A Ballot Committee of Citizens for Limited Taxation


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A Ballot Committee of Citizens for Limited Taxation
in Alliance with
Governor A. Paul Cellucci's Tax Rollback Committee


Thank you for
voting "YES!" on Question 4
before they came back for more!

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Four Good Reasons to vote "YES!" on Question 4
Question 4 Q&A
Prepared by Allen Moulton
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State government spending in the late-'80s drove Massachusetts to the brink of bankruptcy. The solution required emergency borrowing and a taxpayer bail-out to rescue the state from fiscal crisis. The Legislature and then-Governor Dukakis imposed what they promised would be a "temporary" income tax increase.

Though the crisis ended years ago and the bonds were fully repaid, the historic tax rate of 5 percent still has not been restored. The 11-year old income tax increase has created huge state surpluses and almost $2 billion in state "savings accounts."

Meanwhile, annual state spending has sky-rocketed from $12.3 billion in 1989 to $21.4 billion this fiscal year; it has almost doubled just since the "temporary" increase was imposed. (By comparison, it took 207 years of Massachusetts history for the commonwealth to reach its first $10 billion budget.) State spending on K-12 education alone has leaped from $1.5 billion in 1992 to $3.7 billion, more than doubling.

Now, most Beacon Hill politicians and advocates for ever-increasing spending deny the "temporary" tax increase promise was ever made ... and even if it was, they claim they can't be held to it ... and even if they could be, they assert that they can better spend your money than you can.

Their denial is not subject to debate. Fortunately, overwhelming historical documentation is available to expose their efforts to deceive, and to prove the promise is a fact.

Was it a promise or wasn't it?
You decide!
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State overspending created the fiscal disaster of the late-'80s. The bail-out required a "temporary" tax increase. With today's tax overpayments pouring in, members of the Legislature are making the same mistake of unsustainable spending.

If we don't stop their fiscal irresponsibility, the politicians will create another disaster.

If we don't roll back the rate to its historic 5 percent while the state is "swimming in money," before another slowdown in the economy, then the next "temporary" tax increase is predictable, perhaps to 7 percent or higher.

The only alternative to "Yes on Question 4" is to let those politicians get away with another broken promise, allow them to continue their overspending causing a new fiscal crisis, then endure a predictable tax increase to again pay for their mistakes.

On Election Day, November 7th, you can finally keep the promise made to Massachusetts taxpayers eleven years ago, by voting "Yes" on Question 4.

We urge you to Keep the Promise
Vote "YES!" on QUESTION 4

The Official Massachusetts Information for Voters
The 2000 Ballot Questions
Question 4

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