CLT Update
Thursday, November 9, 2000


"The Sky is Falling!"
the Gimme Lobby whines on

Will someone please tell the pathetic Gimme Lobby that the campaign is over and they lost?

Yesterday the (Quincy) Patriot Ledger reported: "State voters have given themselves the biggest income tax cut in state history. Now state officials will have to decide how to pay for it" [story below]. It was accompanied by an audible gnashing of Gimme Lobby teeth, forecasting that the sky is about to fall and civilization crumble ... again, just like when our Proposition 2 1/2 passed.

State officials, you will not have to "pay for it." You will not have the money in the first place to do anything with. Our tax cut will come from what would otherwise be more midnight spending frenzies of the surpluses. You just will not have more of it to spend like drunken sailors on shore leave!

"My real estate taxes will go up. My streets won't be plowed as well," Robert Mullen, a business agent for Pipefitters Local 537, said, adding that the tax cut is "going to hurt everyone."

He forgot to mention the plague of locusts which is about to descend!

Mr. Mullen, thanks to our Proposition 2 no, your property taxes won't go up. We accept your appreciation for Prop 2, Mr. Mullen. What? You opposed that 20 years ago too? What a surprise!

Talk about poor losers and sour grapes! They just never give up, never let go.

The fact is, in the first year of our rollback, revenues will be reduced by only $128 million, a drop in the bucket. That leaves hundreds of millions of surplus dollars still coming into the state coffers.

Let's watch closely now to see just how much of that whopping surplus goes into "paying down the biggest state debt in the nation" -- now that they don't need the phony scare tactic as a desperate campaign tool! Don't hold your breath.

Chip Ford

Voters give selves $1.2B tax cut
The Patriot Ledger
Thursday, November 9, 2000

Lawmakers weigh impact of tax cut
The Boston Herald
Thursday, November 9, 2000

The wisdom of Question 4
The Boston Herald
Thursday, November 9, 2000
A Boston Herald editorial

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