CLT Update
Thursday, April 5, 2001

Taxation Committee hearing date next Tuesday
for CLT's Voluntary Tax Check-off bill

Some of our members have requested that they be advised when we learned of a hearing date for our Voluntary Tax Check-off bill. We were informed yesterday that it will be heard next week before the Legislature's Joint Committee on Taxation. The relevant information follows for those who plan to attend or testify.


S.1734 - An Act Relative to the Voluntary Optional Tax Endowment (VOTE). This is the official CLT bill, sponsored by state Sen. Jo Ann Sprague (R-Walpole).

H.2093 - This is the CLT bill submitted to the House Republican leadership, but which was immediately revised and its "authorship" claimed by state Rep. Fran Marini (R-Hanson). CLT was dropped as its originator or as a named sponsor. While we also support it, we do so only as the second-best alternative. (For more details on the revision and surprise claim of authorship see link below.)

WHEN Tuesday, April 10, at 10:00 AM.
WHERE State House, Room A1 (basement).

CLT announced the filing of our two bills on December 5th of last year in a news release

"Marini has authored a bill..." From the House minority leader's news release

A copy of our bill (in Adobe Acrobat PDF format)

Voluntary tax eases impact of tax-relief referendum
A Boston Herald column by Chip Ford

We know that many legislators are now receptive to the idea of voluntary check-offs: They've recently proposed one to fund (actually, to gut) the Clean Elections Law, overwhelmingly approved by voters in 1998.

Won't it be fun to see if anyone dares object to voluntarily paying what they insisted they didn't need or want with our tax rollback? Will anyone argue against our check-off when they can elect to pay the higher tax rate they promoted as only our "fair share"?

So mark your calendars, folks; we hope to see many of you there on Tuesday!

Chip Ford

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