to get in another plug for his proposed rollback of the state income tax to 5 percent, Cellucci said Thursday he would continue to work to protect online businesses from being burdened with taxes. ...

Reaction to Cellucci's speech included criticism from Democratic Statehouse leaders, who called it short on substance....

Senate President Thomas Birmingham, D-Chelsea, said Cellucci talked about improving education, but offered no financial support.

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, said Cellucci's desire to pass the proposed tax cut doesn't leave any money to deal with such concerns as daycare and affordable housing.

"There won't be any money left to do anything, so if you go through the speech, you'll see there's virtually no new spending, no new programs," Rosenberg said.


Massachusetts Council
of Human Service Providers, Inc.

Contact: Michael Weekes 617-428-3637
January 20, 2000


The report just issued by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation: State Budget '00: Expectations Soar, But Hard Landing Ahead, points to the continued pressures on human service budgets despite the robust Massachusetts economy.

"While the rising tide could raise all the ships," stated Michael Weekes, executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, "we see a steady stream of reports on the hard times faced by many people in the Commonwealth and the organizations that help them."

"The Taxpayer's study, as it forecasts the problems with a tax roll-back, points to the problems of rising caseloads, years of frozen reimbursement rates to contract providers, inadequate salaries for direct care workers, and the expense of caring for people with multiple disabilities," continues Weekes. "This report clearly presents that spending on human services has lagged overall state spending, and at a rate of only less than 1/2 percent per year between 1994 and 1997. Other state programs grew 14 times as fast as human services in the middle of the decade. The Foundation study also stated that while spending on human services increased by 4.0 percent per year between 1997 to 2000 -- the periods when overall state spending began to accelerate -- spending on all other programs rose almost twice as fast -- by 6.7 percent annually. This is yet another definitive and objective study quantifying the lack of funding for the people government has pledged to serve....

State House News Service
Thursday, January 20, 2000

BALLOT QUESTIONS:  House refers nine initiative petitions signed by voters to committees on Judiciary, Government Regulations, House and Senate Science and Technology, Health Care, Natural Resources and Taxation depending on subject matter.

Citizens for Limited Taxation


January 20, 2000


As a Massachusetts citizen who gets to vote for statewide officers but does not get to vote for Senate President, I would be appalled to see a governor of Massachusetts, elected by the majority of voters statewide, stoop to "forumally" debate a state senator elected by a few of his colleagues (who owe their extra-pay chairmanships to his goodwill) to preside over their sessions. It just ain't seemly.

I mean, a governor is heir to the position occupied by John Carver, William Bradford, John Hancock, Sam Adams, Elbridge Gerry, Calvin Coolidge, John Volpe, Edward King, Bill Weld! Okay, Sam Adams and Calvin Coolidge were senate leaders too, but only on their way to becoming governor.

I didn't know taxpayer activist Sam Adams or fiscal conservative Calvin Coolidge, but I still can tell you Tom Birmingham is no Sam Adams or Calvin Coolidge!

No, a state senator should not be debating on an equal footing with a governor. Not that I wouldn't enjoy such a debate -- Sen. Birmingham is no match for Gov. Cellucci -- but I'm sure when they are equalized in the role of candidates for governor in a few years, we will all get to enjoy it.

In the meantime, since Sen. Birmingham has no apparent concern about a governor debating a senator, perhaps he'd have no problem seeing a senate leader debate a taxpayer activist! I volunteer for a public "forum" with him to discuss the legislative promise that the income tax rate would be restored to 5 percent.

Hey, let's all debate! Rep. Finneran can debate Bob Kraft. Lt. Gov. Swift can debate N.O.W. Charitable groups can auction off debates: television and radio can have contests: "the third caller will debate Sen. Birmingham tomorrow for one hour on this show ..."

If Sen. Birmingham is so fond of debate, let's have this year's balcony budget meetings with Rep. Finneran in public. A lot of us would pay to see that.

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