STURBRIDGE -- To many people the words "tax
cut" are some of the nicest sounding words in the English language, but according to
one group, the Cellucci Administration's proposed tax cuts in the Commonwealth's Fiscal
Year 2001 budget will cause more harm than good.
The Sturbridge Democratic Town Committee will host a
presentation this coming Wednesday by Jim St. George, of the Boston-based Tax Equity
Alliance for Massachusetts. St. George and TEAM will present the "Campaign for
Massachusetts' Future," to the Sturbridge, Southbridge, Dudley and Charlton
Democratic Town Committees about what they believe is the need to defeat the GOP income
tax cut proposal on November's ballot. The group was invited by state Rep. Mark Carron,
..."If this referendum passes, the middle class
taxpayer would actually lose money. Those people in the upper-income tax bracket will be
the only ones to see any savings [Rep. Caron lied].
Not surprisingly, state Rep. Reed Hillman,
R-Sturbridge, who represents part of Sturbridge, along with Carron, felt differently about
the proposed tax cuts.
"You can never pay enough taxes to keep TEAM
happy," Hillman joked. ... "Right now, Massachusetts has the fifth highest tax
rate in the U.S. If this passes, we'll have the tenth highest rate," Hillman said.
"I think we need to leave as much money in people's pockets as we can."
The presentation will be made at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday,
March 29, at the Sturbridge-Fiskdale American Legion Post, on Route 20. THE
PUBLIC IS INVITED.